SAFF PROJECT MARKET

Bringing film projects to fruition

The Southeast Asian Film Financing Forum (“SAFF”) is an annual summit that brings together the best feature film concepts from Asia and Europe, to meet with international co-producing partners, festival programmers, distributors, commissioners, and financiers.

Up to 15 projects will be selected by a panel to be featured at the SAFF Project Market.
 

Selected projects will stand a chance to win prizes at the end of the SAFF Project Market.

2020 FINALISTS

A MILLION WAYS TO RETURN HOME

Country / Region: Singapore
Genre: Comedy / Family / Drama
Producer:
 Dolly Tay
Director: Stanley Soh
Writer: Stanley Soh
Language: Bengali / English / Mandarin

CHASING A DREAM

Country / Region: Thailand
Genre: Musical
Producer:
 Paul Spurrier
Director: Paul Spurrier
Writer: Paul Spurrier
Language: Thai / English

DISCOVERED

Country / Region: Malaysia
Genre: Found Footage / Supernatural / Thriller
Producer:
 Yin Tan
Director: Mai Fernandez
Writer: Mai Fernandez
Language: English / Malay

FATHER’S OFFICE

Country / Region: Myanmar
Genre: Documentary
Producer:
 Radha Chowdhuri
Director: Radha Chowdhuri
Writer: Radha Chowdhuri
Language: English / Burmese

FIRST LIGHT

Country / Region: Netherlands / Singapore / China
Genre: Near Sci-Fi
Producer:
 Valerie van Zuijlen
Director: Valerie van Zuijlen
Writer: Valerie van Zuijlen
Language: English / Mandarin / Dutch

HUNGRY GHOST DINER

Country / Region: Malaysia
Genre: Supernatural / Family / Drama
Producer:
 Lim Benji
Director: Cho We Jun
Writer: Cho We Jun
Language: Mandarin

KATHOEY

Country / Region: Philippines / Thailand
Genre: Narrative / Road / LGBTQ / Drama
Producer:
 Sarah Pagcaliwagan-Brakensiek
Director: Joris Fernandez / Paolo Martin Valconcha
Writer: Paolo Martin Valconcha
Language: Tagalog / Thai

SUGAR SUGAR

Country / Region: Singapore / Thailand
Genre: Documentary Feature
Producer:
 Peter Tan Chun Earn
Director: Phutsachi Pipat "Koo"
Writer: Tan Hui Tian Esther
Language: English / Japanese / Filipino / Mandarin

SWAN RIVER

Country / Region: Philippines
Genre: Drama / Thriller / Survival
Producer:
 Anna Liza Recto
Director: WilFredo C Manalang
Writer: Wilfredo C Manalang / Maria De Guzman-Schlanger 
Language: English / Tagalog

ZSAZSA ZATURNNAH

Country / Region: Philippines
Genre: Animation
Producer:
 Franck Priot / Avid Liongoren
Director: Avid Liongoren
Writer: Carlo Vergara / Avid Liongoren
Language: English

IMPORTANT DATES

Call for project submission opens: July 17, 2020

Project submission closes: September 30, 2020

Announcement of the shortlisted Projects: November 5, 2020

Prize give-away to the top 5 Projects: December 04, 2020

ELIGIBILITY

  • Fiction / Documentary / Animation projects with a minimum length of 70 minutes
  • Applicant can be the project’s Writer, Director, or Producer
  • While this is open to international applicants, all projects submitted must contain a Southeast Asian element in one or more of the following significant creative roles:
    • Producers from Southeast Asian nationality or residing in Southeast Asia
    • Director and/or Writer from Southeast Asian nationality or residing in Southeast Asia
    • Shooting or Post-Production location of Project
    • Overall thematic thrust of the Project (involving Southeast Asian lead characters or involving uniquely Southeast Asian issues etc.)
  • Screenplay not required, just a treatment (3-5 pages)

TIPS TO WIN

BiTE SiZE MASTERCLASS:
Micah Tadena, Philippines Country Manager, 108 Media

Film  |  Part 1

  • What are the factors you evaluate when looking at which pitch to choose/eliminate?
  • What makes a film great for you?
  • Is it safer to write on a mainstream topic or find a niche/unique selling point?
  • What are the common mistakes made in a pitch?    

BiTE SiZE MASTERCLASS:
Micah Tadena, Philippines Country Manager, 108 Media

Film  |  Part 2

  • What is the SOP of a killer pitch (writing / production)?
  • What are the top 3 pointers to note in perfecting the art of pitching?
  • Are there certain qualities that make a film better?

WHAT OUR PAST PARTICIPANT HAVE TO SAY

Anne Prado-Magadia

President
Atom & Anne Mediaworks

Q: What motivated you to take part in the SAFF Project Market?

A: Every aspect and stage of film and multi-media content production requires partnerships and collaboration. Nurturing relationships and meeting new people from both within and outside your ‘neighbourhood’ is an essential part of the film industry as it functions within the global village. The SAFF Project Market funnels expertise and resource people from all-over the world and brings them ‘to-the-table’ with filmmakers for projects that have the potential for a world-wide audience.

Q: How have your participation in the SAFF Project Market helps you in your career, or for the development of your project?

A: SAFF Project Market has introduced me to several amazing like-minded people within the industry, and from different parts of the world. Their input gave me different perspectives that have been beneficial to the projects that we have in-development.

Q: What would your advice be for those intending to take part in this year’s SAFF Project Market?

A: Know your project inside-and-out, its strengths and weaknesses. Come-in with an open mind, so you can learn, maximize the experience, and truly engage with the people you will meet.

 

Iskander Azizuddin

Producer
Feisk Productions

Q : What motivated you to take part in SAFF Project Market?

A : I saw this as an opportunity to highlight my film, Angkat, and to potentially meet other like - minded people who would be able to help it my film's development. The SAFF Project Market is a well- known platform and I was lucky to have my project selected.
 

Q : How have your participation in the SAFF Project Market helps you in your career, or for the development of your project?

A : Attending the project market allowed us to get to know the industry players and to share with them our passion for film. We were fortunate to have met established producers and companies ad fostered relationships which have allowed us to progress our feature film further. Establishing a presence in the industry is important for future productions and those attending the project market all have one thing in mind: FILM! 
 

Q : What would your advice be for those intending to take part in this year’s SAFF Project Market?

A : Schedule as many meetings as possible! Mingle with attendees! Have your elevator pitch ready at all times! Most importantly, have fun!

 

Abdul Zainidi

Director
Rumah Kumbang

Q : What motivated you to take part in SAFF Project Market?

A : My name is Abdul Zainidi. I’m an indie filmmaker and have been educated in Busan Asian Film School, and an alumni of Tokyo Talents and American Film Showcase. I have always been very active in joining workshops and felt privileged to be selected for them and gaining more experience as a filmmaker and producer. The SAFF project market is no exception. Having previously read all the testimonials and seen some fellow filmmakers take part I was also urged to give it a try. And it was also an opportunity for my film project ‘Rumah Kumbang’ to gain more exposure as a Brunei project.

I also saw that in previous years there has been no participant from Brunei so I naturally applied as I have a reputation in Brunei for promoting a ‘different side of Brunei’. To help our industry gain more exposure as it were.

Q : How have your participation in the SAFF Project Market helps you in your career, or for the development of your project?

A : In terms of what I gained from SAFF, I definitely networked a lot during SAFF and gained contacts that have till now helped and given not only ‘Rumah Kumbang’ exposure but also my previous work such as ‘vanishing children’ and my feature film ‘worm and the widow’. I believe that selected for this workshop and market also gives us a chance to meet other filmmakers and producers who eventually become close acquaintances. Friends and even contacts that roll onto a more bigger scope. I also became more acquainted with Singapore and was lucky to be mostly at lavish Marina Bay ,where it was such a treat for the eye thank you justin. The hotel we were residing in courtesty of SAFF was also very cozy and delightful. I made friends here and also shopped at nearby Mustafa in  my free time.

Q : What would your advice be for those intending to take part in this year’s SAFF Project Market?

A : My advice is to seize the opportunity. It’s an honour to represent your country and be invited to a market and you literally can meet as many people who are vital to your project as you can. The days are limited so you probably need to drink a lot of coffee and network but that’s ok you can sleep once you are home in your own country. I was grateful indeed. Thanks!

Micah Tadena

Producer
Quantum Run

Q: What motivated you to take part in the SAFF Project Market?

A: SAFF creates concrete linkages between creators and buyers. The network is definitely getting bigger every year and we're always building new relationships with producers, financiers and distributors from the region and beyond. It's also a big bonus that the parties are fun and the prizes are worth competing for.
 

Q: How have your participation in the SAFF Project Market helps you in your career, or for the development of your project?

A: We've definitely created a wider network because of SAFF. Project Markets like these allow us to introduce ourselves to people whose email addresses and LinkedIn accounts feel out of reach. These networks make it much easier to sustain potential relationships even for projects that don't make it to SAFF.

Q: What would your advice be for those intending to take part in this year’s SAFF Project Market?

A: Submitting a project pitch is easy so do not let the deadline pass! When you're there, make an effort to excite every person you talk to. We used to start meetings asking buyers what they're looking for and tailor fitting pitches according to what we hear. Now, we're more inclined to tell buyers why our content is needed in the market. There's always that electric moment when everyone on the table understands why the pitch has to come to life. That's what we're after.

 

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH MATTIE DO, DIRECTOR, THE LONG WALK

"The SAFF Project Market was wonderful for increasing my network of other Southeast Asia’s filmmakers, and connecting me with amazing people working in the film industry in our region here. It's been great to meet and get to know the other creatives in our line of work that are based in Southeast Asia.
"Past participants have been able to form a “brotherhood” that allows us to seek support from each other."

— MATTIE DO, Director, The Long Walk

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