7 - 10 October 2023
Asian Contents & Film Market 2023
AFiS X NAPNet FORUM
- Mon, 10 October, 16:00 - 17:30 | Day 3
- Event Room B
Asian Producer Networking: Building bridges between Asia
As the largest and most populous continent, how do we build a connection between Asia as a producer? And how do we fully utilize the advantages and disadvantages of each region? Through this topic, we aim to reflect on how to bridge the gap between subregions of the Asian continent and boost collaborations between Asian filmmakers and Asians and Non-Asians on a broader scale. The forum will be held by Busan Asian Film School (AFiS) in collaboration with a New Asian Producers Network (NAPNet).
Ajay Rai is an award-winning Creative Producer and founder of In Front Films. He has worked across development, production and finance companies in the UK and has a wealth of international management and leadership experience. As an educator, he initiated and directed a London based BFI Film Academy delivered with partners BAFTA and Pinewood Studios. As of 2018 he is a visiting lecturer at the Busan Asian Film School, where he both teaches and continues to mentor emerging producers from all over Asia. As a Social Entrepreneur, he has worked with the likes of the UN, UNESCO and the Council of Europe and numerous NGOs, consulting on brand and social awareness campaigns and producing hundreds of hours of multi-media content. He currently serves as a Trustee for a UK charity. Ajay is a MA Producing graduate of the National Film & Television School and a Richard Dunn scholar.
Hemant Gaba dabbles both in documentaries & fiction. He has attended Documentary Campus (Crossing Borders Program), Germany (2017) and Interdoc, Serbia (2019). His feature documentary, An Engineered Dream (2018) was awarded as Best Non-Feature Film at 67th National Film Awards (India), Jury Award at Kerala Documentary Film Festival (2018) and had television broadcast in seven Asia Pacific countries. His previous documentary, short and independent feature has been screened in over two dozen film festivals and has found berth at OTT and television platforms.
Born in Lebanon, Pascale is a linguist turned storyteller. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. After a 6-year career within the university, she shifted towards filmmaking. She’s an alumna of the 2021 Beirut Locarno Industry Academy International and a fellow of Busan Asian Film School’s International Film Business Academy (class of 2021). She has co-written and co-produced 2 award-winning short films, The Blind of the Cathedral (2015) and Perhaps Today… (2017). She is one of the 3 co-founders of MovieTailor Pictures, a Beirut-based film production, distribution, and sales company.
CHOO Mun Bel started his film journey in 2010 and formed a production house called Sixtymac Production based in Malaysia that focuses on featured film and commercial advertisement. Taking up the role of a film director, director of photography, and producer, he produced several award-winning short films, namely, Colourless, Liar Land, The Boy Who Rock the World in the past 5 years. In 2020, Belz was selected to the Locarno Open Doors Lab and Singapore Southeast Asian Film Lab with one of his feature film projects, City of Simple Simons.
Anup Poudel is a producer based in Kathmandu. A graduate of Oscar College of Film Studies in Kathmandu, Anup has graduated in a film-producing course from Busan Asian Film School, South Korea. His short films as a Producer have been selected in the festivals like Cannes, Venice, Busan, Winterthur, Locarno, Montreal, Uppsala, Galway and many more. He was also awarded by the then US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for his short film. He has recently completed three short films and a feature, which are in process to be submitted across various film festivals.
Ivy Yu-Hua SHEN, the Taiwanese producer, has experience in film production, distribution, international sales & acquisition. She is an international fellow of Busan Asian Film School (AFiS), and a member of the Rotterdam Lab and New Asian Producers Network (NAPNet). Her producing film DOSTOJEE (TWO FRIENDS) was invited to the BFI London Film Festival 2021 and went to several project markets, including NFDC Film Bazaar, Marche du Film, and Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF). Now she works on several projects as a producer, including features, shorts, and animation, many of which are international co-production projects. Recently, her developing feature projects include MALICE, directed by Lungyin Lim and selected in Focus Asia Taiwan Showcase, and ANJUMA, directed by Rajib Mohajan and selected in Locarno Open Doors Consultancy.