CinemAsia FIlmLAB is a program that was created to stimulate a wider range of Asian representation and other diasporic identities on television and cinema screens in Netherlands and around the world. Dutch-Asian filmmakers, writers, cinematographers and actors have a wealth of stories to tell that rarely make it to Dutch cinema screens.

CinemAsia FilmLab provides an opportunity for Dutch-Asian filmmakers to hone their skills and fain experience in the art of filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera.

Every year we place an open call for filmmakers to enter the CinemAsia FilmLAB program. After the submissions are in, our producers make a selection and the team will start working on developing their scripts, gather a crew, deliver feedback on their timelines and budgets, and guide them through the filmmaking process from pre-production to post-production. 

Every cycle FilmLAB provides the filmmakers with a seed fund to be used towards productions costs. The various affiliations and sponsors who support CinemAsia FilmLAB’s mission allow us to support each cohort through the entire production process. Camera rental service Cam-A-Lot provides top of the line cameras and the post production facility, Filmmore, offers color correction services to give the shorts a professional look.

All FilmLAB shorts premiere at the CinemAsia Film Festival where filmmakers also get the opportunity to share the creative process behind their films. The shorts are also part of the CinemAsia On Tour program and screened in several cinemas throughout The Netherlands.

CinemAsia FilmLAB also assists in further distribution and collaborates with several festivals and organizations worldwide to help push the shorts into the public domain. Festivals such as Berlin Asian Film Festival, Film by the Sea, Bali International Film Festival, Indofilmcafé, Shortcutz Amsterdam and the Tong Tong Fair.

Please feel free to check our news page for the latest updates, check out our short film archive and see if there is currently a call for submission

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