Producer of APPRENTCIE, programmer
Raymond PHATHANAVIRANGOON is a film producer and an international film festival programmer. Previously he served as international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival as well as Programme Consultant for the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Cannes Critics’ Week. Prior to that, he was the Director of Marketing & Special Projects (Acquisitions) for international sales agent Fortissimo Films. He acted as a Reading Committee Member for the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and was an advisory member of the Asian Film Awards (AFA). He was a jury member at festival such as Sarajevo, Vladivostok, Seattle, Antalya, Jecheon and others. Most recently he serves as Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC), a 8-month intensive script lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers. His producing credits include Boo Junfeng’s APPRENTICE, Josh Kim’s HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME), Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s HEADSHOT, Pang Ho-Cheung’s DREAM HOME, among others.
Lai Kin Chang
Director of SWEET DUMPLINGS
Lai Kin Chang Sweet Dumplings is Lai Kin’s first fiction short film. Lai Kin is born in Belgium yet her Chinese – Vietnamese roots gave her the benefit of growing up with the Western and Chinese traditional culture. With a passion for arts and film, Lai Kin graduated from the animation film department at the RITCS, the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound in Brussels. She has been active in the field of animation as a lay-out artist and animator and worked for the Academy Awards nominated film Les Triplettes de Belville.
As a producer and researcher of the author documentary (90’) Chopstick Conversations she penetrates in the world of the Chinese restaurants. Lai Kin is also working at the RITCS where she’s responsable for international projects and festivals. Her recent choice to direct fiction films is mainly to express her fascination for food and its metaphor. She also want to share the stories about complex Chinese family relations. Lai Kin has received development funding from the Flemish Film Fund for her first feature. As a director she has a particular artistic and cinematographic approach on film. One where she invites you in her world where East meets West.
Producer of MAD WORLD
Heiward started her story telling career as a children illustrator. At the age of 21, her graduation project LOVERS’ LOVERS awarded her first Golden Award in Independent Short Film from the 12th IFVA and her first Young Director’s Award from the 9th International Film Festival in Hannover, Germany. Screenwrote and directed her first independent movie HIGH NOON. She was the youngest female movie director, running for the Best New Director in the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards. She also wrote MEN SUDDENLY IN BLACK 2, LOVE IN THE PUFF, REAL ESTATE. In 2010, with LOVE IN THE PUFF, she was awarded as the Best Screenplay in 30th Hong Kong Film Awards. At the same year, she wrote and directed her 2nd feature film EX. In 2011, she wrote and directed BESIDE HAPPINESS & DIVA. In 2012, she formed an independent group, which consists of independent singers, actors and artists. All these persisting performers have the same determination and passion in pursuing their dreams. They have often been labelled as the Dumb Youth as they never take no for an answer. Under her leadership and her flock of talents, Dumb Youth has groomed their first short film director Kaki Sham, and his first Golden Award in Independent Short Film from the 14th IFVA. In 2014, Dumb Youth had it first independent film production with UNCERTAIN RELETIONSHIP SOCIETY and received great responses from the young generation in Hong Kong. Heiward has also supported new movie director, Rita Hui in producing KEEN WOMAN, Chun Wong in producing both GOOD TAKE & MAD WORLD.
Lead Actress in Taxi Stories
Corallin (Cora) Cao, photographer, model, DJ and actress originally from Chengdu. China. Cora graduated from Sichuan Conservatory of Drama in China and moved to Hong Kong in 2009 where she became a top model, actress and photographer working with brands such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, L’oreal, Bacardi, Oil of Olay, Lane Crawford, Adidas and Maybelline. She recently moved to Saigon, Vietnam where she is pursuing fashion photography and is a resident DJ at Southeast Asia’s foremost underground nightclub “The Observatory.” Cora’s interest in fashion has culminated in her designing her own line of swim wear, Cora Swim.
Participating director of SANG PEMBAKAR
Hari Suprayitno was one of the participants of the workshop ‘single shot cinema’, organized by the Erasmus Documentary Film Festival, granted by the Ford Foundation and tutored by documentary filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich, to help increase the quality of documentary film making in Indonesia. The documentary “Sang pembakar” (Those who burn), about the burning of forestland near Jambi, is a collective effort by the participants of the ‘single shot cinema’ workshop. The other participants/directors are Ucu Agustin and Dwitra J. Ariana.
Director and Producer of TAXI STORIES
Doris Yeung 楊文穎 was raised in Hong Kong and California. She has written and directed films in China, Europe and the US and has studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, American Film Institute and Beijing Film Academy with degrees in Art History and Directing. She directed her first feature film, MOTHERLAND (2009) starring reknowned Chinese and Canadian actors, Francoise Yip 葉芳華 and Kenneth Tsang 曾江. It was named one of the 10 best Asian American Films of 2009 by Asian Pacific Arts Magazine and a “filmmaker to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter. She is also a working film programmer, programming films for various international film festivals and has been on many film juries including the Teddy Jury at Berlinale Film Festival. She resides and works in Amsterdam since 2002 and founded the CinemAsia Film Festival, Netherlands.
Director of THE BEEKEEPER AND HIS SON
Diedie Weng grew up in Guangdong, Southern China and is currently based in Switzerland. She received her MFA in documentary production at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After a few short documentary projects, The Beekeeper And His Son is her first feature documentary project.