CinemAsia FilmLAB 10th Anniversary
2019 marks the 10th anniversary of FilmLAB, 55 CinemAsia’s talent development program. Throughout the years FilmLAB has given aspiring filmmakers with Asian roots the opportunity to turn their personal stories into short films. Thus far this has resulted in the production of almost 30 short films.
CinemAsia believes that filmmakers, producers, writers, cinematographers and actors with Asian roots have a wealth of stories to tell that rarely make it to Dutch screens. That’s why FilmLAB offers them the knowhow and equipment to get their projects off the ground and connects them to the Dutch film and television industry in order to stimulate a more durable and wider range of Asian representation in the media in the Netherlands and abroad.
Every edition focuses on a particular theme to provide the participants with a clear and captivating conceptual framework for their productions. Our talent incubation programme consists of a bootcamp and various workshops by professionals from the Dutch and International film industry. The FilmLAB producers guide the participants from development to postproduction, while experts help the talents to develop their skills and how to use their diverse backgrounds to their advantage. FilmLAB is supported by numerous sponsors with camera equipment, montage feedback, colour correction, sound work and mastering.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of FilmLAB, we are launching two programmes: FilmLAB Writers Room is a programme that helps participants to write their fiction short film script and FilmLAB Documentary is a programme where participants complete a documentary short film.
During the FilmLAB Writers Room program, ten scriptwriters are skilled in how to turn their fiction short film from concept to script. The participants also got professional coaching in project pitching. to present themselves and their projects to industry experts during the festival and to expand their network.
The completed documentary short films of the FilmLAB Documentary programme will be premiered at CinemAsia Film Festival. During several screenings the filmmakers will present their films to the public and industry, with Q & A afterwards. The documentary short films also get a spot in our annual On Tour programme in Rotterdam. Through our popular platforms, participants gain exposure and the chance to share their creative process with the public. They also receive advice and assistance in pitching their work to international festivals, sales and distribution companies.
FilmLAB 2019 Crafts and Cultural Heritage
This year’s theme of FilmLAB documentary programme is ‘Crafts and cultural heritage’. Crafts as a creative process, how practicing crafts effect tradition and can play a role in the construction of identity, and its role in passing on certain values for future generations.