Last Friday, was the kick-off of the 8th edition of the CinemAsia FilmLAB at Cinetol in Amsterdam. Three young talents have been selected to make a short Asian diaspora film under the professional guidance of Dutch filmmaker Jimmy Tai. The theme of CinemAsia FilmLAB 2017 is ‘LOVE’.

At the beginning of October, six film projects have been selected from all the CinemAsia FilmLAB 2017 submissions. Two of the projects will eventually go in production. This is the first time that the audience got the chance to select one of the film projects. The online voting attracted 2223 voters. With 683 votes, “PRICETAG” received the majority of the votes. The other film project have been selected by the FilmLAB-committee: “LOVE”.



“PRICETAG” by Myrthe Nymph Wai
Pricetag is about the 29-year-old Jeffrey Chen, who works as a shop assistent in a Chinese supermarket. One thing he has learned at the store is ‘everything has a price’. His childhood sweetheart is the 27-year-old Annie Lin. She comes from a traditional, wealthy Chinese family with strict parents. Annie and Jeffrey are already about two years engaged, but Jeffrey did not have enough money to meet the demands of his parents-in-law.

Filmmaker Myrthe Nymph Wai (18) is from The Hague and has a Chinese background. Currently she is freshman ‘Film and Audiovisual Media’ student at the Dutch Filmers Academy in Hilversum.



“LIEFDE” by Enang Wattimena 
This documentary is a research on the family story of the main character. He remembers a mysterious family photograph of his ancestors, a wealthy family in the Dutch East Indies. The picture also contains his great grandmother, the earth mother of his mother’s family, a woman from Atjeh. Then it seems that she was clipped from the picture. Many questions arise. This is the start of his quest for the many faces of love.

Filmmaker Enang Wattimena (34) is Moluccan-Indo, born and raised in Brabant and currently lives in Rotterdam. This is his first film project.



“DINNERTIME” by Josscy Vallaza Aartsen
The Indonesian Ricky (10) and the Dutch Emma (10) are playing together at Emma’s home in the living room.
They are having and lose track of time.
When Emma’s mum calls, they know what time it is. DINNERTIME. Maar als Emma’s moeder roept om te gaan eten, weten ze hoe laat het is. DINNERTIME.

Filmmaker Josscy has an Indonesian background and lives in Lelystad. He has already produced different films. One of them is the short film ‘Perjalanan’, which has been screened at the CinemAsia Film Festival in 2015.

Mentor: Jimmy Tai


Jimmy Tai (40) is a Dutch filmmaker of Chinese descent. Jimmy studied scenario & directing at the University of the Arts in Utrecht. In 2006 he made PING for CinemAsia FilmLAB. He also worked as the assistant director on productions like Bro’s Before Ho’s, New Kids, De Club van Sinterklaas, Mees Kees op de Planken, Sonny Boy, ‘t Schaep met de 5 Pooten, etcetera. Jimmy Tai: “The ingredients to make a good film differ per project. That makes me approach each film differently, in order to bring out the uniqueness of each individual story. I’m looking forward to guide the CinemAsia FilmLAB 2017 participants”.


After an intensive production process, under the guidance of the FilmLAB producers Judith Mulder and Daan Vree, the two filmmakers will experience their world premiere during the 10th edition of the CinemAsia Film Festival, that will take place from 7th – 12th March 2017 in Amsterdam. The films will subsequently go on tour throughout the country.