Jakarta. Five feature-length film projects from Indonesia are on the shortlist of Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market, or SAFF Project Market, which is part of the annual ScreenSingapore event set to be held from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 at Marina Bay Sands.
The Indonesian films are among 15 that will have a shot at finding financing, distribution and collaboration opportunities. This year, Indonesia is also ScreenSingapore's country of focus.
"The selection of projects and filmmakers we have this year at the SAFF Project Market is world-class and points to a deep pool of talent in Southeast Asia that will be showcased to international investors. With Indonesia as our country of focus this year, we're excited to create more inter-regional co-production opportunities with a marketplace of tremendous potential," said Justin Deimen, executive director at Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), one of the market's organizers.
One of the films is "Yuni," a take on child marriage by "The Seen and Unseen" director Kamila Andini. The film is produced by Ifa Isfansyah.
There are also Adriyanto Dewo's "Lastri" about a housemaid losing the kid she is supposed to take care of, and Andra Fembriarto's "Marangka: The Corpse Flower" about a young boy who must choose between saving his wicked sister's life and a caring forest creature that ate her.
The remaining two films are thrillers — "Stalker" by Winaldo Artaraya Swastia and "The Hunted" by Agung Sentausa who is best known for directing "Garasi" in 2006.
A team of judges, including SAAVA chairman Chan Gin Kai and European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs chief executive Kristina Trapp, who handpicked the shortlist, will be in attendance to announce SAFF Project Market 2017 winners on Dec. 1.
Media financing experts such as Cannes Directors' Fortnight programmer Benjamin Illos, Darpan Singapore founder Sreyashi Shen and 20th Century Fox vice president for Asia Pacific Kurt Rieder will speak at the SAFF conference about the opportunities and trends in Southeast Asian content production.
The conference topics include new models of co-production, new media business models, the rise of the Indonesian film economy, creating marketing and sales strategies for indie filmmaking, and the art of nurturing local intellectual properties (IPs) into global franchises.
The project market's third edition is organized collaboratively by ScreenSingapore, SAAVA and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshops (TTB), under the auspices of the Singapore Media Festival hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3.