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New script development initiative, Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC) has joined forces with the Produire au Sud producer training workshop.

Part of the Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, France, Produire Au Sud has operated an annual workshop in Bangkok, Thailand for several years. SEAFIC is launching its three-part course at multiple locations across the region from October this year.

The new arrangement will consolidate both programs’ calls for entries. The five projects eventually selected for SEAFIC will automatically be enrolled in Produire au Sud’s Southeast Asia workshop. The directors and screenwriter will attend SEAFIC’s script development lab, while in parallel the producers of those same projects get to attend Produire au Sud.

The Produire au Sud Southeast Asia lab will move to Chiang Mai and take place concurrently with SEAFIC’s first session, from October 23-30, 2016. Later, SEAFIC x PAS will hold a second, follow-up session for the same producers in June 2017 to coincide with SEAFIC’s final session in Singapore.

SEAFIC has recently attracted additional sponsorship from The Japan Foundation in Bangkok. Singapore’s The Arts House has also come on board as SEAFIC’s partner and venue sponsor for SEAFIC’s final session in June 2017. SEAFIC x PAS is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Pre-selectors for SEAFIC include Paul Federbush, international director of the Sundance Institute, Shozo Ichiyama, producer and program director of the Tokyo FILMeX festival, Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, and Asia-based French producer Isabelle Glachant.

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