You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Singapore: FLY Project Helps Next Generation of Southeast Asian Talent to Soar

The peripatetic ASEAN-ROK film leaders incubator program FLY took off in 2012 in Davao, and has since touched down in Sapporo, Higashikawa/Hokkaido, Busan, Huahin, Yangon, Johor Bahru, Phnom Penh and Yogyakarta before arriving in Singapore this year.

Selected emerging filmmakers from the 10 ASEAN nations and South Korea participate in a two-week short filmmaking workshop. They are divided into two teams and must each make a short film from scratch as part of the graduation process.

The efforts of this year’s group were on display on Monday, the final day of the program. The short films “Yanti” and “Welcome To The Happiest Place On Earth” were screened to an appreciative audience at the Singapore National Design Centre, prior to the graduation ceremony.

One of the directing mentors this year was Korean filmmaker Shin Dong-seok, whose “Last Child” was a New Currents nominee at Busan in 2017 and won the White Mulberry Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival in 2018. “They are just learning how to make films, but their passion was great,” Shin told Variety about his students. “It was more than I expected. They worked very hard, until dawn. It reminded me of when I was a beginner. For me it was a great experience to think about their passion and how to be a good filmmaker.”

Singaporean filmmaker Judith Tong edited and did the post sound on “Yanti”. She has had a head start in the industry, with her shorts screened at Busan, Tribeca and Rhode Island festivals. She is currently working with prolific Singapore production outfit Akanga Film Asia. “It is very rare that we get to work with filmmakers around the region,” Tong said. “FLY is an important program to have. It’s a platform for us to have collaborations and co-productions in future.”

Fellow Singaporean, Tang Wan Xin, is a graduate of the Puttnam school of film at Lasalle. Her thesis film “White Carnations” premiered at Munich and is currently on the festival circuit. She is one of the directors on “Welcome To The Happiest Place on Earth.” “Everyone is so different,” says Tang about her FLY teammates. “The way we talk about things and the way we initially almost struggled, because we are so different. But finding those differences and finding the similarities amongst those differences, that’s what I learnt from this program.”

The FLY program is hosted by Korea’s Busan Metropolitan City and Singapore’s Info-comm Media Development Authority. It is organized by the Busan Film Commission-Busan Asian Film School, the Singapore Film Commission and Asian Film Commissions Network in cooperation with the Singapore International Film Festival and Aputure Imaging Industries. ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Fund are the sponsors.

More Film

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

    Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.” In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes [...]

  • Oscars Placeholder

    Make-Up and Hair Stylist Guild Applauds Academy's Stance on Airing Every Oscar Winner

    Rowdy boos were followed by triumphant cheers at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles, as the Hollywood union touched on a week of controversy over a reversed decision to hand out four Oscars during the show’s commercial breaks. Hair and makeup was one of the four categories that would [...]

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Bette Midler

    Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars (EXCLUSIVE)

    Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at the Oscar ceremonies on Feb. 24, Variety has learned. Midler, a longtime friend of composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman, will sing the song originally performed by Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.” The song, by Shaiman and his lyricist partner Scott Wittman, is one of five [...]

  • Olmo Teodoro Cuaron, Alfonso Cuaron and

    Alfonso Cuarón Tells Why His Scoreless 'Roma' Prompted an 'Inspired' Companion Album

    Back around the ‘90s, “music inspired by the film” albums got a bad name, as buyers tired of collections full of random recordings that clearly were inspired by nothing but the desire to use movie branding to launch a hit song. But Alfonso Cuarón, the director of “Roma,” is determined to find some artistic validity [...]

  • Berlin Film Festival 2019 Award Winners

    Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' Wins Golden Bear

    Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” about a young Israeli man in Paris who has turned his back on his native country, won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale on Saturday. The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to François Ozon’s French drama “By the Grace of God,” a fact-based account of the Catholic Church [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content