GIVEN the overwhelming response to the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market last year, it was bound to return bigger than before. Yesterday, the second ever SAFF announced that it was officially open for submissions!
Launched last year by media investment and producing association Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) at ScreenSingapore (SS) — the nation’s most important film market and conference — SAFF put the spotlight on a curation of fledgling regional projects. Its debut saw 148 submissions from 22 countries from all over the world, but only ten were chosen to receive SAFF’s support.
Malaysian film One Two Jaga was one of SAFF’s inaugural ten. The project went on to win two prizes at the market, boosting its appeal to international collaborators.
Currently in pre-production and expected to begin shooting locally within days, One Two Jaga‘s cast has since grown to include Indonesian stars such as award-winning actor Ario Bayu and model slash marketing strategist Asmara Abigail.
SAFF’s second edition marks the return of producer’s network SAAVA as well as film co-producing workshop Ties That Bind, which in 2012 saw Dain Said‘s Interchange walk through its doors.
There will additionally be a full-day film financing conference closing this year’s ScreenSingapore. For its grand follow-up, SAFF aspires to facilitate and advocate filmmaking within the South East Asian region even further.
Which is good news for the industry: fifteen projects will be shortlisted this year, but you can expect competition to be a lot tougher now that the likes of Kathy Morgan, Executive Producer of Oscar-winner The Danish Girl, and single-shot wizard Leonard Retel Helmrich make up the selection panel.
The 2016 edition of SAFF is open to international applicants interested in making fiction, documentary or animation longer than 70 minutes. There is more or less only one major rule: submissions must emphasize Southeast Asia, through location or theme.
Filmmakers hoping to give a shot, check out the rest of the application guidelines and keep in mind that early bird submissions end on 31 August 2016!
SAFF will take place at Marina Bay Sands Singapore from 7 – 9 December 2016 alongside the Asia TV Forum & Market.