New Malaysian Film Lab Brings in Filipino Film Industry Experts


Malaysia’s mylab – a new film lab and incubator program for Malaysian screenwriters, directors and producers looking to work on the development of screenplays and film projects under the guidance of creative and creative experts. industry – called on Filipino film professionals as mentors and panelists for the next edition of their lab. It will take place during the Busan International Film Festival this month.

For its Busan edition, the laboratory opened up to Asian projects, including the Filipino feature project Mother Maybe, directed by Sonny Calvento and produced by Sheron Dayoc and Arden Rod Condez of Southern Lantern Studios.

I am grateful to have been hired by the lab to be one of the industry mentors for the program. As a mentor, I will share my global industry experience and help our filmmakers find international collaborations and partnerships that can help them realize their dreams for their global feature film projects.

As I shift gears after serving as President and CEO of the National Film Agency for the past six years, I look forward to once again collaborating with Filipino and international industry partners to discover and empower more projects in the region.

Other Filipino mentors operated include:

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Coreen ‘Monster’ Jimenez—Script Mentor. Coreen is a filmmaker and managing partner of This Side Up, a content creation house that develops stories for advertising. At the same time, she runs Arkeofilms, an affiliate company that produces independent films. Her notable production credits include ‘Respeto’ (2017), ‘Apocalypse Child’ (2015) and a documentary she directed, ‘Kano: An American and His Harem’ (2010) – critically acclaimed films that have circumnavigated the globe and continue to be sold in various territories.

Bianca Balbuena-Liew — Lecturer on film financing. She is the Philippines-based producer and CEO of Epic Media Productions, Inc., which has produced over 40 feature films, shorts and series, including Venice Film Festival’s Lion of the Future “Engkwentro” by Pepe Diokno, Berlinale Silver Bear “A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery” by Lav Diaz, Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week “The Manila Lover” by Johanna Pykko and many more. The Asian Film Commissioners network awarded her the title of Producer of the Year and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards FIAPF for her outstanding contribution to Asia-Pacific cinema.

Alemberg Ang — Lecturer on folder creation. Alemberg was a school teacher before he fell in love with film production. Her first feature film was Alvin Yapan’s “The Rapture of Fe”, about a battered woman’s journey to freedom. He won Best Digital Feature at the 2009 Cairo International Film Festival. He recently co-produced the Japanese film “Plan 75” about Japanese social systems and elderly care, which won the Camera D’ gold at the recent Cannes Film Festival. .Mirasol Cruz — Panelist on film funds. Mirasol is currently Executive Director of FilmPhilippines, the country’s global incentive program, under the supervision of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. She graduated in Certified Public Accounting from the University of Santos Tomas and has served the film industry through her dedication to public service for over 25 years.

Good luck to our mentors and thanks to Lorna Tee, award-winning Malaysian producer and mylab curator and organizer for entrusting this very important development initiative to our Filipino filmmakers.

See you in Busan!


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