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The 2018 Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) Talent Lab in Laos, hosted by the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), has presented its top prizes to Filipino director Jordan Dela Cruz’s The Perilous Odyssey to Mount Gulsuk and to Siri from Malaysian producer Lim Ying Xian.
The Perilous Odyssey has been picked to attend the TFI Network market at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, while Lim’s project was awarded $10,000 in production funding as part of the Aurora Producing Award sponsored by the Singapore-based media investment firm Aurora Media Holdings.
Vietnamese director Nguyen Hien Anh’s QUAY has received the $1,500 Rising Star Award newly created by Bangkok-based Indochina Productions.
The Perilous Odyssey to Mount Gulsuk follows a teenage father-to-be’s journey traveling from the Philippines and the Middle East to reach the mythical Mount Gulsuk to find a cure for his sick girlfriend who is pregnant with their child. The Tribeca Film Institute will mentor Dela Cruz through the completion of his feature.
The third edition of the Talent Lab, which aimed to train Southeast Asian filmmakers on grant writing and project pitching, was held Dec. 7-9. The 11 participating projects originate from seven countries in the ASEAN region, including Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand. All participants in this year’s Talent Lab will receive preferential consideration for any future TFI grants.
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