This call for submissions is closed.
In collaboration with the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy and In-Docs, IF/Then Shorts is cultivating new documentary talents in Southeast Asia and is generating funding, exposure, and distribution opportunities for short documentary films from this region.
Earlier in 2018, 17 short documentary projects focusing on Southeast Asia were selected to participate in the IF/Then Story Development Lab in Jakarta, May 4-6, 2018. In Jakarta, 10 of these projects were selected as "finalists" to receive development grants & to participate in the Docs By The Sea Lab (August 2-5, 2018) and Pitching Forum (August 7-9, 2018) in Bali. These finalists had one-on-one meetings with key decision-makers including broadcasters, film fund organizations, and film festival programmers. They also pitched their stories at the IF/Then Shorts pitch competition on August 8, 2018 in Bali for these coveted prizes:
The winners were selected by a professional jury consisting of:
Amy Hobby, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute
Aloke Devichand, Al Jazeera
Chloe Gbai, POV
Patrick Hurley, Sheffield Doc Fest
Don Edkins, Independent Filmmaker
The Jury chose "Bullet-Laced Dreams", "Songbirds of Aceh", "How Far I'll Go", and "Diary of Cattle" as the competition winners and Al Jazeera English selected "Touch the Colour" to receive a commission for their Witness strand. These winners were selected from the following ten finalists:
BULLET-LACED DREAMS (The Philippines)
Director: Cha Escala & Kristoffer Brugada
Logline: Children of indigenous tribes in Mindanao fight for their right to education as the government militarizes their schools to quell rebel conflicts.
DANCING QUEEN (Thailand)
Director: Watcharee Rattanakree
Producer: Appichon Rattanapayon
DIARY OF CATTLE (Indonesia)
Director & Producer: David Darmadi & Lidia K. Afrilita
Logline: This film is a tragic comedy about the lives of three different cows who have different personalities but share the same home at a landfill site in Indonesia.
GOLEK GARWO (Indonesia)
Director: Wahyu Utami Wati
Producer: Damar Ardi
Director: Arunaya Gondhowiardjo
Producer: Firman Widyasmara
HOW FAR I’LL GO (Indonesia)
Director & Producer: Ucu Agustin
Co-Producer: Dian Raisha
Logline: Two blind childhood friends—Andrea and Salsabila— are now teenage girls living with their blindness in two different continents—USA and Indonesia.
SONGBIRDS OF ACEH (Malaysia)
Director & Producer: Aminda Faradilla
Producer: Jean Chang
Logline: In one of the strictest Muslim states in the world, an all-female teenage Muslim choir tackles gender inequality and Islamic extremism using nothing more than their voices in song.
SWALLOWS TRAPPED IN TWILIGHT (Thailand)
Director & Producer: Komtouch Napattaloong
Producer: Nontawat Numbenchapol
TOUCH THE COLOR (The Philippines)
Director: Baby Ruth Villarama
Producer: Carlo Joel Gutierrez
Logline: Two sisters are serving life in prison for keeping a missing boy. The law says it's kidnapping, while they claim they were ensuring the boy's safety. After 19 years, a possibility for parole emerges on the condition that the mother of the boy meets them and grants forgiveness.
UNDER THE STARS (formerly THE LEGEND OF THE FISH) (The Philippines)
Director: Venice Atienza
The 7 additional projects participating in the Jakarta workshop were:
IF I CAN DREAM (Indonesia)
Director: Ratih Prebatasari
MILLION BAHTS BABIES (Thailand)
Director & Producer: Rungroj Rojanachotikul
PRETTY ALMA (Indonesia)
Director: Bani Nasution
Producer: Yogi A. Fuad
SOUND OF SOIL (Indonesia)
Director: Ika Yuliana
THE ACT OF FORGIVING (Indonesia)
Director: Kurnia Yudha Fitranto & Teguh Hari
Producer: Amerta Kusuma
THE EMBER (Indonesia)
Director: Arfan Sabran
THE SALT TRAILS OF ULU PAPAR (Malaysia)
Director: Nadira Ilana
Producer: Martin Potter
All stories and storytellers coming from Southeast Asian countries. We are looking for short documentary projects that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics through the lens of young and emerging storytellers. Filmmakers need not reside in these countries, as long as the story is about this region. The director must be a passport holder of Southeast Asian nations including : Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Brunei and East Timor.