Mentors of 1st Young Filmmakers Workshop

Directing Mentor: Aditya Assarat (Thailand) Aditya Assarat is a film director and producer. In 2006 he started the company Pop Pictures to produce his debut feature Wonderful Town. It won the New Currents Award at Pusan and the Tiger Award at Rotterdam. In 2010, he directed his second feature Hi-So which screened at Berlin and Busan. In addition to his own films, Aditya also produced Eternity, the debut feature of Sivaroj Kongsakul, which won the Tiger Award at Rotterdam in 2011 and 36, the debut feature of Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, which won the New Currents Award at Busan in 2012. In 2013, he was invited to be the directing mentor of the Asian Film Academy (AFA). Finally, Aditya was the recipient of the National Silpatorn Award, given biennially to an individual for contribution to Thai Cinema.

Directing Mentor: Aditya Assarat (Thailand)

Aditya Assarat is a film director and producer. In 2006 he started the company Pop Pictures to produce his debut feature Wonderful Town. It won the New Currents Award at Pusan and the Tiger Award at Rotterdam. In 2010, he directed his second feature Hi-So which screened at Berlin and Busan. In addition to his own films, Aditya also produced Eternity, the debut feature of Sivaroj Kongsakul, which won the Tiger Award at Rotterdam in 2011 and 36, the debut feature of Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, which won the New Currents Award at Busan in 2012. In 2013, he was invited to be the directing mentor of the Asian Film Academy (AFA). Finally, Aditya was the recipient of the National Silpatorn Award, given biennially to an individual for contribution to Thai Cinema.

Producing Mentor: Nandita Solomon (Malaysia) Nandita is the CEO and co-founder of independent production company, Apparat, which was set up in 2009, together with film director Dain Iskandar Said. She produced and co-wrote Apparat’s first production, a 47min documentary, ‘Fish Listeners of Setiu Lagoon’s’ that won Best Cinematography at the Malaysian Documentary Festival 2011. Nandita produced Apparat’s first narrative feature, ‘Bunohan’ (2011) which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was pre-sold to Universal Pictures for a slew of international territories, including the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. 

Producing Mentor: Nandita Solomon (Malaysia)

Nandita is the CEO and co-founder of independent production company, Apparat, which was set up in 2009, together with film director Dain Iskandar Said. She produced and co-wrote Apparat’s first production, a 47min documentary, ‘Fish Listeners of Setiu Lagoon’s’ that won Best Cinematography at the Malaysian Documentary Festival 2011.

Nandita produced Apparat’s first narrative feature, ‘Bunohan’ (2011) which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was pre-sold to Universal Pictures for a slew of international territories, including the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. 

Cinematography Mentor: Carlo Mendoza (Philippines) Carlo Mendoza is a multi-awarded Filipino cinematographer. He started his training under Filipino Master Cinematographer Lee Briones in 2005. His notable work includes Jun Robles Lana’s “ Bwakaw” (Philippine entry to the 2012 Academy Awards, in competition at the 2012 New York International Film Festival), “Manila Kingpin: Asiong Salonga Story” and “Rosario” (in competition at the 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival). He has received fourteen awards for his works from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), Metro Manila Film Festival, FAP Awards (Film Academy of the Philippines) and the Young Critics Circle. In January 2015, he shot his first international film project with Lao director Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, co-founder of Lao New Wave Cinema.

Cinematography Mentor: Carlo Mendoza (Philippines)

Carlo Mendoza is a multi-awarded Filipino cinematographer. He started his training under Filipino Master Cinematographer Lee Briones in 2005. His notable work includes Jun Robles Lana’s “ Bwakaw” (Philippine entry to the 2012 Academy Awards, in competition at the 2012 New York International Film Festival), “Manila Kingpin: Asiong Salonga Story” and “Rosario” (in competition at the 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival). He has received fourteen awards for his works from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), Metro Manila Film Festival, FAP Awards (Film Academy of the Philippines) and the Young Critics Circle. In January 2015, he shot his first international film project with Lao director Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, co-founder of Lao New Wave Cinema.

Sound Mentor: Warren Santiago (Philippines) Warren Santiago is a Filipino sound editor and re-recording mixer who finds articles by Walter Murch and Randy Thom, along with films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Conversations as his film schools. Santiago honed his feature film experiences working at Bigfoot Entertainment, then as a sound designer at Technicolor Creative Services and currently attached to Kantana Sound Studio. Some of his personal booth camps and highlights are - Rosario, You Me and Captain Longbridge, Within, Sawasdee Bangkok, HERE, Sandcastle, Tatsumi, Nasi Lemak 2.0, Yak: The Giant King, Trafficker, and Barber’s Tales.

Sound Mentor: Warren Santiago (Philippines)

Warren Santiago is a Filipino sound editor and re-recording mixer who finds articles by Walter Murch and Randy Thom, along with films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Conversations as his film schools.

Santiago honed his feature film experiences working at Bigfoot Entertainment, then as a sound designer at Technicolor Creative Services and currently attached to Kantana Sound Studio. Some of his personal booth camps and highlights are - Rosario, You Me and Captain Longbridge, Within, Sawasdee Bangkok, HERE, Sandcastle, Tatsumi, Nasi Lemak 2.0, Yak: The Giant King, Trafficker, and Barber’s Tales.

Editing Mentor: Lee Chatametikool (Thailand) Lee Chatametikool is an award-winning editor and filmmaker. After studying in the United States, he returned to Bangkok in 2001 for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first feature, Blissfully Yours, marking the start of a decade of fruitful collaboration with Thailand’s new generation of filmmakers. While collaborating closely with prominent independent Thai directors – he has worked with Apichatpong on four of his films – he has also worked on commercial projects, including the hit Thai horror flick, Shutter (2004). He was twice awarded Best Editor at the Asian Film Awards, for Syndromes and a Century and Karaoke. The Bangkok Film Critic’s Assembly also named him Best Editor in 2008 for Wonderful Town.  In 2002, Lee founded his own post-production company, Houdini Studio, which he expanded into a full-service digital laboratory, White Light Post, in 2010, to do color grading and finshing for Thai and regional feature films.    

Editing Mentor: Lee Chatametikool (Thailand)

Lee Chatametikool is an award-winning editor and filmmaker. After studying in the United States, he returned to Bangkok in 2001 for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first feature, Blissfully Yours, marking the start of a decade of fruitful collaboration with Thailand’s new generation of filmmakers. While collaborating closely with prominent independent Thai directors – he has worked with Apichatpong on four of his films – he has also worked on commercial projects, including the hit Thai horror flick, Shutter (2004). He was twice awarded Best Editor at the Asian Film Awards, for Syndromes and a Century and Karaoke. The Bangkok Film Critic’s Assembly also named him Best Editor in 2008 for Wonderful Town. 

In 2002, Lee founded his own post-production company, Houdini Studio, which he expanded into a full-service digital laboratory, White Light Post, in 2010, to do color grading and finshing for Thai and regional feature films.

 

 

Post-Prod Supervisor: Isazaly Mohamed Isa (Malaysia) After completing his foundation studies in Product and Graphic Design at the La Salle College of Arts, Singapore, Isazaly Mohd Isa came to Malaysia to pursue filmmaking at Akademi Filem Malaysia (AFM) in 1994. His graduation film project, entitled “BETWEEN JASMINE AND HIS DEEP BLUE SEA” was awarded ‘Best Film Project’ by the KODAK Worldwide Student Programme. In May 2005, his ‘micromovie’ was among the 12 finalists to participate in St Kilda’s Film Festival in Melbourne, sponsored by Siemens Mobile Germany. In 2010, he won the jury award for his 90 seconds shortfilm "CORRIDOR" and it was screened at Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, UK. Isazaly co-founded and currently spearheads Kino-i Pictures Sdn Bhd , a digital production and post-house in KL. He has edited and produced long form projects including ROAD TO MECCA, SUSUK, JALAN PINTAS, 10 TAHUN SEBELUM MERDEKA, TRAIN STATION, REDHA and ALIF DALAM 7 DIMENSI.  

Post-Prod Supervisor: Isazaly Mohamed Isa (Malaysia)

After completing his foundation studies in Product and Graphic Design at the La Salle College of Arts, Singapore, Isazaly Mohd Isa came to Malaysia to pursue filmmaking at Akademi Filem Malaysia (AFM) in 1994. His graduation film project, entitled “BETWEEN JASMINE AND HIS DEEP BLUE SEA” was awarded ‘Best Film Project’ by the KODAK Worldwide Student Programme. In May 2005, his ‘micromovie’ was among the 12 finalists to participate in St Kilda’s Film Festival in Melbourne, sponsored by Siemens Mobile Germany. In 2010, he won the jury award for his 90 seconds shortfilm "CORRIDOR" and it was screened at Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, UK. Isazaly co-founded and currently spearheads Kino-i Pictures Sdn Bhd , a digital production and post-house in KL. He has edited and produced long form projects including ROAD TO MECCA, SUSUK, JALAN PINTAS, 10 TAHUN SEBELUM MERDEKA, TRAIN STATION, REDHA and ALIF DALAM 7 DIMENSI.