Laos’ Luang Prabang Film Festival has announced the ten projects for its second annual Talent Lab. Led by the Tribeca Film Institute, the project pitching and grant writing program will be held during the Luang Prabang festival’s eighth edition (December 8th-13th).

The ten projects come from six countries in the region: Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand. There are five narrative features and five documentaries.

The filmmakers will put their projects through a pitching workshop and pitch forum during the two-day event. One project will be chosen to attend the Tribeca Film Institute’s network market during the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018.

One project will also win the Aurora Producing Award, backed by Singapore’s Aurora Media Holdings. The winning filmmaker will receive a US$10,000 towards the project.

“We’re looking at the Talent Lab to bring new voices and vision to the filmmaking landscape in the region,” says Justin Deimen, Group Managing Partner at Aurora Media Holdings. “Stories that challenge perceptions, yet with strong commercial leanings and an artistic core always interest us. Our hope is that we can support and create frameworks that will develop and grow this ecosystem.”

Luang Prabang Film Festival 2017 Talent Lab projects

Autobiography (Indonesia) – Makbul Mubarak (director) and Yulia Evina Bharas (producer)

Bai Bibyaon, Lady Warrior of the Lumad (Philippines) – Cenón Obispo Palomares (director, writer)

Cat Island (Philippines) –  Siege Ledesma (director, writer) and Ang Alemberg (producer)

Doi Boy (Thailand) – Nontawat Numbenchapol (director, writer)

Going Straight (Philippines) – Kristoffer Brugada (director)

It Wasn’t an Accident (Myanmar) – Soe Moe Aung (director)

Luzviminda (Philippines) – Inshallah Montero (director)

Raising a Beast (Laos) – Xaisongkham Induangchanthy (director, writer) and Abigail Lazaro (producer)

Song of the Homeland (Thailand) – Preecha Srisuwan (director, cinematographer)

Wilderness (Malaysia) – Nadira Ilana (director, scriptwriter)