22 start Film Leader Incubator Programme

Aziz Idris

Brunei Darussalam is hosting 22 young filmmakers from ASEAN and the Republic of Korea to embark on a two-week filmmaking workshop called the Film Leader Incubator Programme (FLY) 2019.

Guest of honour Acting Chief Executive of Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar officiated the opening ceremony at the StarLodge in Jerudong yesterday.

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam Yoon Hyun-bong and Acting Director of Busan Film Commission Sung Sang-chul and Director of Radio Television Brunei (RTB) Haji Muhammad Suffian bin Haji Bungsu along with local production houses and industry players were present.

In his opening remarks, Sung said that FLY is an annual project launched in 2012 by the ASEAN-Korean Cooperation Fund in an attempt to expand cultural exchange through film, and to build tighter cooperation and bond between Korean and ASEAN member nations.

Over the past seven years, 156 talented filmmakers have participated in FLY to build up their potential and talents as filmmakers, he added. “Based on this year FLY in Brunei, I hope we can promote relations between Korea, especially the Busan Film Commission and Bruneian organisations and companies such as AITI and RTB,” said Sung.

Over the next two weeks, the filmmakers – aged 18 to 25 – will learn from experts who will mentor and give them practical advice. Participants will also be given access to use state-of-the-art filmmaking facilities so that they can reach their great potentials in the development of the ASEAN and Asian film industry.

Participants are divided into two groups and will be mentored by prominent directors and cinematographers.

Among the activities during the workshop include lectures, master classes, film screening and discussions, short film productions and post-productions.

The outcome of the workshop will be the screening of two short films made during the workshop on graduation day scheduled to take place on November 25.

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam Yoon Hyun-bong in a group photo with the participants of the Film Leader Incubator Programme (FLY) 2019. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS