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BUSAN, South Korea -- Al Jazeera and Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Network of Documentary (AND) are pleased to announce the final 10 filmmakers and their proposals selected for the inaugural Viewfinder Asia project. The filmmakers are invited to attend a week long intensive documentary workshop in Busan, South Korea, from 30th September to 6th October 2012 where they will develop their documentaries for potential broadcast on Al Jazeera in 2013. More than 200 wonderful and diverse proposals were received from across Asia for the Viewfinder Asia Open Call.  

The final selection was based on the strength of the stories, compelling character led narratives and the observational documentary style displayed by the filmmakers who are keen to develop their storytelling skills further. 

BIFF News: Viewfinder Asia Workshop Finalists Named


BUSAN, South Korea — Al Jazeera and Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Network of Documentary (AND) are pleased to announce the final 10 filmmakers and their proposals selected for the inaugural Viewfinder Asia project. The filmmakers are invited to attend a week long intensive documentary workshop in Busan, South Korea, from 30th September to 6th October 2012 where they will develop their documentaries for potential broadcast on Al Jazeera in 2013. More than 200 wonderful and diverse proposals were received from across Asia for the Viewfinder Asia Open Call.  

The final selection was based on the strength of the stories, compelling character led narratives and the observational documentary style displayed by the filmmakers who are keen to develop their storytelling skills further. 

The stories cover a young man’s quest for freedom, a father dealing with loss in his fight for justice, a couple in crisis as they approach their 60th wedding anniversary, a teenager’s pursuit to report news in her remote village, a son who questions centuries of family tradition, the lure of the criminal underworld, the dream of music, a failing education system, the financial operations of a slum, and a murderous real estate market.

These are the 10 proposals, the filmmakers and the country in which the story is set:

  • Zekria's Gamble, Elissa Bogos – Afghanistan
  • Almost Famous, Vincent Du – China
  • A Class of their Own, Haryun Kim – China
  • House Hunt, Shashwati Talukdar – India
  • K for Camera, Kumud Ranjan – India
  • Monk by Blood, Bao Nguyen – Japan
  • Ivan the Undertaker, Bianca Balbuena – Philippines
  • Empire of Shame, LiGyeong Hong – South Korea
  • My Father, My Mother, Maso Chen – Taiwan
  • Granny Loan Shark, Shane Bunnag – Thailand

Al Jazeera’s Flora Gregory who is the Programme Editor for the flagship documentary strand, Witness, will lead the workshop with Fiona Lawson-Baker, Executive Producer based in Malaysia who has many years experience with Al Jazeera, and independent filmmakers James Leong and Lynn Lee from Lianain Films in Singapore who have produced more than a dozen documentaries for Al Jazeera English since the channel launched in 2006.

Viewfinder is an international project in which Al Jazeera collaborates with local film institutions in key regions with a goal to discover local documentaries. Al Jazeera partnered with Doc Montevideo of Uruguay for Viewfinder Latin America and for Viewfinder Asia Al Jazeera is proud to partner with Asian Network of Documentary to discover fresh independent documentary filmmakers from Asia to work with for the future.



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