Nov 1, 2018 - Bangkok

Bangkok-based film fund Purin Pictures has finalized the grantees for the Fall 2018 session. We received submissions from nearly every Southeast Asian country and after evaluation and discussion, the reading committee chose three fiction projects to receive a production grant and two documentary projects to receive a post-production grant. The genres of the chosen projects range from drama to comedy to supernatural. 


Production Grants (30,000 USD)

 CU LI NEVER CRIES (Vietnam/Philippines)
Director: Pham Ngoc Lan, Producer: Phan Dang Di, Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew
A surreal comedy about widowed Lady M, who travels to Berlin to receive her inheritance: her estranged German husband’s ashes and his pet pygmy slow loris. 

Director: Chen-Hsi Wong, Producer: Fran Borgia
A drama about retired bureaucrat Prakash and his struggle to save his home from being torn down by the beloved city he has dedicated his life to. 

YOU ARE THERE (Singapore/Japan) 
Director: Nicole Midori Woodford, Producer: Jeremy Chua, Shozo Ichiyama
A supernatural coming-of-age story about Ami, who is able to communicate with the dead, and her journey from Singapore to Japan to search for her mother. 

Post-Production Grants (50,000 USD in post-production services)

Director: Kavich Neang, Producer: Davy Chou, Daniel Mattes
A documentary about the demolition of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building, following three families as they are forced to pack up and relocate, including the director’s own. 

Director: Kornpat Pawakranond, Producer: Kamontorn Eakwattanakij
A documentary about 88 year old Chao Doungduen Na Chiangmai, the grand-daughter of the last King of Lanna, and her struggle to reconcile her royal lineage with a country that no longer recognizes it. 

This Fall 2018 session continues Purin Pictures’ support of the most promising Southeast Asian filmmaking talent. Says Fund Director Aditya Assarat, “This round we received a high number of cross-cultural stories taking place across multiple countries. This not only reflects the co-production strategy of financing, but also the increasingly international experiences of many up-and-coming SEA filmmakers.” Purin Pictures continues its partnership with well-known post house White Light Studios to offer the post-production grant. Adds Assarat, “Similar to the previous session, most of the applications we received for post-production support were documentaries. While we are happy to be spoiled for choice with strong documentaries, we also want to encourage more fiction projects to apply.” 



May 1, 2018 - Bangkok

Bangkok-based film fund Purin Pictures has finalized the grantees for the Spring 2018 session.  We received submissions from nearly every Southeast Asian country and after evaluation and discussion, the reading committee chose four fiction projects to receive a production grant and one documentary project to receive a post-production grant.  The genres of the chosen projects range from drama to comedy to experimental, and of note, all four of the production grantees are first time feature filmmakers.

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Production Grants (30,000 USD)

RETURN OF THE OWL (Philippines)
Director: Martika Escobar, Producer: Monster Jimenez
A black comedy about Leonor Reyes, a has-been action genre writer from the 80s who falls into a coma that transports her into the film playing on the hospital television.

Director: Jacky Yeap Swee Leong, Producer: Tan Chui Mui
A drama about the conflicted relationship between a young mother and her teenage son, who care too much for each other, but pretend not to care.

TASTE (Vietnam/Singapore)
Director: Le Bao, Producer: Lai Weijie, Thao Dong Thi Phuong
A surreal drama about Bassley, a Nigerian illegal, who seeks refuge in the working-class women he sleeps with after breaking his leg playing football to support his family.

THE EDGE OF DAYBREAK (Thailand/Australia)
Director: Taiki Sakpisit, Producer: Soros Sukhum
A drama that examines the devastating psychological landscape of a dysfunctional family as it falls from grace in the shadow of war.

Post-Production Grants (50,000 USD in post-production services)

Director: Cha Escala, Producer: Leizyl Badion
A documentary about a son who contemplates on the life of his dying Communist father who now lives alone as a political asylum seeker in Germany.

This Spring 2018 session is the first round of grants that were open for submissions.  Taking established film funds such as Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund and Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund as models, Purin Pictures moved to an open submissions format to reach out to a wider community of filmmakers in Southeast Asia.  And by partnering with White Light Post, one of Thailand’s leading post facilities, a new post-production grant could also be unveiled.  Says Artistic Director Anocha Suwichakornpong, “This session was a new step for us.  We were happy with the interest and high number of submissions from the region.  There is definitely no shortage of talent in Southeast Asia.”  



October 14, 2017 - BANGKOK

Bangkok-based film fund Purin Pictures is arriving at this year’s Busan Film Festival with its hands full.  Its first supported film, Mouly Surya’s revenge drama Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, is making its Asian premiere after a successful bow at Cannes. The fund will also be active at the Asian Project Market (APM) vetting Southeast Asian projects as well as the newly established Platform Busan, where it is sponsoring five recent graduates from Bangkok area film schools to attend. 

Founded in early 2017 by filmmakers Visra Vichit-Vadakan and Anocha Suwichakornpong, Purin’s mission is to support Southeast Asian cinema.  Says Vichit-Vadakan, “Being involved in the independent film scene for quite some time, it’s become clear that Southeast Asian filmmakers are not receiving adequate governmental support. We established this fund to lend a hand where it’s needed most”. Adds Suwichakornpong, “We not only provide grants for films, but also for other initiatives within the cinema scene such as festivals, educational initiatives, or alternative screening spaces.  What we look for is an independent spirit.”  In July, film director and producer Aditya Assarat joined the Purin team as a co-director. “Having been the recipient of well-known funds such as the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) and the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), it’s quite a privilege for me to be sitting on the other side of the table now.  There’s so much talent in our region and hopefully I can use my experience to make sure the right people are connected to the support they deserve.” 

Besides Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, Purin has also gotten behind the new projects from a trio of talented Thai filmmakers currently in various stages of production: Die Tomorrow by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Manta Ray by Phuttipong Aroonpheng, and Doi Boy by Nontawat Numbenchapol.  Moving forward, the fund is aiming to support 8-10 films per year.