September 29, 2013

18th Busan International Film Festival - Viewfinder Asia Workshop

Al Jazeera and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) have announced the list of 10 finalists for the second edition of the Viewfinder Asia Workshop.

Selected filmmakers are invited to attend a week long intensive documentary workshop in Busan, South Korea, from September 30 to October 6, 2013, where they will develop their documentaries for the potential broadcast opportunities on Al Jazeera in 2014. Over 200 proposals were submitted from all over Asia for the Viewfinder Asia and 10 filmmakers were finally selected.

Title Filmmaker Country
Championship Dreams Zhu Yongtao China
The Little Funambulist Tatjana Mulbeier Kyrgysztan
Like Ants for Sugar Shirley Abraham India
LoC Raja Shabir Khan India
A Tale of Sand Kurnia Yudha Fitranto Indonesia
Richest City Poorest Student Penny Lam Macau
People of the Current Jules Ong Malaysia
Land Grab Ditsi Carolina Philippines
Ethir’s Way Kannan Arunasalam Sri Lanka
Hope for the Cursed? Kim Jeong South Korea

Viewfinder is an international project that selects local film institutions in key regions and discovers local stories and filmmakers in close cooperation with the selected institutions. Al Jazeera, a representative satellite channel in Qatar, started the first project ‘Viewfinder Latin America’ in 2011 and continued with the second project Viewfinder Asia in partnership with AND of the Busan International Film Festival.

8 documentaries of the first Viewfinder Asia series, commissioned after the first workshop in partnership with AND, were successfully broadcast on Al Jazeera in 2013. These stories come from China, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan and Thailand. The documentaries are currently available online here Viewfinder Asia.

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