A Woman Builds

by Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka
Singapore, Japan, Taiwan

Produced by Ryuji Otsuka (Yellow-Green Pi), Ming-Jung Kuo (Island X Pictures), Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia)

Lynn enjoys working in China, apart from her husband and child in Japan. In her pseudo-single life she has her colleague Long for company, VR for sexual satisfaction, and the determination to build her own house.


Notun Gur

by Deyali Mukherjee
India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, United Kingdom

Produced by Sriram Raja (SRDM Productions), Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia), Vimukthi Jayasundara (Film Council Productions), Ivy Yu-Hua Shen (Betula Films), Ajay Rai (In Front Films)

When stepping into adulthood, a young poet has to choose between his poetry and the inspiration behind the poetry. The choice he makes might make or break him.


I Will Smile in September

by Aakash Chhabra
India, Singapore

Produced by Sanjay Gulati (Crawling Angel Films), Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia)

After a heart-wrenching separation from the love of his life and a brutal altercation in the aftermath in which he loses his front teeth, a young brass band player in Old Delhi attempts to move on in life by finding his smile back.

Winner of the 'A Journey to Europe' Screenwriting Competition - Cineuropa 2021.


A Ballad of Long Hair

by Giovanni Rustanto
Indonesia, Singapore

Produced by Annisa Adjam (SINEMA 5), Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia)

Ismaya (17), is an introverted student with a peculiar syndrome; his hair grows as fast as half a meter every day. He is a true heir to his late mother, Iswanti’s reputation as a witch. His hair carries healing powers that both he and his tyrannical father, Santoso (42), are unaware of.

Santoso cuts Ismaya’s hair daily, selling it to a hair salon to be made into expensive wigs. In this salon, Ratna (35), an undercover agent assigned to hunt down witches and their descendants, monitors Ismaya. Commissioned by a high-ranking general, Ratna awaits Ismaya’s 18th birthday when his hair’s healing powers will emerge, fulfilling the general's wife's desire to exploit them. Helped by his best friend Rudi (17), Ismaya rebels against his father and dives into the liberating world of metal music.

Amidst the mounting political tension, Ismaya escapes home, skipping his daily haircut to perform live for the first time. Oblivious to his magical powers, Ismaya embarks on an adventure that soon turns the lives of everyone. His band's music echoes through the streets and his head-banging hypnotizes the crowd, igniting their spirits to voice their concerns to the streets. With Iswanti's help, Santoso reunites with Ismaya, repairing their father-son relationship.

Winner of the Most Promising Project - Southeast Asian Film Lab 2022.


Skin of Youth

by Ash Mayfair
Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, USA

Produced by Tran Thi Bich Ngoc (An Nam Productions), Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia), Kayo Yoshida (Bitters End), Ash Mayfair (Mayfair Pictures)

1990s Saigon, San wants to have enough money for a sex-change operation that will fulfil her dream of living in a woman’s body. San’s lover, Nam, must work as an underground dog-cage fighter to support this dream. The young lovers are unaware that the dark forces they will have to battle may cost them their relationship and test the limit of their humanity.

Winner of the Sorfond Award - Busan APM 2019, SEAFIC Open SEA Fund Award Co-winner 2019, Talents Tokyo Special Mention Award 2019.

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