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Asian documentary forum Docs by the Sea concludes 2022 edition; presents awards

Amidst recovering from Covid-19-related challenges, Docs by the Sea 2022 soared to new heights as it entered its 6th edition. Previously only open to filmmakers from Southeast Asia, Docs by the Sea 2022 expanded eligibility for continent-wide filmmakers, with projects from South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, India, and Bangladesh participating for the first time. Hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Indonesia in collaboration with In-Docs, the creative documentary funding, pitch, and workshop platform feature decision-makers with various roles as curator, producer, commissioners, and festival programme manager from 29 countries in Asia, Europe, America, and Australia. Through hybrid pitching sessions hosted both offline in Bali and online, 25 filmmakers are striving to secure international funding, distribution, as well as collaborations. And on Friday, 26 August, eight awards were handed to select projects. Since last July, the 25 selected projects have gone through a series of intensive workshops with international mentors, putting Docs by the Sea 2022 becomes the forefront platform for rising Asian filmmakers to launch their projects.

This year’s decision-makers came from various prestigious institutions like Cannes Docs, Cinéma du Réel, IDFA, NHK, CPH:DOX, Sundance Film Festival, and Vision du Réel.

For Docs by the Sea 2022, Storytelling lab projects were Behind an Open Veil (Indonesia), Erasing People (Vietnam), How to Stop Firecrackers from Burning (Malaysia, The Philippines), In the Light of Darkness (India), Living Across the Blue Roof (South Korea), Night After Night, Day After Day (Singapore), Sandan Love Garden (Indonesia), She Will Find the Sky (Indonesia), The Art of Detaching One’s Memory (The Philippines), The Fortune Teller (Indonesia), Untitled Hong Kong Project (Hong Kong, UK, US), and Untitled Project (Myanmar, France).

Editing Lab participants were A Painful Voyage to a Painful Past (Indonesia), Breaking the Cycle (Thailand), Catching Them Young (India, Germany), Close to the Bone (Japan, Taiwan), Island of the Winds (Taiwan, Japan), and The Underside (Indonesia).

Participants in the Creative Producing Lab were Riani Singgih – Cik San (Indonesia), Stelle Laguda – Isagani (The Philippines), Nontawat Numbenchapol – Nurturing Lives in the Forest (Thailand), Abu Shahed Emon – Our Daughters (Bangladesh), Sammaria Simanjuntak – She Will Find the Sky (Indonesia), Lin Sun Oo – The Birdwatchers (Myanmar, Singapore), Anonymous – Untitled Project (India, Romania), Lee Choi Kin – When the River Flows (Malaysia).

From these projects, awards were handed out to the winners:

  • DOK Leipzig Industry Prize: In the Light of Darkness (Koel and Koval) – India
  • DMZ Doc Award: She Will Find the Sky (dir. Lies Nanci Supangka) – Indonesia
  • Al Jazeera Documentary Award: In the Light of Darkness (Koel and Koval) – India
  • Current Time TV Prize: Island of the Winds (dir. Yating Hsu) – Taiwan, Japan
  • Lyfta Award: The Fortune Teller (dir. Arfan Sabran) – Indonesia
  • Doc by the Sea Pitch Award: Sandan Love Garden (dir. Luthfi Muhammad) – Indonesia & The Fortune Teller (dir. Arfan Sabran) – Indonesia
  • EST Award: Untitled Project (dir. Pankaj Johar) – India, Germany
  • Taskovski Film Training Award: Untitled Project (dir. Pankaj Johar) – India, Germany

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