Netflix New Voices Script Contest

Netflix New Voices Script Contest

André Kloer Nieuws

Amsterdam, 24 november – Netflix is on the hunt for screenwriters with a talent for creating compelling and inclusive content that can touch a wide audience. The New Voices Script Contest is organised in partnership with Scriptbank, Dutch accelerator programme for film and TV producers. After a thorough selection, up to 15 script writers in the Netherlands will receive a grant enabling them to focus on writing a first draft of a feature film script. Registration for the contest opens on November 24th at

It’s the first time that Netflix looks for film scripts in this way. Janey van Ierland, Manager Acquisitions & Coproductions at Netflix: ‘This contest is about finding new voices who tell new stories. Netflix feels it is important that the audience can identify with the storyline and that a variety of voices is represented.’ Maarten Almekinders at Scriptbank adds to that: ‘Writers who are new to the scene have a hard time attracting the attention of producers and TV channels, especially if they didn’t graduate from The Netherlands Film Academy. The contest gives writers from all backgrounds the chance to get noticed by Netflix.’

The writers will receive coaching to help them create their first draft of a feature film script. Netflix invites writers from all backgrounds to submit their feature film proposal and complete a writing assignment. Up to fifteen talents will be selected to write a first draft of a feature film script in the first months of 2021. The five most promising scripts will receive a prize. The top two scripts will be optioned to be developed for consideration as a Netflix Original Film for the service.


The Bowl

The Bowl te zien bij Ambacht in Beeld

Daan Vree Event tip, Nieuws

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Op zondag 6 september is Ambacht in Beeld terug met de Best of Ambacht in Beeld: A Time for Making & The Bowl, de korte FilmLAB-documentaire van Ingrid Guldenaar. Na afloop volgt een nagesprek. De vertoning vindt plaats in de Fabriek in Zaandam.

De documentaire A Time for Making gaat over het prachtige Canadese eiland Gabriola, met negen portretten van gedreven ambachtslieden. Na A Time for Making is de korte film The Bowl (10’) te zien, een film van regisseur Ingrid Guldenaar. The Bowl is een portret over Ingrids zus Barbara. Ingrid Guldenaar maakte deze film tijdens CinemAsia FilmLAB. Na afloop van de vertoning is er een nagesprek met Barbara. Ook Ingrid is aanwezig voor het beantwoorden van vragen

Barbara Guldenaar
Barbara is de hoofdpersoon in The Bowl. Zij tekent, schildert en geeft daarin ook les. Daarnaast maakt ze collages, draait ze aardewerk, beschildert ze keramiek en maakt ze foto’s. Ze woont en werkt in Krommenie. Op de website van Barbara kun je meer van haar werk bekijken.

Ingrid Guldenaar

Binnenkort lees je op onze website een interview met regisseur Ingrid Guldenaar waarin zij meer vertelt over de achtergrond van de film en de totstandkoming ervan tijdens het documentairetraject van CinemAsia FilmLAB.

Meer informatie:

The Bowl

Stills uit The Bowl van Ingrid Guldenaar.



Amber Nefkens maakt voor de Indië-herdenking de animatie De twee hondjes en het lied Vader.

Daan Vree Nieuws

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Amber Nefkens maakte voor de Indië-herdenking de animatie De twee hondjes, samen met Jana Kaminski. In de animatie is de verteller Ambers oma: E.A. Smith-Broers, die eerder te zien was in de FilmLAB-docu Indië op een Bord. Ook vertolkt ze het nummer Vader met gitarist Samuel Leeuwenburg .

Amber over de herdenking en deze productie:

“Ik herdenk op 15 augustus in het bijzonder de vader van mijn oma, die nooit meer terugkeerde. De oorlog heeft veel impact gehad op mijn familie. Verlies van dierbaren en verstoorde toekomstdromen. Desondanks zijn levens weer opgepakt en is toekomst gezocht voor henzelf en hun kinderen. We moeten ons dit altijd blijven herinneren.

Mijn oma is geboren op 6 maart 1921 in Semarang, Java, Nederlands-Indië. Ze is de oudste van een gezin van 7 kinderen, 3 jongens en vier meisjes. Samen met hun ouders, grootmoeder en de hulpen woonden ze aan de Bergotaweg. Ze beleven daar een onbezorgde kindertijd.

Dan breekt de oorlog uit en in 1942 wordt de vader van oma meegenomen om te werken in de kolenmijnen, in kamp Kamioka, Osaka Japan. Oma is dan 21 jaar. De familie komt de tijd relatief goed door, maar ze weten niet hoe het met hun vader gaat. Begin december 1942 is hij meegenomen en diezelfde maand – op 29 december 1942 is hij overleden.”

De twee hondjes (animatie)
* verhaal: E.A. Smith-Broers
* animatie: Jana Kaminski
* muziek & geluid: Samuel Leeuwenburg
* idee: Amber Nefkens

Vader (live vanuit museum Bronbeek)
* camera + color grading: Lester Kamstra
* zang, tekst + video edit: Amber Nefkens
* gitaar + audio: Samuel Leeuwenburg
Met dank aan: Museum Bronbeek

Amber Nefkens is een filmmaker, theatermaker en muzikante met Indische roots. Meer over haar theatervoorstelling vind je op de website

Ari Purnama

FilmLAB Alumnus interview: Ari Purnama

Maine Galvez Interview

Ari ‘Ernesto’ Purnama is a filmmaker of Indonesian origin, university educator and researcher, and a FilmLab 2012 alumnus. In this interview, he talks about how he got into filmmaking, his past, recent, and future projects, and his CinemAsia FilmLAB experience.

Tell us how you got into filmmaking?

‘I got into filmmaking because a friend of mine who submitted his film to IFFR in 2010 wanted to have my music. The film is called ‘At the very bottom of everything’. It’s about someone who struggles with bipolar disorder. He invited me to the premiere and it’s such an eye opening in a sense that the world of filmmaking can also be very down to earth, personable, inclusive and friendly. 

When I was there having lunch with all those filmmakers from different parts of the world, it dawned on me that “Oh yea, you don’t need to go to Hollywood. We can also bring our stories.” So that kind of inspired me. And I always see myself as an imaginative person. I have stories and ideas at the back of my mind that I wanted to put into paper and then later on turn to screen. I never really had the facility nor avenue to do it, until I discovered the FilmLAB opportunity from CinemAsia.’ 

Ari PurnamaHow did you come across CinemAsia FilmLAB?

‘I think someone kinda referred that to me because I was writing some reviews and articles for a magazine called Latitude. That year, I think it’s about inter-generational relationships. It’s about families in the Netherlands so I thought “Hey, one of my stories also touches on that issue”. The title of my film then was called ‘Makan Siang’ which means lunch in Indonesian but I ended up not using that title. Instead I opted for Our Attachment to Rice’.’ 

How did this experience help you move forward in filmmaking?

‘I think one of the instrumental things from this FilmLAB is that it kind of reaffirmed my desire and conviction that I could make films and I could tell stories, and also just to dive yourself into crafts that you wanna pursue further. Like I always thought that directing was my main thing but directing is still a very mysterious thing for me. Even though you can learn by the book, still, how do you work with actors? How do you work with non-actors? I was also able to realize that maybe I also love to delve myself into the cinematography aspects. I think the biggest thing that opened my eyes during the making of FilmLAB film is that, I realized that I have so little knowledge about that aspect of the film, how to tell a story visually. So from there, it kinda compelled me to actually learn more about that.’

After you’ve done the CinemAsia FilmLAB in 2012, have you worked on some other projects? 

‘Yea, so I made another short film for this competition called the 48 hour project. At that time, in 2013 they just started the 48 hour film project in Leeuwarden. We made a short called ‘Humblified’. It doesn’t exist in the English language but I came up with that. It’s about an American salesman who comes to Leeuwarden to enter an arm wrestling match. 

And then afterwards I made a short film called ‘Snugglefest’. It’s about a Dutch girl who is obsessed with American guys with American accent. It’s kind of a critique to the way I see people here who tend to valorize the British English. Whatever they do, even when I was working for a client for video making, they wanted a narrator but it had to be a British sounding person. I was like why not Dutch? Because I love the Dutch accent when they speak in English, I love hearing it. Since then I haven’t done any other fiction films because I shifted more towards corporate filmmaking/videos. 

Recently I’d been pondering about making documentaries. So the topic I’m working on at the moment that I hope to bring out for potential fundraising is, in Indonesia, there’s an emerging movement of all-female Muslim metal bands. I’m interested in following this band called ‘VOB’ (Voice of Baceprot), which comprises 14 – 15 y/o all-Muslim hijab-wearing musicians. It’s interesting to kinda look into to what extent they tend to, on one hand you know trying to aspire to become musicians and at the same time they have to deal with what the society expects from them. Metal music is seen still as an unislamic phenomenon so I’m interested to see how they reconcile that. But this is still a very early idea project that I wanna pursue.’

Ari PurnamaWhat was the best thing about your CinemAsia FilmLAB experience? 

‘The best thing about that whole experience was that it forced you to come up with practical creative solutions. I don’t know if it rings true or not. But I do believe that a filmmaker is also a creative problem solver. The script and scenes are there, but how are you gonna shoot it? That’s a problem in itself. How you wanna present visually and where you wanna start and how you wanna ‘drag’ the audience from that moment to moment transition. To me it’s about creative problem solving and having that experience in such a pressure-cooker kind of situation kinda helped me think strategically but also quickly because we really didn’t have time and you didn’t have a lot of budget.  

And the premiere was amazing. I was there with the cast and crew. You get to respond to questions. Having people from different parts of the country who can relate to the story, that’s the most gratifying part to me.’ 

You can find Ari’s FilmLAB 2012 short and his other works in his Vimeo account. You can also check out his creative production house EMPIRIKAL here 

Pete Wu bij de psycholoog

Pete op date met de bananen

Daan Vree Interview, Nieuws

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Journalist Pete Wu noemt zichzelf een banaan: Chinees van buiten (‘geel’) en Nederlands van binnen (‘wit’). In de driedelige VPRO-serie Pete en de Bananen gaat Pete op zoek naar de regels in datingland, voor hemzelf en voor andere ‘bananen’. Een serie over liefde en daten tussen twee culturen. CinemAsia sprak met hem via een videoverbinding over de totstandkoming van zijn documentaire.

We kennen je van je boek De Bananengeneratie. Wat was er eerder: het idee voor het boek of voor de documentaire?

‘Het begon als een plan voor een serie. In 2016 heb ik een artikel gepubliceerd in Volkskrant Magazineover een reis met mijn moeder dat ook terug te vinden is in mijn boek. Er was een omroep die interesse had om er een serie van te maken, maar dat is uiteindelijk niet doorgegaan, want ze vonden het toch een te groot risico om te investeren in “een nieuw gezicht”.

Een jaar daarna had ik op verzoek een verhaal geschreven voor Das Mag en die vroegen op gegeven moment of ik misschien plannen had voor een boek. Ik dacht toen: oh, dan lever ik gewoon het plan in van die serie. Maar inmiddels was ik geselecteerd voor het traject bij VPRO Dorst om een documentaire te maken, maar toen was ik al met dat boek bezig. Zo kwam ik op het idee om mij voor de serie alleen te richten op het deel over de liefde. Verhaallijnen uit het boek gaan door in de serie, als een soort sequel.  Zo vertelt Lily in het boek over haar struggels met haar deels Surinaamse vriend, maar in de serie gaat ze uiteindelijk toch met hem trouwen en bezoek ik haar als ze een trouwjurk gaat uitzoeken.

Ik heb ook bepaalde dingen bewust niet in het boek gezet, zodat ik ze nog kon gebruiken voor de serie. Bijvoorbeeld: ik had zelf al bedacht dat ik eigenlijk op date moest met iemand van Oost-Aziatische afkomst. En toen dacht ik: ik kan dat voor het boek gaan doen, maar het is natuurlijk veel leuker om dat straks te zien.’

Pete Wu bij de psycholoog

Pete bij de psycholoog.


Hoe belangrijk is dat visuele aspect?
‘In het boek praat ik veel over representatie van Aziaten in de media, maar je ziet ze niet. In de serie kan ik veel verschillende Aziatische gezichten echt laten zien en henzelf het verhaal laten vertellen. Op schrift kan ik dat maar tot op een bepaalde hoogte doen, want als verteller vervorm ik nog steeds op een bepaalde manier hun verhaal tot die van mij. Misschien begrijp je als niet-Aziatische kijker beter hoe divers die verhalen kunnen zijn dan als lezer.’

Hoe is de serie opgebouwd?
‘Elke aflevering bestaat uit een paar vaste onderdelen. We beginnen met een paar mensen die in de camera een vraag beantwoorden. Bijvoorbeeld: hoe denk je dat Chinese ouders anders zijn dan Westerse ouders? Of: wat voor dingen heb je meegemaakt op datingapps? Dan komt de leader. Daarna zie jij mij in gesprek met de therapeut en zij stelt de beginvraag waarmee we de aflevering ingaan. De eerste aflevering gaat over in hoeverre mijn idee over hoe een relatie hoort te zijn, gevormd is door mijn ouders. Daarna ga ik bij andere Chinese Nederlanders langs die wel geslaagd zijn om aan dat ‘perfecte plaatje’ te voldoen om te kijken hoe zij dat hebben gedaan.’

Pete in het café.

Welke rol spelen je ouders in de serie?
‘Elke aflevering eindigt met een soort eindmonoloog waarin ik kort vertel over mijn verhouding tot mijn ouders. In de eerste aflevering vertel ik over mijn verhouding met mijn vader en dat ik niet aan de verwachtingen, aan dat perfecte plaatje, kan voldoen. Mijn moeder blijft in haar cocon, terwijl ik in de buitenwereld te maken heb met heel veel dingen waartoe ik mij moet verhouden, omdat ik er anders uitzie, terwijl mijn moeder daar vroeger nooit echt last van heeft gehad, omdat zij is opgegroeid in China en ik juist in een omgeving waarin niemand op mij lijkt.’

Eer je je ouders door nu de perfecte vriend mee naar huis te nemen?
‘Zij hebben ooit gezegd: we gaan nooit je homoseksualiteit accepteren. Het pijnlijke is dat ik voor mijzelf heb gekozen, maar nog steeds niet helemaal los ben geraakt van wat mijn ouders willen. Het Invisible hands syndromenoemen ze dat. Dat je ouders op een bepaalde manier nog steeds een hand hebben in hoe je reageert op dingen.

Nadat ik uit de kast was gekomen, zo’n vier jaar geleden, was er meer afstand tussen ons ontstaan. Nu brengen ze weer regelmatig eten. Dat geeft aan dat ze willen laten zien dat het op een bepaalde manier oké is. Toch hoop je nog dat ze ooit op een directe, Hollandse manier zeggen dat ze je volledig accepteren.’

Pete op date.

Voor de documentaire heb je samengewerkt met Willem Timmers, die naast cameraman ook fungeerde als coregisseur: hoe verliep die samenwerking?
‘Ik heb heel veel aan hem gehad qua hoe je naar dingen kijkt of hoe je een verhaal opbouwt. Als schrijver had ik het verhaal helder, maar hij kon heel goed de vertaalslag maken naar beeld. Het is zo gegroeid dat hij op een bepaalde momenten de regie moest overnemen. Bijvoorbeeld tijdens de draaidag bij mijn ouders, dat was een van de zwaarste draaidagen die ik heb gehad. Zodra je bij je ouders bent, ben je ineens weer dat kind. Ik zei tegen Willem: “Ik kan dit even niet, dus misschien wil jij de advocaat van de duivel spelen en even regieaanwijzingen geven? Wilt u zo gaan staan? Wilt u dit alstublieft nog een keer doen?” Mijn ouders zouden niet zo snel naar mij luisteren op die manier, maar wel naar een buitenstaander. Wij vulden elkaar heel goed aan. Bovendien is Willem een van mijn beste vrienden. Dat maakte het voor mij heel ontspannen. Voor een eerste documentaire bij een vreemde cameraman zou ik waarschijnlijk meer schroom voelen.’

Was je vrij in je keuze voor crew en cast?
‘Ik heb zelf iedereen gecast. Deels zijn het mensen uit mijn boek, deels nieuwe mensen. Ik heb ze uitgezocht op hun achtergrondverhalen, op diversiteit in seksualiteit en etniciteit, maar ook op hun looks en of ze goed voor de camera waren. Ik mocht zelf ook mensen aandragen voor de crew, maar ik was niet heel bekend in het wereldje. Daarom is veel crew aangedragen door Willem en door de VPRO.’

“Ik denk dat dit soort verhalen ook in de mainstream media thuishoren.”

Wat hoop je voor reacties te krijgen?
‘Voor mijn boek heb ik uit alle hoeken veel respons gekregen. Van witte mensen kreeg ik reacties als: wauw, ik wist dit soort dingen niet. Ik ben blij dat je dit hebt geschreven. Nu begrijp ik mijn vriend of collega beter. Ik wist niet dat er discriminatie bestond tegen Aziaten. Dat soort reacties. Aziatische Nederlanders waren vaak blij dat ze zich konden herkennen in de verhalen. Er waren ook reacties waar ikzelf om moest huilen, omdat dit natuurlijk ook iets is wat ik vroeger zelf miste: verhalen van kinderen van migranten door henzelf verteld. Ik denk dat dit soort verhalen ook in de mainstream media thuis horen.’

Je geeft mensen ook een stem.
‘Ja, ik denk dat er veel mensen rondlopen die altijd het gevoel hebben gehad: mijn stem doet er niet toe. Maar natuurlijk doet het er toe! Ik hoop dat het mensen ook inspireert om ook hun verhalen te vertellen. Dat draagt ook bij aan een meer diverse representatie, iets waar CinemAsia ook al heel lang voor staat.’

“Pete en de bananen” is te zien vanaf 8, 15 en 22 juni op het YouTube-kanaal van de VPRO, op of op de Facebook-pagina van VPRO Dorst. Op zondag 28 juni ook te zien op de televisie op NPO 3.

De eerste aflevering is nu online!

tekst: Daan Vree
foto’s: VPRO

5 FilmLAB Quarantine Activities for May

Daan Vree FilmLAB Update

Yes, we’ll stay at home as much as possible and we keep social distance. But often we wish it was all over and we could start making films again. But why should you wait?  Is a real creative person not somebody who can be creative at home within the limits of space and resources? As FilmLAB we challenge you to be creative during quarantine. This is an overview of our coming activities before summer holiday.

1. FilmLAB Digital Meet-Up
Thursday May 7th, 20.00 – 21.00 

This online meet-up is an informal talk to have some fun and keep each other updated about things happening (or not happening at this moment) in the film industry. Please feel welcome to join, grab a drink at your own refriguator and go online for a chat with fellow filmmakers.

Do you want to join, then on May 7th between 20.00 and 21.00 click on this link: We’ll see you then!


2. 1.5m Distance – Open Call for filmmakers
Wednesday May 20th

Do you want to make a short film that will be screened during a quarterly screening of CinemAsia? Than this open call is something for you. Make a film about the self-isolation time that we are living in. Be as creative as you want: tell your story, what you do, how you do certain activities, how you are dealing with this situation, etc. The deadline is the 20th May 2020 at 23:59.  

More info? Check the open call of the 1,5m short film project and the video below. Or sent an e-mail to

3. Digital Jam Session
Thursday May 21st | 20.00 – 22.30

This quarterly FilmLAB event gives alumni of the FilmLAB Network and other (starting) filmmakers with an Asian background (or Asian story) the opportunity to discuss their current film projects with the FilmLAB coordinators and other filmmakers.  All projects are welcome: whether it’s an idea, an outline, a filmplan, a script, an first montage or a distribution plan. The FilmLAB Jam Sessions are meant to help provide each other with feedback and to help filmmakers realise their films.

Interested in joining this FilmLAB Jam Session? Sent an email with your project details and documents to to sign up. The deadline for submission is Friday May 14.

4. Movie Poster Corona Parodies

FilmLAB Alumni Haider Hussain is working at Knock Knock Studio and they created a fun movie (and series) poster parody challenge. Get inspired about the movie poster parodies here and share your own poster parody on Instagram using the hashtag #covidmoviechallenge and/or tagging @weareknockknock.




5. Sundance Co//ab Masterclasses

During this difficult time Sundance has made several of its masterclasses available for free. So get the chance to learn more about short films and webseries all the way to sound design and gaming. Click here to browse through their masterclass library!



CinemAsia 1.5m Distance Short Film Project

Martijn van Veen CinemAsia Update, Event tip

Are you sick of this period of self isolation?  Make a short film that will be screened during a quarterly screening of CinemAsia! Make a film about the self-isolation times that we are living in. Be as creative as you want: tell your story, what you do, how you do certain activities, how you are dealing with this situation, etc. The only requirement. It needs to be 90 seconds. The deadline is the 20th May 2020 at 23:59.  

More info? Check the open call of the 1,5m short film project and the video below. Or sent an e-mail to

10 CinemAsia Doc tips to get through Quarantine

Martijn van Veen CinemAsia Update

CinemAsia has had the fortune to hold its 2020 edition of CinemAsia Film Festival this past March. More than a month later such an event has become unthinkable. Words such as social distancing and self isolation have entered our daily lexicon and people who do not practice a crucial profession are adviced to work from home and everyone is asked to stay home as much as possible.

Even though being couped up at home might be trying, it also offers opportunities. For instance it grants the possibility to fill your appetite for Asian Cinema. In the last two weeks we have shared 10 filmtips and 10 tips for asian series, but of course there are also wonderful Asian documentaries to explore. That’s why we follow up with a list of 10 documentaries to lift your spirits and help you get through this period of self isolation.

1. Tokyo Idols

52 min – Miyake Kyoko
UK/Canada/Japan, 2017
NPO Start

Girl bands and their pop music permeate every moment of Japanese life. Following an aspiring pop singer and her fans, Tokyo Idols explores a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality, and the growing disconnect between men and women in hyper-modern societies.

2. Jalanan

107 minDaniel Ziv
Indonesia, 2015
Vimeo on Demand

The captivating story of three gifted and charismatic bus musicians in Jakarta as they perform songs of social angst, get caught in political unrest, face family crises and get locked up by police.

Jalanan was screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2015.

3. Please Remember Me

78 min – Zhao Qing
China, 2015
IDFA Collection

87-year-old Alzheimer’s patient Lou has forgotten everyone but her husband Feng, who has been her only caretaker for the past 10 years. Yet after a medical check-up, Feng was diagnosed with a pancreas mass. The man who went through a life of hardship in good spirits finally bursts into tears. Before going to the hospital, he takes her out shopping and makes her pretty. Does it mean their time of separation is coming near? Can they still live a life with dignity and freedom?

4. Ramen Heads

93 min – Shigeno Koki
Japan, 2017
Itunes, Youtube or Google Play

Osamu Tomita, Japan’s reigning king of ramen, takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients. In addition to Tomita’s story, the film also profiles five other notable ramen shops, each with its own philosophy and flavour, which exemplify various different aspects the ramen world. Mixing in a brief rundown of ramen’s historical roots, the film gives viewers an in-depth look at the culture surrounding this unique and beguiling dish.

Ramen Heads was screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2018

5. Position among the Stars

112 min – Leonard Retel Helmrich
Netherlands / Indonesia , 2010
NPO Start

Through the eyes of grandmother Rumidjah, a poor old Christian woman living in the slums of Jakarta, we see the economical changing society of Indonesia and the influence of globalization reflected in the life of her juvenile granddaughter Tari and her sons Bakti and Dwi. Director and DOP Leonard Retel Helmrich follows this family in a unique way with his breathtaking Single Shot Cinema-technique. Without interviews and voice-overs, Leonard will bring you closer to Indonesia than you will ever get.

6. A Foley Artist

100 min – Wang Wan-jo
Taiwan, 2016
Vimeo on Demand

The story of a professional Foley artist, Mr. Hu Ding-Yi, to trace the history of sound-production in Taiwanese films, while extends to a broader view of the entire Chinese-speaking film industry (including Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai.)

A Foley Artist was screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2018.

7. Planet of Snail

87 min – Yi Seung-jun
South Korea, 2011
Itunes or Google Play

Young-Chan comes from planet of snail where deaf blind people live slow and quiet lives. Then an angel walked into his life. Soon-Ho knows how it is to be lonely and soon becomes an inseparable part of his life. However, Soon-Ho cannot always be there for him because of her own problem of spine disability. The couple now should learn to survive alone. While Soon-Ho uneasily spends her first day waiting for his return, Young-Chan goes out for the biggest adventure of his life.

8. Placebo

94 min – Abhay Kumar
India, 2014

In one of the toughest undergrad schools in the world, a film maker infiltrates a complex mindscape of ambition and restless youth. In the hallways of excellence, something sinister is at work- and those who inhabit them, must fight these monsters within.

9. Made in Korea

73 min – In-Soo Radstake
Netherlands, 2006
Amazon Prime

Adopted from Korea as a baby by a Dutch couple, Radstake is now searching for his true identity. He joins other adoptees from the same Holland flight and visits the orphanage in Seoul where he once lived. At first, he focuses on his fellow adoptees, but as his search progresses, his story gets more personal as he tries to find his biological mother.

10. Silk Road of Pop

53 min – Sameer Farooq, Ursula Engel
China, 2012
Vimeo on Demand

On the distant northwest edge of China lies Xinjiang, a vast region of snow-capped mountains, barren deserts and gritty market cities. Here, along the ancient Silk Road, music is one of the hottest commodities. Yet, around the music lies a troubling reality. Engaged in an identity tug-of-war, the region’s main population – the Uyghur Muslims – are gradually watching their populations dwindle as they are engulfed by a predominant Han Chinese settlement.  The Silk Road of Pop captures the challenges of a minority group in China and the explosive music scene it results in.

Silk Road of Pop was Screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2013


10 Asian Series to get through Quarantine

Martijn van Veen CinemAsia Update

CinemAsia has had the fortune to hold it’s 2020 edition of CinemAsia Film Festival this past March. A litte over a month later such an event has become unthinkable. Words such as social distancing and selfisolation have entered our daily lexicon and people who do not have a crucial profession are adviced to work from home and everyone is asked to stay home as much as possible.

Even though being couped up at home might be trying, it also offers opportunities. For instance it grants the possibility to fill your appetite for Asian Cinema. Last week we shared 10 filmtips, but great Asian storytelling is not limited to the cinemascreen. That’s why we follow up with a list of 10 series to lift your spirits and help you get through this period of self isolation.

1. Itaewon Class

1 Season – 16 Episodes
South Korea, 2020

Park Saeroyi’s life has been turned upside down after he gets expelled from school for punching a bully and his father is killed in an accident. Following his father’s steps, he opens a pub named “DanBam” in Itaewon and, along with his manager and staff, strive towards success and reaching greater heights.

2. Made in Heaven

1 Season – 9 Episodes
India, 2019
Amazon Prime

It is the story of two wedding planners in Delhi, where tradition jostles with modern aspirations against the backdrop of big fat Indian weddings revealing many secrets and lies.

3. Meteor Garden

1 Season – 50 Episodes
China, 2018

A woman wants to reorganize her house and convert it into a home office. She will throw anything that has been lying around unused. However, she faces a great challenge when she comes across some items that belonged to her ex-boyfriend.

4. She was Pretty

1 Season – 16 Episodes
South Korea, 2015

When Ji Sung-Joon was young, he was ugly. As he grew up, he began to have an attractive appearance. When Kim Hye-Jin was young, she was pretty. As she grew up, she became ugly. Ji Sung-Joon tries to find his first love.

5. The Stranded

1 Season – 7 Episodes
Thailand, 2019

When a tsunami strands dozens of teens on an island at their private school, they soon realize no rescuers are coming and they must save themselves.

6. Tokyo Vampire Hotel

1 Season – 10 Episodes
Japan, 2018
Amazon Prime

Manami is captured by blood thirsty trigger happy vampires, and taken to their hotel, where they keep prisoners as future meals. They are all instructed to find a partner to survive, when a vampire clan from Transylvania interferes.

7. Kingdom

2 Seasons – 12 Episodes
South Korea, 2020

While strange rumors about their ill King grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

8. Mirzapur

1 Season – 9 Episodes
India, 2018
Amazon Prime

A shocking incident at a wedding procession ignites a series of events entangling the lives of two families in the lawless city of Mirzapur.

9. Crash Landing on You

1 Season – 12 Episodes
South Korea, 2019

The absolute top secret love story of a chaebol heiress who made an emergency landing in North Korea because of a paragliding accident and a North Korean special officer who falls in love with her and who is hiding and protecting her.


10. Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

2 Seasons – 12 Episodes
Japan, 2019

An anthology of human relationship stories connected by the only open in the wee hours diner the characters frequent. Resolutions are often facilitated by the owner/chef.



10 CinemAsia Film Tips to get through Quarantine

Martijn van Veen CinemAsia Update, Tip

CinemAsia has had the fortune to hold it’s 2020 edition of CinemAsia Film Festival this past March. Less than a month later such an event has become unthinkable. Words such as social distancing and selfisolation have entered our daily lexicon and people who do not have a crucial profession are adviced to work from home and everyone is asked to stay home as much as possible.

Even though being couped up at home might be trying, it also offers opportunities. For instance it grants the possibility to fill your appetite for Asian Cinema. That’s why we thought we’d share a list of 10 filmtips to lift your spirits and help you get through this period of self isolation.

1. Tune in for Love

122 min – Jung Ji-woo
South Korea, 2019

In 1997 during the IMF crisis, two people meet while exchanging stories on a radio program. They fall in love, but can’t quite seem to get the timing right.

2. October

115 min – Shoojit Sircar
India, 2018
Amazon Prime

Dan’s, is as life of any carefree 21 year old, revolving around a bunch of friends and fellow hotel interns who feed off each other’s everyday moments, ups and downs. Shiuli is one such intern at the same hotel, who at times is at a receiving end of Dan’s audaciousness. Life goes on until a sudden turn of events smashes Dan and Shiuli’s lives together in a bond that’s unlike any 21 year olds.

3. Happy Old Year

113 min – Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Thailand, 2019

A woman wants to reorganize her house and convert it into a home office. She will throw anything that has been lying around unused. However, she faces a great challenge when she comes across some items that belonged to her ex-boyfriend.

4. One Cut of the Dead

95 min – Ueda Chinichiro
Japan, 2017

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

5. Posesif

101 min – Edwin
Indonesia, 2017

Lala is a platform diving athlete in her final year of high school when she meets Yudhis, a transfer student. The initial romance blossoms, but something about Yudhis is unfolding one by one

Posesif was screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2018

6. A Sun

156 min – Chung Mong-hong
Taiwan, 2019

A family of four fractures under the weight of unmet expectations, unexpected tragedy, and uncompromising pride.

7. The Wild Goose Lake

113 min – Diao Yi’nan
China, 2019

A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam.

The Wild Goose Lake screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2020

8. When Marnie was there

103 min – Yonebayashi Hiromasa
Japan, 2014

Due to 12 y.o. Anna’s asthma, she’s sent to stay with relatives of her guardian in the Japanese countryside. She likes to be alone, sketching. She befriends Marnie. Who is the mysterious, blonde Marnie.

When Marnie was Here screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2015.

9. Dot 2 Dot

89 min – Amos Why
Hong Kong, 2014

A girl from Northern China, who comes to Hong Kong for teaching Putonghua, starts exploring the surrounding and history of her new city when she determines to find out the boy behind the mysterious dot to dot graffiti outside every subway station.

Dot 2 Dot screened at CinemAsia Film Festival 2015.


10. Along with the Gods:
The Two Worlds & The Last 49 Days

139 min & 141 min – Kim Yong-hwa
South Korea, 2017 & 2018

After a heroic death, a firefighter navigates the afterlife with the help of three guides.