Master of Film

The Master of Film lecture series

Every other Wednesday night the Master’s department of the Film Academy invites guests to come and give a lecture. Speakers can be film makers, visual artists, composers but also philosophers, scientists or film theoreticians. The aim is simple: to broaden our horizon and to get inspired by a diversity of approaches and perspectives.

The lectures are free and open to all who are interested. For most lectures a reservation won't be necessary, but if you want to be sure to have a seat: please use the online RSVP form.

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Programme winter/spring 2015

Programme to be announced

10 June 2015

Guerilla filmmaking in South-East Asian cinema | Lorna Tee

Lorna Tee will speak about guerilla filmmaking in South-East Asian cinema (and the lessons we westerners could learn from that).
*Necessity is the mother of invention*
In South East Asia, with little or no resources for institutional funding films for filmmakers, who were not interested in crafting films made by the mainstream film industry or propaganda for the government, the lack of established or reputable film schools in the region, and with the advent of digital technology in the first decades of 2000s, a New Wave of new (not necessarily young) filmmakers, started to shake the scene of filmmaking in the region.
A region bound together with primarily geographical proximity as the reason, South East Asia, consisting of ten linguistically, historically, culturally and politically diverse nations, there is little that could singularly define the filmmakers in the region except for the deep desire to tell stories about the societies they live in and the changes in the country affecting their identities.
Guerilla filmmaking or independent productions in South East Asia, usually characterized by low budgets and working outside the system, came about when a generation of filmmakers, who are adept in film language started venturing to feature filmmaking. These filmmakers, either by a total immersion in film watching (primarily from pirated DVDs back then), being trained in internationally renowned film/ art colleges, and/ or starting out in television commercials industry as training into the craft and technicalities of production, were the pioneers of changing the scene of filmmaking in the region.
Picking a handful of South East Asian films as case studies to represent the New Wave filmmakers of the region, we will discuss on the origins of the guerilla filmmaking, the development and the current state of filmmaking in South East Asia.

Lorna TEE is a film producer and film festival worker. After graduation from university, she ventured in theatre production and working on events for NGO organisations for a few years before stumbling into the film world.

In the past, she has worked with some of the more prominent film companies internationally such as Focus Films (Hong Kong), Asian Film Awards, Variety (USA), and Irresistible Films (Hong Kong/ Japan).

Currently, she is working with her production company Paperheart, producing several films across Asia. She is the Festival Director of CinemAsia Film Festival in The Netherlands. As part of the Selection Committee in Berlinale, she works alongside the committee to select films for Competition. She is also the Asian representative for Back Up Media Group, a financing entity based in France.

TEE has served on the board of various international film festivals including Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Busan and Jakarta. She has been invited to be a jury member at Berlinale, Cannes, Locarno, Hong Kong, Sydney, Barcelona, Mexico, Durban & others.

Her producing credits include The Beautiful Washing Machine, Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, Love Story, My Mother is a Bellydancer, The Shoe Fairy, At the end of Daybreak, Lover’s Discourse, Come Rain, Come Shine and Postcards from the Zoo.

Expected in 2015 (exact dates to be confirmed)

The self-licking ice cream syndrome | Johan Grimonprez

More information on the programme will follow soon

About Johan Grimonprez:

Time & place

Date & time:
Every other Wednesday night,
19:30-21:30 hrs.

Film Academy cinema

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Programme winter/spring 2015

Wednesday 27 May 2015
no programme

Wednesday 10 June 2015
Guerilla filmmaking in South-East Asian cinema
Lorna Tee

Expected later in 2015:
The self-licking ice cream syndrome
Johan Grimonprez

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Wednesday Night Film Screenings

On the other Wednesday nights (when there is no Master Film lecture) our Master of Film students are organizing film screenings and talks at the Film Academy cinema.

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