December 16, 2013 21:20 ET

Finalists Announced: Asia Pacific New Documentary Program

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - Dec 16, 2013) - DocWeek in Adelaide, Australia has announced the ten finalist films in the inaugural Asia Pacific New Documentary Program. The Asia Pacific New Documentary Program is presented by education partner Flinders University, development partner ABC International and with the support of our esteemed regional partner organisations. It showcases films from up and coming filmmakers from Australia, Asia and the Pacific in a competitive strand during DocWeek. The finalists will travel to Adelaide for DocWeek and the Australian International Documentary Conference, participating in a series of professional development workshops whilst having full access to conference sessions, networking opportunities and events.

A panel of high profile international documentary professionals will judge the competitive program, and finalists will be competing for the F4 Award for Outstanding New Australian Documentary Talent and the inaugural Asia Pacific New Documentary Award for Outstanding New Asia Pacific Documentary Talent.

The Asia Pacific New Documentary finalists for 2014 are:

Gracie Otto - The Last Impresario (Australia)
In her full-length directorial debut, Australian filmmaker Gracie Otto profiles perhaps the most famous person you've never heard of: Michael White.
Screening: 7pm (115 mins) | Tuesday 4th March | Mercury Cinema

Clare Young - From the Bottom of the Lake (Australia)
A portrait of Jane Campion and her collaborators at work; a personal and revealing exploration of how, often against all odds, the creative spirit can sing.
Screening: 8pm (107 mins) | Sunday 9th March | Mercury Cinema
Supported by: Screen ACT and Screen Australia

Jakeb Anhvu - Blush of Fruit (Australia)
Tong Phuoc Phuc operates an orphanage in central Vietnam. He persuades expectant mothers from aborting with the promise of care and shelter, but his motives are overshadowed by allegations of profiteering and child neglect.
Screening: 6pm (113 mins) | Sunday 9th March | Palace Cinema

Sunita Jariwala - Valley Kicks (Australia)
Looking for permanency in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley is CEO of Brisbane Youth Service, and its clients Monkee and Link. But neighbours, natural disasters and a new State Government bring uncertainty.
Screening: 3pm (121 mins) | Sunday 9th March | Palace Cinema

Jess Feast - Gardening with Soul (New Zealand)
90-year old nun Sister Loyola Galvin shares insights on love, faith and compost during a year in her garden.
Screening: 9pm (125 mins) | Wednesday 5th March | Palace Cinema
Supported by: NZ Film Commission

Nunë Luepack - Imulal, A Land, Roots and Dreams (New Caledonia)
Imulal is about the subtleties and complexities of constructing a social structure, a 'hut' in which all of the inhabitants of New Caledonia would enter and find their place.
Screening: 2:30pm (84 mins) | Saturday 8th March | Palace Cinema
Supported by: FIFO Festival Du Film Oceanien

Zhao Gang - A Folk Troupe (China)
This film tells the moving story of a local traditional Sichuan opera troupe in China. They are trying to find their own unique method of survival while trapped between the pressures of commercialisation and urbanisation. The reality of the troupe's lives reflect a rural China that is being torn apart at the seams, but where local folk culture and traditional values continue to live and breathe.
Screening: 7pm (87 mins) | Saturday 8th March | Palace Cinema
Supported by: iDOCS International Documentary Forum

Beatrice Leong - Tap That! Of Land, Water & Us (Malaysia)
Indigenous communities of Borneo still rely on rainwater for their everyday life. They're fast losing the battle of losing their natural water catchment areas by rampant agricultural and logging activities in Borneo. Where do you draw the line between development and preserving the livelihood of these communities and their way of life?
Screening: 5pm (93 mins) | Saturday 8th March | Palace Cinema | Screening with Lon Marum
Supported by: MyDocs Malaysian Documentary Association

Pavitra Chalam - Indelible (India)
Indelible explores the lives of seven people with Down's syndrome living in India. The film goes beyond medical complications to reveal human beings with feelings, opinions and unrelenting courage.
Screening: 7pm (86 mins) | Thursday 6th March | Mercury Cinema
Supported by: Indian Documentary Foundation

Chief Filip Talevu & Soraya Hosni - Lon Marum (Vanuatu)
Lon Marum depicts the relationship between language, culture, place, music, tradition, and magic - in the context of life on an active volcano.
Screening: 5pm (93 mins) | Saturday 8th March | Palace Cinema | Screening with Tap That! Of Land, Water & Us
Supported by: Further Arts Vanuatu

Other filmmakers from the Asia Pacific regions invited to join the finalists in the professional development aspect of the program are:

Nicole O'Donohue, Australia (Producer, The Last Impresario)
Vicky Pope, New Zealand (Producer, Gardening with Soul, Supported by NZ Film Commission)
Philippe Sintes, Tahiti (Director, Supported by FIFO Festival Du Film Oceanien)
Marcel Meltherorong, Vanuatu (Composer, Lon Marum, Supported by Further Arts)
Thomas Dick, Australia/Vanuatu (Producer, Lon Marum, Supported by Further Arts)
Phally Ngoeum, Cambodia (Director, Supported by Cambodian Film Commission)

Amanda Hawley, Industry Program Manager of DocWeek said, "We are thrilled with the submissions and interest in this program from across the Asia Pacific region in its inaugural year. I am incredibly proud of the final lineup, which includes five Australian premieres and two world premieres. We are thrilled to offer these up and coming documentary filmmakers a series of professional development opportunities, and look forward to the program developing further in the future".

Contact Information

  • For further information on the Asia Pacific documentary program please contact:
    Amanda Hawley
    Industry Program Manager
    +61 08 7324 9987