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Scream Asia Film Festival

Scream Asia is a horror film festival started to slake Asia’s immense thirst for horror films!

Scream Asia Film Festival will run from 19-28 October 2018, screening a total of 11 feature films and 1 short film from Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, UK and USA.

These films were selected by Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo and South Korean film programmer Jongsuk Thomas Nam.

Besides film screenings, there will be two masterclasses taught by acclaimed horror filmmakers Joko Anwar (Satan’s Slaves) and South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan)

Scream Asia Film Festival is organised by mm2 Entertainment and Cathay Cineplexes.

The Scream Team

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Eric Khoo
Award winning film maker and Cultural Medallion recipient Eric Khoo who helms Zhao Wei Films has been credited for reviving the Singapore film industry and for putting Singapore onto the International film map in 1995. He was the first Singaporean to have his films invited to major film festivals such as Toronto, Busan, Berlin, Telluride, Venice and Cannes. Together with 12 Storeys’ co-writer James Toh and actress Lucilla Teoh, he also wrote a White Paper which resulted in the formation of the Singapore Film Commission. Besides his filmmaking achievements, Khoo has produced several award-winning films including “15” (2003) and “Apprentice” (2016).

“Be With Me” opened the Directors Fortnight in Cannes 2005 and “My Magic”, his fourth feature was nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2008. Khoo has been profiled in Phaidon Books, Take 100 the future of Film – 100 New directors. The Pompidou Centre in Paris held an Eric Khoo film retrospective and he served as President of the Jury at The Locarno International Film Festival in 2010. The following year, he released his first animated feature, “Tatsumi”, which was invited to the 64th Cannes Film Festival and made its North American premiere at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In 2012 Khoo headed the juries at Asian Film Awards, Rotterdam International Film Festival and in 2013 the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. He was invited to be on the official Cannes, short film competition jury in 2017. In 2018, Eric is the showrunner for “Folklore” a HBO Originals series Asia.

 

FESTIVAL MANAGER
Teo Swee Leng
Teo Swee Leng is a pioneer in the fields of performing arts, film and new media and has worked in the local arts and film community for the past 34 years. She was the administrator for TheatreWorks (Singapore) from 1985 to 1989 and festival director of the Singapore International Film Festival from 1991 to 2007. She is now a consultant for local and international arts, film and cultural events and has organised and managed projects for the Singapore International Festival of Arts, THIS Buddhist Film Festival, Painting With Light at the National Gallery, the South East Asian Film Festival at the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Biennale 2013, Asia Pacific Films.com, Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema and ISEA International Foundation.

Swee Leng is a highly experienced cultural worker and advocate known for her wide-ranging experience, motivation and commitment. Her involvement in cultural development started in 1984 and she is recognised for her commitment to arts management in Singapore.

During her 20 years at the Singapore International Film Festival, she was instrumental in making the festival a highly recognised and regarded international festival for its progressive programming and strong management and for promoting Asian Cinema and in particular films from Southeast Asia.

 

PROGRAMMER
JongSuk Thomas Nam
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1968, Thomas immigrated to USA in 1980 and graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) with BA in Communication Arts (Radio, TV Film) Thomas returned to Korea in 1995 and worked as an assistant director on JUNGLE STORY before joining Busan Int’l Film Festival (BIFF) as KIM Ki-young Retrospective curator in 1997. He subsequently served as a festival coordinator and the senior manager of Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) at BIFF (1999-2001) as well as the general secretariat at the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC, 2001-2004) before joining Bucheon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in 2007.

Thomas is currently the managing director of Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF, 2008–now), a key film industry program of BIFAN, and the programmer of English-language territories (Sept. 2016-now). Thomas has served as a jury/speaker at numerous film festivals/conferences, including Sitges, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Hawaii, USA; Warsaw, Poland; Vesoul, France; TIFFCOM-Tokyo, Japan; Yubari, Japan; Fantastic Fest/Market-Austin, USA; Toronto Reel Asian, Canada; IFX-Philippines, Haugesund, Norway; EARS in Helsinki, Finland; Industry@Tallinn, Estonia; ScreenSingapore, FEFF Udine, Italy, and Ventana Sur/Blood Window-Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Thomas is currently the managing director of Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF, 2008–now), a key film industry program of BIFAN, and the programmer of English-language territories (Sept. 2016-now). Thomas has served as a jury/speaker at numerous film festivals/conferences, including Sitges, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Hawaii, USA; Warsaw, Poland; Vesoul, France; TIFFCOM-Tokyo, Japan; Yubari, Japan; Fantastic Fest/Market-Austin, USA; Toronto Reel Asian, Canada; IFX-Philippines, Haugesund, Norway; EARS in Helsinki, Finland; Industry@Tallinn, Estonia; ScreenSingapore, FEFF Udine, Italy, and Ventana Sur/Blood Window-Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

COMMITTEE
Benny Koh, Gary Goh, Gary See, Ho Weng Kay, Lai JunJie, Low Ser En, Nelson Mok,
Nicholas Lim, Sim Wee Boon, Ottylia Liu