Southeast Asian Film Lab

Head Mentor

Shozo Ichiyama | Japan
Producer Shozo Ichiyama is the founder and director of film festival, Tokyo Filmex. He has worked with Asian filmmakers on award-winning works, including Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart, Ash Is Purest White, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Flowers of Shanghai, Samira Makhmalbaf’s Blackboards, among many others. His latest film, The Calming by Song Fang, took home the CICAE Prize at the Berlinale Forum 2020.


Nandita Solomon | Malaysia
Nandita Solomon is the co-founder of Malaysian independent film production company Apparat, and  its film Bunohan was Malaysia’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2013. She has presented projects at Hong Kong’s HAF, Focus Asia Genre Market in Udine, Singapore’s Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market and Docedge Kolkata. Solomon also serves as Industry Advisor to the Malaysia Multimedia University’s Faculty of Cinematic Arts. 

Mai Meksawan | Thailand
Mai Meksawan was a former Bangkok International Film Festival programmer and co-founder of Thai production and distribution company Extra Virgin. The latter’s most successful title, Agrarian Utopia, was screened in more than 100 festivals worldwide and received 11 international awards. His most recent production, Manta Ray (2018), won Best Film in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival.