Vietnamese film project Mamafia has been honored with one of the top awards at the second Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market in Singapore last week.
Vietnamese filmmaker Trinh Le Minh Hang received the Imaginex Studios Audio Post Production Award for her project Mamafia, while Malaysian project Terbalik was crowned with the Aurora Producing Award at the three-day event which concluded on December 9.
The two projects had been shortlisted from more than 100 submissions representing Southeast Asian nations by a panel of international film industry experts.
The filmmakers of Mamafia will enjoy a full audio post-production package worth S$50,000 (US$35,000) from Malaysia-based Imaginex Studios and Basecamp Films to develop the idea into a feature film.
Mamafia is a comedy-drama that tells the story of a powerful mafia boss who is very controlling and protective of her only son. She later in the film finds out that his secret girlfriend is in fact a gangster, and also the daughter of her archrival.
“Winning the award was a pleasant surprise as we joined the SAFF Project Market mainly to test the international market's appetite for Vietnamese films,” said Trinh Le Minh Hang, general manager at Skyline Media and producer of Mamafia.
“The project market has been a good experience, as it has opened the doors for potential co-production and investment. Also, with inputs and tips from the various international experts, we look forward to improving on and adding more detail to the film’s script, so that it can travel further around the world,” Hang said.
SAFF Project Market is a partnership between ScreenSingapore, Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), and Ties That Bind (TTB), and is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation.