BANGKOK: ADFEST is delighted to unveil the names of this year’s Fabulous Four directors, with two directors from Dhaka (Bangladesh), one director from Melbourne (Australia) and one from Tokyo (Japan).
Congratulations to:

  • Md. Kamruzzaman Ratan, Director, Dhaka: ‘Unsolved Stars’

  • Md. Reazul Amin, Assistant Director, Dhaka: ‘The Empty Side’

  • Raphael Elisha, Director, The Otto Empire, Melbourne: ‘Truel’

  • Takeshi Izumida, Director, Taiyo Kikaku Co., Ltd.: ‘Transcendent Love’

Their short films will premiere at ADFEST 2013 on Tuesday 19th March, 11.00am in a session moderated by John Park, Founder & Director at Addict Media Films in Seoul. Park is Jury President of Film Craft Lotus and New Director Lotus at ADFEST 2013.
“I am excited for this year's Fabulous Four directors. Each are of different genres and styles and I look forward to seeing four different interpretations of the concept, Connect the Dots. Fabulous Four is a great opportunity for up-and-coming directors as it serves as a weighty stepping stone into the industry and a great chance to showcase one's work in front of some of the best creative minds in the region,” says Park.

Every year, ADFEST invites new directors and assistant directors to submit a five-minute short film script inspired by the theme of ADFEST. In 2013, ADFEST received 29 scripts from 10 cities across the region based on this year’s theme, ‘CONNECT THE DOTS’.

The scripts were judged by the Film Craft Lotus & New Director Lotus jury, which includes:

  • Jury President: John Park, Founder & Director, Addict Media Films, Seoul

  • Barney Chua, Founder & Director, Mojo Films, Kuala Lumpur

  • Hozefa Alibhai, Managing Director, 200 not out FILMS, Mumbai

  • Kosai Sekine, Director, Stink, Tokyo

  • Malinee Tosakul, Founder & Managing Director, Big Blue Production, Bangkok

  • Michael Soo, Director, Post Production Office, Hong Kong

  • Oliver Lawrence, Executive Producer, Photoplay Films, Sydney

“Fabulous Four is more than a good opportunity for up-and-coming directors. A few years ago, I had an opportunity to help an up-and-coming director produce a short film for ADFEST. His film was seen by many companies at the festival, and later he was hired by an overseas production house. ADFEST is a shortcut for directors to present their creativity and their ability,” says Malinee Tosakul of Big Blue Production in Bangkok. 

“ADFEST is a fantastic festival, you literally get to meet loads of interesting, creative people from all over the region. To expose a young director to ADFEST gives them a steep learning curve. It's a great opportunity to have their short film screened and do some serious networking,” says Oliver Lawrence of Photoplay Films in Sydney.

The Fabulous Four now have just a fewweeks to cast, direct, edit and complete their short films before premiering at ADFEST 2013. 

To attend this year’s Fabulous Four Screening, purchase your Delegate Passes today via festival takes place on 17th – 19th March at PEACH, Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Pattaya, Thailand. 

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