About CAPA Conference
November 30 – December 1, 2017

Storytelling in the Asia Pacific: Cultural Crossroads and Multi-Nationalities in Film

Filmmakers are increasingly creating content that transcends borders. What are film schools in the Asia Pacific doing to prepare their students for work in a cross-cultural environment? What content should schools encourage students to think about? What kind of mindset should schools be shaping? This conference seeks to find answers to these questions by facilitating the exchange of ideas between film educators,film scholars, film critics, festival programmers, practitioners and more.    


Conference Program

Nov 29: Arrival of CAPA conference delegates

Thurs, 30 November 2017

Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

8:00 am - 9:00 am


Venue: Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcome Address

Herman van Eyken
Executive Council Regional Chair, CAPA

9:05 am - 9:15 pm

Opening Address

Clarence Ti
Principal, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

9:15 am - 10:00 am

NEW SHADES, NEW MEANINGS: The Cinema of Tomorrow

Keynote speech by Kirpal Singh
Scholar, poet, literary & cultural critic, Chief Academic Officer, Training Vision Institute

10:00 am - 10:30 am

The End of Hong Kong Cinema and the Rise of the Chinese Film Market: 20 Years after the Handover

Stephen Teo
Associate Professor, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Tea Break

11:00 am - 11:30 am

What Can Filmmakers Learn from Ang Lee’s films: A case study from a film cognition perspective on stories that successfully cross cultural boundaries

Feng Ding
Associate Professor,Beijing Film Academy

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Developing Cross-Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity in Film Schools

Panel Discussion: Kirpal Singh, A/P Stephen Teo and A/P Feng Ding

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Transnational films and Filmmaking in Indian Cinema:Films and identity on the big screen

Bina Paul
Regional Director, LV Prasad Film & TV Academy

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Indonesia: The Nationality in Cinema

Seno Gumira Ajidarma
Rector, Jakarta Institute of the Arts

How national cinema in Indonesia has been influenced by various aspects of its cultural-political history since its independence

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Challenges in developing Cinematic Drama between Australian and East Timorese writing/producing partners

Sandra Sciberras
Academic, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Tea break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Embracing National Identity or Global Citizenship: The Film School dilemma

Panel discussion
Keynote presenter Kirpal Singh, Bina Paul, Seno Gumira Ajidarma and Sandra Sciberras

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

CAPA Regional Meeting

Sidebar: Screening of student films from CAPA Singapore schools

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tour/Welcome Dinner

School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

9:00 pm

Optional activity

Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) screening or SGIFF social event

Friday, 01 December 2017

1st half of day hosted @ Lasalle College of the Arts

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcome Address

Adam Knee
Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Media and Creative Industries, LASALLE College of the Arts

9:05 am - 9:35 am

Local voices/Global films: Hearing and Reclaiming the Voice in Asia Pacific Cinema in the age of transnational films

Aruna Vasudev
President, NETPAC

9:35 am - 10:20 am

Teaching Asian Pacific Cinemas in an age of Globalization

Wimal Dissanayake
Professor, Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawaii and Honorary Professor, Open University of Hong Kong

10:20 am - 10:45 am

Tea break

10:45 am - 11:30 am

The Way Forward: How can NETPAC and CAPA Collaborate to Enhance Pedagogy for Asia Pacific cinema?

Nick Deocampo
UP Film Institute, University of Philippines (CAPA)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Breakout session

Led by Herman van Eyken , Anne Demy-Geroe, Bina Paul & Nick Deocampo
Four groups to work on assigned topics, followed by sharing from each group & a round-up by Nick Deocampo

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


from Lasalle College of the Arts to Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

Lunch at NP

(2nd half of day hosted @ NP)

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

Sharing/Virtual tour

Griffith Film School’s Asia Pacific online film course

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Transnational Filmmaking from the Thai/ Singapore context

Ekachai Uekrongtham
Theatre & Film director

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Cross-Cultural filmmaking – Upsides and Pitfalls

Freddie Yeo
COO, Infinite Studios

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Authenticity in Pacific Storytelling: A look into what authenticity means in relation to storytelling from the perspective of films about the Pacific or Pacific Islanders

Vilsoni Hereniko
Professor, Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawaii

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Tea break

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

The Role of Film Schools from the Asia Pacific in Developing Filmmakers for a Globalized Industry

Panel discussion:
Ekachai Uekrongtham, Freddie Yeo, Vilsoni Hereniko Moderated by Kenneth Tan, Singapore Film Society

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Address

Herman van Eyken
Executive Council Regional Chair, CAPA

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Screening of CAPA Omnibus Films & post-screening Q&A

Sidebar: NETPAC conference discussion

6:30 pm

Optional: SGIFF screening or SGIFF social event

Optional: Book launch - “Early Cinema in Asia” (Edited by Nick Deocampo) at National Library Building [ use this link to find out more: www.cilect.org/news/view/621#.Wg5mimXmtng]

Saturday, 02 December 2017

10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Optional: “On The Move”

A Distribution Strategy at LASALLE College of the Arts [Find out more: www.cilect.org/news/view/621#.Wg5mimXmtng]

6:30 pm

Departure of CAPA conference delegates or

Optional: SGIFF Silver Screen Awards

About Us

Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Film & Media Studies

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) is one of Singapore’s leading institutions of higher learning. The School of Film & Media Studies (FMS) was established in 1989 to offer Singapore’s first full-time Diploma in Mass Communication. It’s also the first tertiary institution here to offer a Diploma in Film, Sound & Video.

FMS alumni who went on to pursue a film career have produced notable works over the years. In 2013, Anthony Chen won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with his debut feature film Ilo Ilo. He also won the 50th Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film and Best New Director. In 2017, Kirsten Tan’s Pop Aye won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the VPRO Big Screen Award at the 46th Rotterdam Film Festival. Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice also won the Grand Prix at the 2017 Fribourg International Film Festival and six other awards at various film festivals.

FMS is a member of CILECT and CAPA, the CILECT Asia-Pacific Association.

About CAPA

CILECT Asia-Pacific Association (CAPA) is the regional association of the CILECT member schools in the Asia-Pacific Region.


CILECT represents the International Association of Film and Television Schools and stands for Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision.

It was founded in Cannes, France, in 1954 by Marcel L’Herbier (IDHEC President) and Rémy Tessonneau (IDHEC General Director) who gathered for the first time higher education film school representatives from France, Italy, Poland, Spain, UK, USA and USSR.

By 2016, CILECT includes over 160 audio-visual educational institutions from 60 countries on 6 continents with more than 10,000 teachers and staff that annually train more than 60,000 students and communicate with an alumni network of more than 1,600,000.

CILECT is committed to maintaining the highest standards of audio-visual education in its member schools by establishing and organizing global and regional forums for the exchange of managerial, pedagogical, methodological and research best practices. CILECT also strives to contribute to the world cultural and communication processes by stimulating a multitude of networking and sharing collaborations among its members.

Conference Venues


Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Film & Media Studies

535B Clementi Rd, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

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Partner Venue

LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

1 McNally Street

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Official Hotel

Village Hotel Albert Court Singapore

180 Albert Street

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