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Crossing Borders / Crossing Dreams Part 1

September 1-6, 2015, Bali, Indonesia

Crossing//Dreams is a joint workshop programme between Crossing Borders and Dare to Dream. 20 selected participants from South-East Asia (SEA), 3 from Asia and 6 participants from Europe will meet to network and develop their projects with the support of international industry professionals.

CROSSING BORDERS and DARE TO DREAM are calling for one hour or feature length documentary projects for the international training initiative CROSSING DREAMS.

Crossing//Dreams will take place from the 1st-6th September 2015 in Indonesia. 20 selected participants from South-East Asia (SEA), and 6 selected participants from Europe will meet to network and develop their projects with the support of international industry professionals.

After the Crossing//Dreams workshop, 6 European projects plus up to 4 SEA projects with the most international potential will go on to the Crossing Borders workshop and a pitching session in Leipzig, Germany in October 2015. Suitable projects from this workshop may also participate in Good Pitch2 South-East Asia in 2016-2017.

The Dare to Dream programme will support 10 projects financially for development, and a minimum of 6 projects for production. The filmmakers will receive professional support through mentoring and workshops, and the films will be released in 2017.

The language of the workshop is English and all applications must be in English.

List of Confirmed Tutors

  • ▪ Jakob Kirstein Høgel – Consultant and freelance producer, Denmark
  • ▪ Iikka Vehkalahti – Consultant, Finland
  • ▪ Don Edkins – Filmmaker and producer, South Africa
  • ▪ Karolina Lidin – Documentary Advisor Nordisk Film and TV Fond & consultant Sheffield Doc/Fest, Denmark
  • ▪ Wenlan Peng – Producer Sinoscope, UK/China
  • ▪ Min-Chul Kim – Producer & Manager of Documentary Airways, South Korea
  • ▪ Asako Fujioka – Director Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Tokyo Office, Japan
  • ▪ Jean Tsien - Editor, China
  • ▪ Stefan Kloos, Producer and Sales agent, Kloos & Co, Germany
  • ▪ Laurent Bécue-Renard, Film director, France



Dolphin Man, Anemon Productions, Greece

Participants: Yuri Averof & Lefteris Charitos


In 1988, the film Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue) propelled French deep-sea diver Jacques Mayol into world stardom. It had been inspired by Mayol’s daring feat of diving 100m in one breath and his profound affinity with the sea. ”Dolphin Man” takes us on a journey across Mayol’s life, from his early years as a diver who risked his life for fame, to his transformation into a messenger – pathfinder, aiming to redefine our relationship with the sea.

Bokator, Miro Images, Italy

Participant: Miro Mastropasqua


Almost extinct by the Red Khmer genocide in the 1970s, one of the masters of Bokator is now trying to revive the oldest of all Martial Arts, despite the adversity of the Cambodian past and its actual government. This is his story and a historical mile of the country.

Mother Slave, Illume, Finland

Participants: Lou Strömberg & Marianne Mäkelä


Mother Slave is a story about the Filipino offshore mother Yolanda. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden, to support her three sons financially and give them a better future. Unfortunately her sons and their families have become incapable of caring for themselves. Now, after 20 years in Sweden, Yolanda has come to the conclusion that it was a mistake to emigrate. Her motherly feelings and guilt have turned her into a slave who has give up on her own life.

With Hope and Perseverance, Sterntaucher Filmproduktion, Germany

Participant: Beatrice Madach


With Hope and Perseverance” is a story about oppression, the struggle to break the silence, and finally the importance of having a voice and being heard. Nearodey (13), Chantha (16) and Sochin (21) are all young women from very poor families in the Battambang province in Cambodia. They have experienced severe neglect through their parents and especially the younger ones are still threatened by human trafficking. In order to find a way out of poverty, all three of them want to finish school and get a university degree.

Fight for Freedom, Alleycats, UK

Participants: Des Henderson & Ed Stobart


Muay Thai – kick boxing – is the national sport in Thailand. So much value is put on a Muay Thai prowess, that in Thai prisons, serving prisoners can literally fight their way to freedom. This documentary, filmed over the course of a year, will observationally follow four hopefuls as they compete in jail tournaments in the hope of walking out the gate a free man or woman.

Stories from the Field, Éclipse Film, Hungary

Participant: Dorottya Zurbó


Deep in the Himalayas a small group of enthusiastic thirteen-year-old girls are being trained for the first time to build the Bhutanese national football team of the future. How long will these girls pursue a special dream in a country where traditional values and gender roles are still rooted in the society and playing football is not a profession for women?



Red Clothes | Cloud Films | Cambodia
Director/Producer: Lida Chan

Because I am a Girl | Lao New Wave Cinema | Laos
Director: Xaisongkham Induangchanthy

Equality Under One Sky | Myanmar
Director: Wai Mar Nyunt

Stolen Stone | PS Film Production | Myanmar
Director: Sein Lyan Tun

Ruby Land | Third Floor Film | Myanmar
Project Team: Shin Daewe, Thu Thu Shein

Marine War | Malaysia
Project Team: Ineza Roussille, Seok Wun Au Yong

Sunday Cinderella | Voyage Film | Philippines
Project Team: Baby Ruth Villarama, Dexter dela Peña

The Very Last Advocate is Not | Pananaw Studio | Philippines
Director: Nawruz Paguidopon

Stolen Youth | Singapore
Director: Tracy Tang

Young Activists
| Singapore
Director: Jason Soo

The Foreign Children | Thailand
Director: Chalefun Ditphudee

The Golden Mile Complex | Thailand
Project Team: Anocha Suwichakornpong, Maenum Chagasik

"Great" Artist | Vietnam
Project Team: Mai Thi Bup, Mai Le Dung, Huong Anh Dao

The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil | Cinema Is Incomplete | Vietnam
Project Team: Pham Thu Hang, Jewel Maranan

Pesantren | Indonesia
Director: Shalahuddin Siregar

I Fear My Father | Afterclap Cinema | Indonesia, Phillipines, Malaysia
Project Team: Budiyanto, Camille Teves, Buddy Anwardi

A Better Man | Gambar Bergerak | Indonesia
Project Team: Ucu Agustin, Tri L. AstraatmadjaUcu Agustin, Tri L. Astraatmadja

12 Wives | Tanakhir Films | Indonesia
Project Team: Tonny Trimarsanto, Mandy Marahimin, John Badalu, Nicholas Saputra

Bali Dreams | Indonesia
Director: Agung Sentausa

Where is Hambali? | Daniel Rudi Haryanto Films | Indonesia
Project Team: Daniel Rudi Haryanto, Intan Kieflie

Himalayan gold (Quest for Yarsagumba) | FAITH | Nepal
Miraz Thakuri

Dare to Dream | Media Help Line | Nepal
Project Team: Dipesh Kharel, Jagdish Kharel, Asami Saito

A Strong Army
| Korea
Project Team: Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, Min-Chul Kim



Applications from SEA

SEA filmmakers are invited to submit projects to participate in Dare to Dream, a documentary series on the dreams, aspirations and frustrations of Asian youth.

Dare to Dream is looking for unconventional, brave, and challenging stories that are different, and have not been told before; stories that will take place in the front of the camera about the dreams of Asian youth. The story can also be from the past, but there should be a clear idea of how the past will be told cinematically.

We expect that the protagonist/s will come from the young generation of Asia. An existing dilemma, conflict or important question can open the way into the narrative, but all genres of documentary filmmaking will be considered: also essayistic and artistic films. We hope that the proposals will have social, political, cultural, and even philosophical depth, without making the films boring and predictable.

20 projects will be selected for the first workshop in September and from these projects, 10 long documentaries (52-75 min) go on to receive development funding and ongoing mentorship through Dare to Dream. They will be presented at a second selection workshop in January 2016.

From there, 6 projects will go to production with finance and support from some of the best professionals in the world, participating in different workshops and forums. The finished documentaries will be released as a series in 2017.

Interested filmmakers and producers must submit project ideas by July 12, 2015.

Submissions are made by filling in the application form on the website and

All the costs of the workshop will be covered by Dare to Dream.



About Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders is an international training programme launched in 2010 by Documentary Campus and the EDN – European Documentary Network. It brings together filmmakers and documentary experts from both Europe and Asia, who are highly motivated to collaborate with each other across national borders, and have the ambition to enter each other’s markets both artistically and financially.

Through one-to-one sessions with recognized professionals and trainers from around the world, the programme offers creative and practical support for targeting a project for the international market. The aim is to create an invaluable network between Europe and Asia and to furnish the participants with the necessary knowledge and contacts for their future work on an international level. For more information on previous editions of Crossing Borders and examples of participating projects and success stories visit

Crossing Borders is an initiative by:

About Dare to Dream

Dare To Dream takes you into the dreams, aspirations and frustrations of Asian youth – the future of the planet’s most populated region.  Across Asia more than 750 million young people are searching for possibilities – education, work – and the meaning of life. 

Asia is the continent that is ageing most and with the older generation everywhere in power. It is also facing the most serious consequences of fundamental problems that would need change.

Dare To Dream will give a voice to the young generation of Asia, through documentary films, looking at the future of the huge continent – not forgetting the incredible potential, and idealism that Asia can offer to its citizens and to the whole world.

This project is a cooperation between STEPS (the organization in the award-winning Steps for the Future, Why Poverty? and Why Democracy? series), In-Docs, DocNet Southeast Asia, and supported in the development stage by the Ford Foundation.

For more information on Dare to Dream contact:

Amelia Hapsari 


Fujioka Asako                                                                          

Don Edkins                                                                                        


Iikka Vehkalahti

EDN Contact

Cecilie Bolvinkel