MSF Laureates

Laureates 2019

Script Development Award: 1,000 Euros funded by film production companies Chinese Shadows & D1 Film for the script development.
Director: Myo Min Htwe
Production: Jose Dennis Teodosio for The Creative Playground
Status: Development.
First long-feature

At the death of his father, a poor boy becomes the provider for his family. But as he struggles to earn a living, he meets the wrong people. The police catches him…

Myo Min Htwe is the director of The Man Who Sells Luck (doc) and Mga Dayo: Stories of Filipinos in Myanmar. His last film is a experimental short, History/His story.
Jose Dennis Teodosio is producer at The Creative Playground, an independent production company based in Yangon and created in 2014.

Script Development Award: 1,000 Euros funded by film production companies Chinese Shadows & D1 Film for the script development.
Director: Aung Min
Scriptwriter: San San Oo
Production: Naing Win for Myanmar Golden Prestige Films
Status: Development
Second long-feature

There is a fierce hatred between one-eyed Colonel Aung, an ex-Myanmar military officer who was awarded the prestigious medal “Thura” and one-legged ex-ethnic soldier Saw Aung…

Aung Min, 64, was a doctor during three decades. In 1999, he publishes his first novel and in 2010 he participates to an autobiographical short doc The Clinic. In 2014, he writes the script of The Monk by The Maw Naing. He shoots his first feature A Man with a Beard in 2019.
Naing Win is Managing director of Myanmar Golden Prestige Films. The Rooster is his first project.

Production Award: Production of a short film, PLASTIC BAG, inspired by the feature project. Shooting in Yangon in late October 2020.
Director: Than Lwin Oo
Production: Poe Poe for Bound Co.
Status: Development
First long-feature

One rainy night, a 10-year-old boy watches his father jump out the apartment window. A few years later he falls in love with a girl at the fish market…

Than Lwin Oo is graduated of National University Art in Culture. He shot a short film Between and participated to the Cineport Yangon Workshop in 2019.
Poe Poe was director and producer of the short film The Room and producer of the short Red Apple LGBT.’écran-2020-02-20-à-16.32.19.png’écran-2020-02-20-à-16.33.06.png

Open Doors Award: Lamin Oo, a promising producer, is invited to participate in a week-long producers’ Lab at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2020.
Director: Zaw Bo Bo Hein
Production: Lamin Oo for Kyaw Sit Yoe Films
Status: Development
First long-feature

Ko Kyaw is a homophobic scriptwriter suffering from a writer’s block. One day, at a teashop, an elderly gentleman remarked that Ko Kyaw has the same mannerism as Wai Zin – a closeted gay man who is also Ko Kyaw’s step-uncle…

Zaw Bo Bo Hein is alumni of the FAMU Filmmaking Workshop (2016). He shot several short films : Saw Ke (2016), Newspaper Bill (2016), That Very Moment (2016), Whispers of Silence (2018), and Sick (2019).
Lamin Oo is graduated from Gettysburg College, PA, in Psychology and Philosophy. In 2014, Lamin has produced an award-winning documentary film, This Land Is Our Land.

Laureates 2018

Production Award: 30,000 USD of in-kind post-production in Paris from Digital District (France).
Director: Sein Lyan Tun
Production: John Badalu for PS Films Production
Status: Development. Shooting in 2020
First long-feature

When a burmese teenage lesbian girl feels distress between love and life, she has to survive despite the downfall of her family situation.

Sein Lyan Tun shoots his first doc in 2015 Charred Brick. He also made short fiction films as Rula. He is an alumni of Tokyo Talents (2017).
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Open Doors Award: Khin Warso is invited to Producers’ Lab at the Locarno Festival in August 2019.
Director: Myat Minn Khant
Production: Khin Warso for Green Gate Production
Status: Development. Shooting in 2020, Yangon & Pakokku
First long-feature

Kyaw is looking for the whereabouts of his lover Mya Yamone who has disappeared after getting arrested for joining the demonstrations in 2007 Saffron Revolution.

Myat Minn Khant, born in Mandalay in 1992, is graduated from Dagon University. He is DOP and director (Cold Shoulders, 2016).
Khin Warso is born in Moulmein (Mon State) in 1991. She is editor, director (Piti) and producer of two other Myanmar projects: Mangoes are Tasty and Scarecrow. She is alumni of Yangon Film School.

Laureates 2017

Open Doors Award: Aung Phyoe is invited as observer at the Locarno Festival & Open Doors in August 2018. The project win also 10,000 USD of in-kind post-production from Digital District.
Director: Aung Phyoe
Production: Aung Phyoe for Mya Yar Production
Status: Development. Shooting 2020
First long-feature

Life may be just a disappointment where human beings hopelessly search for the ultimate happiness, while failing to cherish those tiny permanent moments…

Aung Phyoe, born in 1989, studied filmmaking in Mumbai-based film school, the Whistling Woods International, majoring in Editing. He made his first short film, Seasonal Rain, in 2016.

Production Award: 10,000 USD of in-kind post-production in Paris from Digital District (France).
Director: Nay Chi Myat Noe Wint
Production: Kaung Sint for Salt Film Production
Status: Development. Shooting September 2020, Chin State
First long-feature

A relationship between a mother and her daughter that began to unravel by an unfinished facial tattoo is heavily tested after the mother refused to stay with her daughter in the city…

Nay Chi Myat Noe Wint studied filmmaking in Myanmar at the British Council and Human Dignity Film Institute. She made his first documentary Little Sons in 2016. Follow The Scoop (doc), Diramore (doc), Shaky Little Hands (short) and Home Alone (short).
Kaung Sint is alumni of Myanmar Imperial College.

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Production Award: Invitation for the director and the producer to the FAMU Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus 2017, a A-level 5-weeks program in Prague.
Director: Mg Sun
Production: Ma Aeint for Electronic Pictures
Status: Post-production
First long-feature

A direct-to-video director becomes desperate and plots a bank job as he fails to finish his first feature film…

Mg Sun worked in Singapore as 3D visualizer before to found Electronic Pictures with Ma Aeint in 2013. His short animation films are Jet Flyer (2005), The Rose (2012), Rights (2013) and A Rainy Day (2014).
Ma Aient is alumni of the FAMU Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus and Ties That Bind producer workshop 2018 with the project The Other Side Of The River.’écran-2020-02-13-à-17.42.01.png’écran-2020-02-13-à-17.29.35.png

Open Doors Award: Nwaye Zar Che Soe is invited to Producers’ Hub at the Locarno Festival in August 2017.
Director: Nwaye Zar Che Zoe
Production: Soe Arkar Htun for Kefka Film Production
Status: Development. Shooting 2020, Myanmar & Japan
First long-feature

The story of a graduated disabled girl who with slow steps in walking caused by her deformed left leg has been pushed under the Zodiac Influence yet tries her best to create her own destiny through self-determination during the administrative period of Military Government….

Nwaye Zar Che Soe is alumni of Yangon Film School. Since 2013, she works in particular with persons with disabilities. In 2014, her first documentary Traveller was selected by Human Rights Film Festival Yangon. In 2015, she shooted her second doc Lovely Bones.
Soe Arkar Htun, YFS graduate, is developing Mangoes are Tasty There by Sai Naw Kham (SGIFF Lab 2018, SAFF 2017 and MSF 2016). Kefka Film Production, established in 2019, was founded by Soe Arkar Htun, Khin Warso & Sai Naw Kham.