PHILIP CHEAH is a film critic and is the editor of BigO, Singapore’s only independent pop culture publication. He is currently program consultant and advisor to film festivals in Shanghai (China), El Gouna (Egypt), River Meets Mountain (India), Adoor (India), Jogjakarta (Indonesia), and Hanoi (Vietnam).
He co-founded the South-east Asian Film Festival and the Asia Pacific Screen Lab and is Patron of the SEA (South-east Asia) Screen Academy in Makassar, Indonesia. He is also Spiritual Advisor to the Bakunawa Young Cinema Film Festival, Philippines. He is co-editor of the books, Garin Nugroho: And the Moon Dances; Noel Vera: Critic After Dark and Ngo Phuong Lan: Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema.
He was given an Honorary Award at the 15th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2019, an award for Achievement in the Promotion of Kyrgyz film by the Kyrgyzstan Film Critics in 2010, an award for promoting Vietnamese film by the Vietnam Cinema Association in 2008, an Award for Asian Cinema at the 8th Cinemanila International Film Festival in 2006, and the Korean Cinema Award at the 9th Pusan International Film Festival in 2004.
DODO DAYAO is the writer and director of Violator (2014), If You Leave (2016), Nephilim (2017), Best Before: (2017) and Midnight in a Perfect World (2021). He lives in Quezon City and is currently working on his next film, his first book of essays and his first book of fiction.
EPOY DEYTO writes reviews and (occasionally) makes films. He writes for VCinema and his blog Missing Codec, while some of his writings on films have appeared on other venues such as Sinekultura, NANG, Mabini Review and UNITAS. He was a fellow of the 2018 Yamagata IDFF& FFD-Jogja Film Criticism Workshop. He’s also the author of The Years of Permanent Midnight (2018), Crisis HD (2019) and Post-Dilawan Cinema and the Pandemic (2021) released under Shonenbat Collective.
ABDUL ZAINIDI is an indie award winning filmmaker from Brunei a writer and director received a scholarship to Busan Asian Film school and also an Asian Film Academy alumni he is also an actor as well as Tiktok influencer with over 9k followers in Brunei. He special needs children in his films and most notably in his short film’ cloud jacket’. Abdul is the recepient of the Bucheon award in 2018 for his feature ‘worm and the widow’.