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Tears of Elephant Boy

In Nepal there is a region that is known for elephant polo, elephant soccer, and elephant trekking. Behind exploited elephants are mahouts who are struggling to survive in poor conditions, and elephant camp proprietors who exploit mahouts. Chrishina is a mahout who is on the verge of having to change his way of training elephants so that he can earn more money in order to support his family. But his 9-year-old son who has always been close to elephants has mixed feelings about his father choice. This documentary follows the two as they both struggle with the dark side of the elephant business.

Message from the Director
I’m very glad to be with the final pitch of TAP. The comment and advice of EP from 4 broadcasters are helpful a lot for me and wonderful experience to meet the other producers and directors from other countries. There are fantastic ideas and stories which make me think and see the world in the broad eye. I’m very honor to be selected and it really made me happy.
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  • Hwang-Sung Park
    South Korea
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Kelden

In an industrial town in Bhutan, 13 year old Kelden grabs every opportunity to play football and is selected as a team member of Bhutan to compete in the under 14 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup which will happen in 2017. The documentary follows Kelden and her teammates over a year as they make their challenge toward the Asian Cup and encounter many firsts in their lives, breaking traditional values. Through Kelden, we hope to depict the changing roles of gender and the beginning of modernization in a traditional society which was closed from the outside world until recently.

Message from the Director
I felt really honoured to be part of The Asian Pitch this year to present our documentary project called Kelden. I'm also really grateful to the organizers for letting me represent Arun Bhattarai - the director of the project who could not attend the event because of visa complications. I feel that the 3 day program was really condensed and efficient. The coaching session on the first day was extremely useful in terms of shaping the concept of our film, understand our focus and re-structuring our pitch according to it. I also got a lot of inspiration from other participants and their different projects. As a fresh graduate from film school I feel these kind of pitching forums help me a lot to understand how the professional world works and at the same time I can also connect with other filmmakers from all over the world. The warm and welcoming atmosphere also helped me not to think of this event as a competition but as a learning platform where I can find many sources of inspiration for the future. During the actual pitching we got a lot of valuable feedback and critics from the jury. We understood the challenges of our project and also how to position our theme for a wider audience. We are absolutely thrilled to be one of the projects selected to be funded. We feel we got a really unique opportunity to tell a Bhutanese story for the international audience. We are really excited and look forward to working together on the film with our executive producers.
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  • Arun Bhattarai
    Bhutan
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  • Dorottya Zurbo
    Bhutan
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Kota Coaching Factory

Indian Institutes of Technology (famously known as IITs) are the most premier institutes in India for Engineering. Every year, nearly 1,300,000 students contest for a mere 10,000 seats in these institutes. Approximately, two hundred thousand students travel from all over India to KOTA where there are more than 300 coaching centers that specializes in the training for the IITs entrance exam. In 2015, 24 kids studying in Kota who couldn't deal with the pressure or depression & loneliness committed suicide. The film is an attempt to find out what really happens inside these coaching centers of KOTA, how these 16 and 17 years old cope up with the family, peer and exam pressure week after week and what really breaks them or makes them.

Message from the Director
First day in Tapei, there was a pitching workshop which gave us invaluable feedback and inputs that helped me in pitching the project much better. I only wished the workshop was longer.
The environment created by the host-PTS and other organisers was very warm and friendly. It didn't feel that as participants we were trying to outdo each other, instead there was an opportunity for growth in our respective projects with 360 degree feedback system. The Asian Pitch is a unique and incredible platform for documentary filmmakers. I hope it only scales up in the coming future.
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  • Hemant Gaba
    India
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