Bringing fresh stories from the UK's East and Southeast Asian diaspora to the big screen.

CINEAST was a digital short film programme produced by BBC Writersroom and B3 Media, which supported, developed and produced short films from the next wave of emerging writing, directing and acting talent from the UK’s East and Southeast Asian diaspora. Four digital shorts were commissioned in 2011, and were showcased at industry preview events at BAFTA and Encounters Bristol International Film Festival.

The films were commissioned in June 2011. They went through script development and were given support and feedback from concept to final cut. The films were made on incredibly tight budgets, but withhout any compromise to storytelling or ambition.


Commissioned films were:


Writer: Selina Lim

Director: Mustapha Kseibati

Producer: Michael Berliner


3 Mile Radius

Writer/Director: Lab Ky Mo

Producer: Stephen Cheers



Writer/Director: In-Sook Chappell

Producer: Sophie Neave


Mercutio's Dreaming

Writer/Co-Director: Daniel York

Co-Director: Jennifer Lim

Producer: Emily Mayson

The CINEAST films are intended to engage audiences, spark debate and to further the careers of the talent involved.