Singapore Presents More Than 350 Hours Of Compelling Content For Global Audiences At Hong Kong Filmart 2019
18 March 2019 – This year, Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will lead a delegation of 23 Singapore media companies to Hong Kong Filmart 2019, presenting over 350 hours of compelling Asian stories. The 51 titles include Potocol’s Far Away My Shadow Wandered, a Singapore-Japan-Hong Kong co-produced documentary selected for the 17th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum, and the remake of classic Singaporean TV drama The Little Nyonya, by G.H.Y Culture & Media (Singapore).
The Singapore Pavilion at Hong Kong Filmart will see the participation of companies ranging from film and TV producers such as Clover Films and Wawa Pictures, to media service providers such as Mocha Chai Laboratories and Ying Group. This is part of Singapore’s push to connect content creators with potential partners across multiple formats. In line with this, the sixth edition of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) 2019 will return from 21 November to 8 December, with expanded offerings for both consumers and industry.
Singapore content highlights at Hong Kong Filmart 2019
1. Coming to a screen near you soon | Gearing up for an exciting line-up in 2019 and beyond
(From left to right: Stills from Ibu, Number 1 and Circle Line)
- In Encore Films’ comedy Fat Hope, an aloof, demanding supermodel has the tables turned on her when a Facebook curse turns her overweight overnight.As she scrambles to lose weight in time for a major fashion campaign, she realises that happiness comes in all shapes and sizes.
- Number 1 by mm2 Entertainment and Byleft Productions is a comedy about family and friendship that follows the tribulations of retrenched white-collared executive, Qi Ming. After many failed interviews, Qi Ming takes up a job as a manager at a drag club called “Number 1”, and a series of events unfold when he is made to fill in in drag and perform with the other drag queens, eventually becoming the biggest performer in the business.
- Far Away My Shadow Wandered by Potocol, is a documentary that follows a young man Junya, who moved away from home rather than fulfil a promise made to his late grandfather, to take over the family Shinto shrine. His fateful encounter with a dancer leads him to confront that past, and gives the dancer inspiration for her work. Together, they revisit Junya’s hometown to reconnect with his childhood and find closure to the broken promise.
- In the horror film, Ibu (Mother) by Papahan Films, a widow is left to fend for herself after losing her husband to a catastrophic accident. She attempts to start afresh with her step-daughter, who lost her leg in the same accident. She finds herself constantly being harshly rejected whenever she tries to rekindle her ties with the step-daughter, who is in her own downward spiral. But when a series of sinister events threatens their already fragile relationship, they realise they need each other now more than ever.
- The last subway ride home from the city becomes a deadly journey in Circle Line, as a single mother and her son find themselves trapped underground, the last survivors of an attack by a mysterious creature. This horror action film, Singapore’s first creature feature, is produced by Taipan Films.
2. Intriguing Stories Across Genres | Diverse variety of television content from Singapore, spanning drama, to thrillers, to animation and more
(From left to right: The Little Nyonya – New Edition, Salam Ramadan Sabah and Insectibles)
- The Little Nyonya – New Edition, produced by G.H.Y Culture & Media (Singapore) is a remake of the 2008 hit Singapore TV series of the same name. The Chinese-language drama depicts the trials and tribulations of Chinese immigrants in Southeast Asia who have to make a new home after marrying the natives of their new land.
- The Backward Race by Sitting In Pictures is a children’s TV game show with a fresh concept that incorporates the TV medium with Augmented Reality (AR). In each episode of this fast-paced reality programme, two teams compete against each other in physical fitness and their knowledge of Singapore’s best-loved heritage sites. This game is also available to play on mobile devices.
- In Weird Food Diaries, avid foodie-cum-traveller Rozz Lee hunts for the most bizarre eats in Asia, from slimy swamp worms to live ‘delicacies’. Whether it is exotic street food or haute cuisine in Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines, Rozz is game to try them all! Weird Food Diaries is produced by The Moving Visuals Co and distributed by Ying Group.
- The Distance Between finds Amos, a spoilt rich kid forced to move into a caravan with no financial aid. His mother tasks him to obtain 12 items from different locations across Australia before he will get the money he badly needs. While on his quest, Amos meets CoCo and Warren, and the odd trio form an unusual relationship. The Distance Between is produced by Mediacorp.
3. Information on participating companies at the Singapore Pavilion can be found in Annex A.
4. International trade partners can meet and network with the Singapore delegation during Singapore Hour, taking place on 18 March 2019, Monday, 4pm – 5pm at the Singapore Pavilion (Booth 1B-C18, Hall 1B), Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Singapore Media Festival (SMF) 2019
5. Hosted by the IMDA, the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) is one of Asia’s leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talent and content in the region for Film, TV and digital media.
6. In 2019, the SMF will continue to be Singapore’s leading platform to showcase our most promising talents and companies to the world. Last December, the Festival attracted over 23,000 media professionals and industry thought-leaders, and facilitated more than US$313 million worth of deals. The festival is looking to expand its offerings to seize the opportunities created by the growing convergence of the tech and media industries, and strengthen Singapore's thought leadership in the region. More details will be announced at a later date.
7. Information on the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) can be found in Annex B.
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About Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation with infocomm media. To do this, IMDA will develop a dynamic digital economy and a cohesive digital society, driven by an exceptional infocomm media (ICM) ecosystem – by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICM infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment, and enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. For more news and information, visit www.imda.gov.sg or follow IMDA on Facebook IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.
About the Singapore Media Festival (SMF)
The Singapore Media Festival, hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority, is set to become one of Asia’s leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talents and content in Asia for Film, TV and digital media. Taking place from 21 November to 8 December 2019, the Singapore Media Festival brings together the newly-minted Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA) and established media events such as the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore and SMF Ignite. For more information about the Singapore Media Festival, please visit www.sgmediafestival.com.
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