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Published on: 23 November 2016
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Dedicated channel for Singapore short films on Viddsee to feature up to 30 local works by upcoming and established filmmakers
Singapore - 23 November 2016: Home-grown online entertainment channel Viddsee launched a new Singapore Film Channel with the support of the Singapore Film Commission (SFC), part of the Info-Communications Media Development Authority (IMDA). This was announced at the opening of the Singapore Media Festival. The channel, which goes live today, is dedicated to showcasing diverse and unique stories from home-grown filmmakers. The partnership is part of SFC’s efforts to cultivate greater awareness and appreciation for Singapore films.
Up to 30 short films will be curated for the channel, which will feature works by up and coming student filmmakers such as Tariq Mansor, Lauren Teo and other notable independent filmmakers from Singapore such as Kirsten Tan and Leon Cheo. The works selected for the channel offers a wide variety of genres from documentary ("Longest Distance Relationship" by Lee Sin Yee), comedy-drama ("The Lying Theory" by Lauren Teo, and “Move Out Notice” by Leon Cheo), to animation ("The Violin" by Ervin Han, and “Ways of Seeing” by Jerrold Chong).
As part of the partnership with SFC, Viddsee will also be commissioning their first original short film by a Singapore filmmaker, to produce a heartfelt Singapore-inspired story for a local and regional audience. The film will be released in the first half of next year.
Co-founded by the engineering and filmmaking duo Derek Tan and Ho Jia Jian, Viddsee- which has attracted over 500 million users globally- utilises data and insights to grow its viewership and to optimise content discovery. With its access to audience and proprietary marketing insights, Viddsee will leverage data and audience engagement analytics, as well as online marketing tools and strategies to drive viewership to Singapore films on the channel and extend their reach to a new audience.
Viddsee will also spotlight selected feature filmmakers such as award-winning local filmmaker K. Rajagopal, to further the exposure and awareness of their works. This includes customised marketing campaigns on Viddsee’s platforms, which will showcase the filmmaker’s past works and trailers of upcoming feature films.
“We want to harness the opportunities and new avenues in the digital sphere to bring Singapore stories to a wider audience,” says Mr Joachim Ng, Director of the Singapore Film Commission. “We have many talented filmmakers with compelling stories from Singapore, and we want to give these voices a platform to take our stories further in this digital age. We are proud to work with a leading online platform in Asia like Viddsee to put the spotlight on our home-grown talent and stories.”
“We are excited to have SFC’s support, as it is a catalyst and facilitator in the development of the Singapore film industry. Together with the IMDA’s efforts to connect content creators with technology, we hope to also nurture the next generation of digital content creators on our platform,” says Viddsee’s co-founder Derek Tan.
The Singapore Film Channel is now live on www.viddsee.com/singapore-film-channel.
Annex A: Fact Sheet - Singapore Film Channel (837.07KB)
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About the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) will develop a vibrant, world-class infocomm media sector that drives the economy, connects people, bonds -communities and powers Singapore's Smart Nation vision. IMDA does this by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore's ICT and media infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment. IMDA also 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 Singapore Film Commission (SFC)
The SFC is a division under the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and is made up of an advisory committee comprising 15 members from the film, arts and cultural community. The SFC is supported by a Secretariat within the IMDA.
The SFC has, since 1998, supported more than 600 short films, scripts, feature films, as well as film-related events in Singapore that showcase homegrown talent and works. Some notable films by Singapore filmmakers include Apprentice (Boo Junfeng), A Yellow Bird (K. Rajagopal), Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen), the Ah Boys to Men series (Jack Neo), and 881 (Royston Tan).
Founded in 2013, Viddsee is an online entertainment and technology platform that drives distribution and marketing of short movies. Over 500 million users have discovered unique stories through Viddsee’s mobile applications and platforms with its proprietary marketing insight of targeted communities and content. With the vision of building an ecosystem for creators and audience, Viddsee empowers storytellers to tell their very own local stories that resonate with a global audience. Visit www.viddsee.com to find out more.
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