Dated: 27 November 2003

Enter the dynamic, exciting world of the media, as the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and its partners bring you talks, movie making workshops and an anime and manga fair as part of this year's Asia Media Festival.


"From film festivals to animation camps, we have a buffet of events for everyone to participate. With such activities, we want to engage Singaporeans to take an active interest in this growing industry. Such events may even interest aspiring Singaporeans to consider careers in these fields, injecting creative juices and vibrancy to help grow Singapore into a global media hub," says Mr Lim Hock Chuan, Chief Executive Officer of the MDA.

animeXtionTM - Anime and Manga Come Alive! a symposium and mini-fair organised by the MDA will be one of the highlights. The event is to increase public awareness and appreciation of these art forms and visual effects. Hence, animeXtion is opened to the public with no admission charges. (Annex A provides a full listing of the public events taking place.) Held on Friday, 5 December 2003, at Rooms 325/326, Level 3, Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre, this symposium will feature Mr Masami Esaka, graphic artist from ComixWave Inc, and representatives from Toei Animation and Shogakukan Inc which are behind productions such as Digimon Adventure, Dragon Ball and Pokemon. Local organisations and clubs will also be showcasing their anime and manga paraphernalia at a mini-fair held on the same evening. (The symposium will be in English and Japanese with interpretation.)

Movie-lovers can experience a whole new world of movie-making magic at Hive Film Fest - The Digital Show organised by Media Hive. This festival includes screening of works filmed entirely in digital format, seminars for those interested in this form of filmmaking and even a competition for aspiring filmmakers.

"The theme for this year's film fest is 'the digital showcase'. We want to expand filmmakers' horizons by promoting filmmaking in the new digital format, hence encouraging filmmakers to persevere in their dreams to produce movies and yet not be daunted by financial concerns," comments Mr Tony Chow, Managing Director of Media Hive Pte Ltd.

Families, too, can get involved in this media world when they join in the Singapore Science Centre (SSC)'s DVD Movie Making Workshop. This "create-while-you-learn" workshop will allow you to produce a short movie of your family's visit to the SSC while learning the basics of camera handling, editing and special effects skills at the same time.

Children can also put their vacation time to good use at the SSC's Animation Camp. Held in December, children from 9 to 12 years old can learn to produce their own animated clip at this camp.

Adds Mr Lim, "We have exhilarating activities lined-up for everyone. So join us in this feast as we bring you a step closer to the media at this year's Asia Media Festival 2003!"

About The Media Development Authority of Singapore

The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) was formed on 1 January 2003 to develop Singapore into a vibrant global media city, in effect fostering a creative economy and a connected society. The agency's Media 21 strategy aims to create a vibrant environment for the industry to flourish and the public to enjoy, via five key thrusts: to establish Singapore as a Media Exchange;to export 'Made-by-Singapore' content;to internationalise local media companies;to nurture local media talents;and to develop digital media.

About Media Hive Pte Ltd - The Mind Below the Show

The Media Hive Pte Ltd is a privately owned institution catering solely to Media education and training. Media Hive's vision is to build a community of media professionals and enthusiasts, where there is a free exchange of ideas, resources and expertise.

Media Hive's missions are to provide valuable training for media professionals and practitioners;provide a physical and virtual platform for the sharing of ideas and experiences;to provide learning opportunities through mentorship and to provide media skills to a new generation.

Media Hive is an initiative by two industry professionals - award-winning filmmaker, Jonathan Foo, and industry veteran, Tony Chow;both of which can impart invaluable knowledge and experience on the local film industry.

Annex A


Calendar of Events

animeXtion - Anime and Manga Come Alive!

Get into animeXtion as manga and anime experts bring you into their world of fantasy. AnimeXtion features -

  • Mr Masami Esaka, graphic artist from ComixWave Inc.

  • Mr Masakazu Kubo from Shougakukan Inc who has been an active promoter of "Pokemon", "Miniyonku" and "Bikkuriman".

  • Mr Hidenori Oyama of Toei Animation, the company behind productions such as Digimon Adventure, Dragon Ball, Transformers and Sailor Moon.

Look out for displays of character figurines, and the latest anime and manga comics at this symposium.

Please note - This symposium is not suitable for children below 10 years old.


  • Date : Friday, 5 December 2003

  • Time : 7.30pm to 9.30pm

  • Venue : Rooms 325/326, Level 3, Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre

  • Admission by registration only. To register, please contact 6372 2795 or e-mail

Exclusive for all participants! The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is giving participants complimentary admission to the museum from 6 to 12 December 2003. SAM is located at 71 Bras Basah Road (former SJI building), and is opened seven days a week, from 10am to 7pm. Getting there: 10-minute walk from City Hall MRT station.

"animeXtion - Anime and Manga Comes Alive!" is organised by the Media Development Authority and is supported by the Singapore Art Museum.

"Hive Film Fest - The Digital Show"

Journey into the world of digital features and short films as Media Hive presents the "Hive Film Fest - The Digital Show". Choose to watch films from three categories - "World", "Asia" and "Singapore". They will be filmed at venues such as The Singapore History Museum, Toa Payoh Central Community Club, Riverside Point Fountain, and the University Cultural Centre Courtyard and Center for the Arts, National University of Singapore.

Aspiring filmmakers, take note! Get talent-spotted at the Singapore Digital Short Film Competition. You also stand to win $10,000 cash and Canon Digital Cameras when you submit your film for the Singapore Digital Short Film Competition.

Also, make a date with Media Hive for a series of master-classes about making digital films.


  • Dates : 28 November to 3 December 2003

  • Contact Media Hive at:
    Hotline: 6223 4420

The "Hive Film Festival - The Digital Show" is organised by Media Hive and is supported by Canon and the Singapore Film Commission.

DVD Movie Making Workshop

Become a filmmaker at the Singapore Science Centre. Learn the basics of camera handling, editing and special effects skills in the three-hour workshop. Put these skills to good use by creating a film of your family's visit to the Singapore Science Centre and take this DVD movie home with you!

All you need to participate in this workshop is to form a group of four (two adults and two children) and you're on your way to becoming a budding filmmaker


  • Dates : November 2003 - 15, 16, 18, 20,22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
    ..............December 2003 - 6, 7, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28

  • Times : 10am to 1pm, and 3pm to 6 pm

  • Venue : Infocomm Lab in Infocomm Xperience Exhibition
    ............... @ Singapore Science Centre

  • Course fee : Public - $25 per group;
    .................... .. Science Centre Friends members - $20 per group
    (Groups who bring their own DV cameras will be given a discount of $5)

  • For reservation and bookings, contact:
    Friends Hotline: 6425 2580
    E-mail :
    Website :

The Animation Camp

Calling all Primary 3 to 6 students! Learn how animation movies like Chicken Run are made at the Animation Camp organised by the Singapore Science Centre. Work with the pros to create your own animated clip and bring it back as a souvenir!


  • Dates : 1 to 3 December 2003
    ..............11 to 12 December 2003

  • Venue : Singapore Science Centre​

  • Fee : Public: $375;Science Centre Friends: $350
    (amount is inclusive of training, materials, accommodation and meals)

  • For registration and more information, do contact 6425 2580 or visit

The DVD Movie Making Workshops and Animation Camps are organised by the Singapore Science Centre and supported by the Media Development Authority

Last updated on: 13 Mar 2023