The fifth edition of the Singapore Media Festival returns from 29 November to 9 December 2018 this year, with the Philippines chosen as the Country-of-Focus.

The SMF introduced its first Country-of-Focus in 2017 - Indonesia, as a way to showcase the quality and variety of creativity originating from that country, and to explore more collaborations between Indonesia, Singapore and the region. This year, the Philippines has been chosen as the Country-of-Focus, highlighting the country’s rich stories, talents and achievements across the SMF’s various constituent events.

100 years of Philippine Cinema
(Above)Image from Sandaan: Philippines Cinema Centennial Conference Facebook Page

SMF is excited to join the Philippines in the celebration of its special milestone as 2018 marks 100 years of Philippine Cinema.

In response to the selection of the Philippines, Liza Dino, Chairperson and CEO, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) shared in an SMF release sent to GNP, “We believe that the next big thing for our Cinema is to go global and SMF is certainly a great platform where we may be able to connect more of our Filipino filmmakers with partners and supporters in the further development of quality stories and content that we can share with the world.”