MARKET OPENS AT ASIA TV FORUM & MARKET AND SCREENSINGAPORE
10 Dec 2014
The market at the 2014 Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore opened on the morning of 10 Dec at Marina Bay Sands. Over 5,000 attendees from 60 countries attended the event. The exciting 3-day conference and market kicked off with an early announcement of the launch of the first Singapore-China media fund. The Singapore-based US$100m private equity media fund targeted at China’s media and entertainment industry was launched by its three main partners – Mr. Yu Dong, Founder and Chairman of NASDAQ-listed Bona Film Group Limited (Bona Film), Singapore PE fund Tembusu Partners and local media entrepreneur, Calvin Cheng
Attendees witnessed a robust quality film and TV content, talent and opportunities for cross collaborations and business networking. They discovered new Singapore content at the market, including part psychological thriller part societal treatise Ms J Contemplates Her Choice, winner of "Best International Web Series" at Atlanta WebFest 2014 Perfect Girl, and the latest season of comedy adventure George of the Jungle and also enjoyed exclusive previews to local musical drama Sinaran, factual entertainment Route Awakening, and more at the Sneak Peeks session, held at the Singapore Pavilion on 10 Dec.
ASIA TV FORUM & MARKET AND SCREENSINGAPORE OPENING KEYNOTE
9 Dec 2014
MIPACADEMY CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Look back at some of Asia TV Forum’s MIPACADEMY conference line-up.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: CHIANG KHAN STORY
10 Dec 2014, 7.15pm, Marina Bay Sands
Film enthusiasts and trade participants enjoyed the highly-anticipated second Special Presentation film on 10 Dec. It marked a homecoming of sorts for genre-crossing Thai director Yuthlert Sippapak, who like his characters, comes from the town of Loie (of which Chiang Khan is a district). Sippapak’s film takes you down a nostalgic route where his protagonist, Tookkae, is a film lover whose passion takes him into show business while pursuing the girl of his dreams. The disco-era romantic comedy paid homage to a bygone era of classic Thai cinema, including tributes such as one for 1970s Thai director and poster artist Somboonsuk Niyomsiri aka Piak Poster.
Casts: Kao Jirayu La-ongmanee, Chontida Asavahame
CINEMA ON A GREAT STREET AT THE PEDESTRIAN NIGHT
6 Dec 2014, 7pm – 10pm
Saturday night on Orchard Road was abuzz with activities as Singapore Media Festival brought local short films, TV programmes and animation out on a large outdoor screen at the Pedestrian Night on Orchard Road (between Scotts Road and Bideford Road).
It was a different experience every 15 minutes, as pedestrians were treated to Royston Tan’s award-winning short film D.I.Y, Wee Li Lin’s All My Presents, animated series Dinosaur Train and Oddbods, and more on a large outdoor cinema. There was even a ZooMoo App Station where people could discover ZooMoo’s educational content on a fully synchronised second screen application, allowing viewers to collect animals they encounter on the TV screen and bring them to life on their tablets or smart phones. Young or old, there was something for everyone that night.
Check out the photos from the great night here.
6 Dec & 7 Dec 2014
It was a jam-packed weekend of screenings at the Singapore International Film Festival. This included local director Ric Aw’s first feature film, Standing in Still Water. Ric lays bare the complex minutiae of marriages and families, aided by excellent performances from the cast, in particular, Singapore television veteran Teo Boon Seong with his heart rending role as a grieving father.
A product of MDA’s New Talent Feature Grant,Standing in Still Water screened on 7 Dec at the National Museum.
SGIFF GALA OPENING AT SHAW LIDO
4 Dec 2014
SGIFF SELECTION HIGHLIGHTS
Over 147 top-notch international titles were screened across Singapore last December!
SINGAPORE MEDIA FESTIVAL MEDIA BRIEFING
27 Nov 2014
At the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) media briefing, we managed to catch up with MDA’s Assistant CEO (Industry) Angeline Poh who shared what SMF is all about. Here’s a snippet of that catch-up session:
“The Singapore Media Festival brings together four well-established events over ten days, spanning the film and television value chain, from production to distribution. One of the key aims of creating the Singapore Media Festival is to encourage more cross-over collaborations between film and television.
This is a great time to launch the Singapore Media Festival, extending the city as a platform for other Asian and international media professionals to forge partnerships, exchange ideas, trade content and celebrate creativity and talent.”
Also gracing the event was the SMF Advisory Board Chairman and Managing Director of Walt Disney Company (SEA), Robert Gilby. Speaking on the aim of the festival, he said:
“The Singapore Media Festival aims to bring together the leaders of creativity, content and commerce in the Asian film & TV industry, and provide a platform for industry collaboration, inspiration and investment in the regional talents that drives great storytelling. The growing synergies between TV and Film, as evident by the frequent cross-over of talent and content between the silver screen and small screen serves as another compelling reason for the need of an event like SMF."