SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING FILM X RED CARPET

26 Nov 2015

The Singapore Media Festival kicked off on Thursday, 26 November with the gala screening of Singapore International Film Festival – SGIFF’s Opening Film - Panay. It was a star studded evening at the Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.

Panay – Set against the idyllic rolling rice fields and the sapphire Pacific Ocean, Panay follows the ebb and flow of an indigenous community’s struggles, and in a wider sense, a reality that many of us face today with urban development and the gentrification of tradition. Besides being nominated for 3 awards at the recent Golden Horse, Panay won the Audience Choice Award at the Taipei Film Festival 2015. Directors Cheng Yu-chieh and Lekal Sumi and cast of Panay attended the Red Carpet with the cast. Other film talent and celebrities who were there at the opening film red carpet event included the original cast of Bugis Street Redux by Yonfan, Sonia Sui and Yeo Yann Yann from Taiwanese film The Laundryman as well as filmmakers Xi Jie (Singapore Minstel), local director Sanif Olek, and more.

This is also the first time that the Red Carpet event was broadcasted LIVE on the SMF website.

If you have missed the red carpet event at the SGIFF opening, catch the video of the night’s best moments here.

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Composer Suming and lead actress Ado Kaliting Pacidal from Panay.

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(Left to Right): Marina Bay Sands CEO George Tanasijevich, SGIFF Executive Director Yuni Hadi, National Arts Council Chairman and Guest-of-Honour Professor Chan Heng Chee and SGIFF Chairman Mike Wiluan at SGIFF opening film gala screening.

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The directors and cast of Panay on stage right before the international premiere.


OPENING OF THE 2015 ASIA TV FORUM & MARKET AND SCREENSINGAPORE

2 Dec 2015

The 2015 Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore was officially opened by Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Ms Debbie Evans, President of Reed Exhibitions Southeast Asia and Australia, Mr Robert Gilby, Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company and Chairman of the SMF Advisory Board, and Mr Gabriel Lim, CEO of Media Development Authority of Singapore.

The Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore features over 4,800 international and Asian content buyers and sellers across four days to buy, sell, co-produce and distribute.

Other than the market, participants could also learn more from leading experts such as D.J Lee from CJ E&M and Steve Macallister from All3Media International as they shared on digital content trends, business models, opportunities and innovative technology at the conferences.

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[Left to Right] Mr Robert Gilby, Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company and Chairman of SMF Advisory Board, Ms Debbie Evans, President of Southeast Asia & Australia, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, and Mr Gabriel Lim, CEO of Media Development Authority.

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A busy registration at the Asia’s must-attend market for fresh content.

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Industry players in discussion at the Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore 2015.

Check out more photos here.

SYMBOLIC LAUNCH OF THE CREATORS’ SPACE TO MARK KEY BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS

2 Dec 2015

Shortly after officiating the Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information arrived at the Singapore Pavilion along with Dr Janil Puthucheary Minister of State (Designate) for Communications and Information and Education, and Mr Gabriel Lim, CEO of the Media Development Authority, together with partners from Adobe, Autodesk, Brand New Media, Cloudstringers, Dailymotion, Maker Studios and Victorious to launch Creators’ Space in a symbolic ceremony.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim highlighted at the opening that Creators’ Space will offer programmes and resources for online content creation capability and digital services, technology and platforms. Creators’ Space will be launched in the 2nd half of 2016, and will be located at PIXEL, a building jointly developed by MDA and JTC in One-North.

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DIGITAL MATTERS PUT DIGITAL CREATIVITY IN THE SPOTLIGHT WHILST VISITING YOUTUBE STARS HAVE SINGAPORE TEENS ON STAKE-OUT

Singapore Media Festival welcomed a new event on board in 2015. Digital Matters brought together creative online content makers and the digital entertainment industry for two and a half days of collaboration and innovation. The event comprised of conference programmes and creative “how to” workshops for fans, the entertainment community and businesses. Over 400 delegates attended the conferences held in Suntec Convention Centre from 3 to 4 December 2015, and more than 150 companies from 15 countries were represented. Digital Matters also had a speaker faculty of 36 industry experts sharing their insights on content creation, social amplification and monetization.

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CEO, GroupM Content, Mr Josh Black, Head of Business Development, Beach House Pictures, Mr Jim Ribbans, Digital Content and Collaboration Expert, Mr Stuart LaBrooy and Managing Director/Vice President, SapientNitro, Mr Kim Douglas formed the first panel. They discussed the key steps brands need to take to venture into content creation.

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The second panel consists of Director, Head of Partnerships & Operations, YouTube, Mr Guatam Anand, Managing Director, Brand New Media, Mr Nick Fawbert, CEO, VS Media, Ms Ivy Wong, General Manager, Asia Pacific, Rightstar, Mr Richard North and VP Client Development, Xaxis, Mr Henry Stokes who shared their thoughts about the growth of Multi-Channel Network.

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Video platforms
  • Broadcasters
  • Digital distributors
  • Existing, successful content creators
  • New, aspiring creators
  • Global and regional MNCs
  • Brand marketers
  • Creative and media agencies
  • Creative solutions (software)
  • Tech solutions
  • Media owners and filmmakers
  • Fans

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Multi-streamed creative content workshops: Developing a winning video strategy
  • An Insider’s Guide by global social influencers and content creators, brands and agencies
  • Pimp my tech: Technological innovations that you need to know about
  • Meet and Greet with your favourite social influencers

CONFERENCE
3 & 4 Dec 2015

Part 1 | Going Behind the Streams

  • Understanding the digital native
  • Where is the MCN sector heading?
  • Online integration of brands, influencers and authentic content
  • What platforms are out there?

Part 2 | Up Your Content Game 

  • Show me the love: How do you build a content strategy that keeps fans coming back?
  • What content do people want to watch
  • Future of eSports: Current trends for the world’s hottest sport

Speakers include: 

  • Alfie Deyes, Creator, Pointlessblog
  • Marcus Butler, Creator, Marcus Butler TV
  • Bing Chen, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Victorious
  • Luke Hyams, Head of International Content, Maker Studios
  • Tony Zameczkowski, Vice President & Managing Director, International, Victorious
  • Josh Black, CEO, GroupM Content
  • Nick Fawbert, Managing Director, AsiaBrand New Media

DIGITAL MATTERS – IT’S SUPERFAN FRIDAY
4 Dec 2015

Hundreds of teenage fans turned up at the SuperFan Friday to meet with their favourite social stars Pointless Blog Alfie Deyes and Marcus Butler for the first time ever! There was lots of cheering and screaming at the SuperFan Friday as part of Singapore Media Festival and Digital Matters. Popular YouTubers Alfie Deyes and Marcus Butler shared some tips and advice about making it in the "YouTubing" industry with their fans. The “Malfie” duo then had a special meet-n-greet session with the fans!

Here are some photos taken at the event.

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Click here to see more photos.

Check out the hype of SuperFan Friday and our interviews with the “Malfie” duo here.


DIGITAL MATTERS UNIVERSITY
5 Dec 2015

On Day 3, 300 budding creators turned up at the Asian Civilisation Museum to take part in the inaugural Digital Matters University, an interactive half-day workshop designed to educate budding content creators in the art of producing and marketing quality online videos. The programme included topics ranging from storytelling to planning a career as a content creator and the aspiring creators were presented with a live brief to create a video for Johnson & Johnson or Benefit Cosmetics. The finale to the University included with an interview with YouTubers Alfie Deyes and Marcus Butler on the secrets of their success. Fans were also given an opportunity to sign-up for a Maker “Hang Out” with YouTube creators Edho Zell from Indonesia, JinnyBoyTV from Malaysia, Leenda D. from Canada and Wahbanana from Singapore.

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    Queues of Malfie fans started forming long before Digital Matters University started.

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    Host, Dominic Lau, chatted with Claire Collins Maysh, Manager of Alfie and Marcus, about her role as a manager in this industry. 

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    Mr Luke Hyams, Head of International Content, Maker Studios, sharing some tips on creating good content.