Leading the Way: This Year’s Lineup of Events

This year’s edition of the Singapore Media Festival takes on a different slant with its hybrid format, combining on-ground events and ceremonies with screenings, panels and discussions done virtually. With the theme “Asian Storytelling, Reimagined”, it aims to show how Asia will emerge stronger from this current situation, with digital and innovation at its forefront.

Check out this year’s offering of films from the region at SGIFF or catch the glitz and glamour as we celebrate the best talents at the Asian Academy Creative Awards. ATF ONLINE+ is this year’s iteration of the Asia TV Forum & Market, while the Asian leg of VidCon Now gets you in touch with global content creators. This year’s lineup includes two new partner events from the world of gaming: SuperGamerFest and gamescom asia


Singapore International Film Festival, 26 Nov–6 Dec

The 31st edition of the SGIFF will feature over 70 films from 49 countries, covering themes of identity, community and existence. Of course, the safety guidelines means that many of us will be enjoying the films from the comfort of our couch, although if your fingers are fast enough, you might snag a seat in the cinema! 

The talks and panel discussions will be presented online this year, and free to the public. Catch stalwarts of Asian cinema such as acclaimed Hong Kong director Ann Hui as she shares her inspirational approach to life, or Japanese producer Shozo Ichiyama as he looks back on a distinguished 30-year career.


Singapore Games Market Bootcamp, 30 Nov

Did you know that Singapore is becoming increasingly attractive for global gaming companies? We’ve got the biggest players in the industry setting up their regional bases here, and studios like Ubisoft, Riot Games and Tencent are tapping into our vibrant and growing market. In this one-day event, you’ll gain new insights into the industry’s business ecosystem, gamedev and esports scenes, as well as find out what makes Singapore a hub for the region.


Asia TV Forum & Market, 1–4 Dec


Join us at ATF ONLINE+, the virtual edition of the Asia TV Forum & Market. You’ll get to hear from industry heavyweights and thought-leaders like Priya Dogra, President of WarnerMedia and Joe Penn, EVP of BBC Studios APAC. This virtual marketplace will allow you to make new connections and business leads, attend meetings and conferences, and gain new insights over these four days. 


VidCon Now Asia, 3 Dec

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The Asian edition of the world’s largest gathering of online content creators goes virtual, with sessions featuring top creators like Patrick Starrr, Mr Kate and Wengie. There will also be speakers from your favourite content platforms, including TikTok and iQiyi. And don’t miss a special live appearance by kuki.bot, the world’s first synthetic AI transhuman!


Asian Academy Creative Awards, 3–4 Dec

The crème de la crème from the region will be honoured over two evenings at the Asian Academy Creative Awards Theatre. Book your virtual front row seats to the AAA now and tune in to a star-studded award ceremony. Or hear from the region’s top creatives during the two-day National Winners Conference, as they share their insights into producing the best work in the region. As part of the awards ceremony, you can even catch the celebrities on the virtual red carpet, and vote for whoever you think looks the most glammed up.


SuperGamerFest, 5–6 Dec and 11–13 Dec

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Presenting the inaugural edition of Southeast Asia’a first virtual gaming and esports festival and awards show. Over an action packed two days, you’ll see the biggest names and biggest games in the industry. You’ll be among the first to catch first-to-market industry announcements, and play witness to exhilarating esports action. The first-ever SuperGamerFest Awards is also taking place, where we celebrate the best gaming creators and esports talent in the region. If you’re in the industry, you can’t miss out on this one.


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