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.


The launch of ATF/SS 2014 was officiated by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and the Second Minister for Communications and Information, Mr Lawrence Wong (second right), MDA CEO Mr Gabriel Lim (second left), Regional President (Asia Pacific), Reed Exhibitions Mr Paul Beh (left) and Managing Director of Reed Exhibition Ms Michelle Lim (right).


China film industry tycoon Yu Dong (second left), Founder and Chairman of Tembusu Partners Mr Andy Lim (second right) and media entrepreneur, Calvin Cheng (centre), jointly launched US$100M Media Fund – First of Its Kind in Singapore – in the presence of Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and the Second Minister for Communications and Information (right) and MDA CEO Mr Gabriel Lim (left).


9 Dec 2014


The Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore opened with an insightful look into the entertainment industry as CEO of Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, James Wang, delivered his keynote address to the morning’s audience. Mr Wang shared his 20-year journey and professional insights into current and future trends.

"Online entertainment revenue is set to explode in 2015. We should embrace this new internet world, through movies and TV dramas." - James Wang.


Look back at some of Asia TV Forum’s MIPACADEMY conference line-up.


Gautam Anand
Director, Head of YouTube Partnerships & Operations, Asia Pacific, Google/YouTube, Singapore

Gautam Anand shared his insights and perspectives into what makes good digital programming as well as the future of the media space.


Andrew & David Fung
Online Content Producers, FungBrosComedy, USA

With over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 45 million video views, Andrew and David of The Fung Bros. were great examples of success in the digital world. Learn how they deliver content that will attract strong following in today’s fast growing digital media.


Park Joon Hwa
Producer/Director, tvN CJ E&M, South Korea

Park Joon Hwa, producer & director of “Let’s Eat”, one of Korea’s top-rated drama and “Mean Lady”, Korea’s longest-running drama series shared his formula in creating a successful Korean TV drama.


Kim Tae-ho
Producer, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), South Korea

What does it take to produce a legendary format? Kim Tae-ho, creator and producer of MBC’s massively popular reality-variety show Infinite Challenge shared tips and more at the Mipacademy.


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


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.


4 Dec 2014


Two great films in one glamorous evening. The Singapore International Film Festival Gala Opening was a star-studded event. The red carpet saw new and familiar faces beginning with the cast of opening film, Unlucky Plaza (Singapore) and its film director, Ken Kwek. Also gracing the red carpet were the people behind Day One’s Special Presentation film, The Crossing (China): award-winning director, John Woo, with casts Tong Dawei and Zhang Ziyi.

The red carpet event was followed by the screening of the two films; which saw great responses from the night’s attendees. If you have missed the red carpet event at the Singapore Media Festival and SGIFF opening last year, catch a video glimpse of the night’s best moments here!.


Over 147 top-notch international titles were screened across Singapore last December!


Opening Film (4 Dec 2014)
Having made its world premiere at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival, UNLUCKY PLAZA by Ken Kwek was the first Singapore film to open for SGIFF. This story featured how one man's financial woes spirals into a harrowing crisis that captivated the world.

Casts: Epy Quizon, Adrian Pang and Judee Tan
*Filmmaker in attendance


Special Presentation (4 Dec 2014)
Industry veteran John Woo’s The Crossing, joined the year’s gala showcase of highly anticipated new films by leading filmmakers. This special presentation featured a star-studded cast in a war epic that traces events leading up to the 1949 Chinese Revolution and a famous doomed voyage.

Casts: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Ziyi and Huang Xiaoming
*Filmmaker in attendance


Closing Film (14 Dec 2014)
Lucky Kuswandi (Indonesia) brought us his second feature film after Madame X (2010). Selamat Pagi, Malam (In the Absence of the Sun) unfolded over one night, presenting a tender portrait of three women navigating their ways through the megacity of Jakarta. This humorous and poignant film enthralled with charismatic characters and an unflinching look at Jakarta itself. Weaving a love letter, Kuswandi left the viewer with bittersweet melancholy that can only come with heartfelt honesty.

Casts: Adinia Wirasti, Marissa Anita, Ina Panggabean
*Filmmaker in attendance


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."