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Image Credit : Not A Time to Celebrate by Anucha Boonyawatana. Courtesy of 30th SGIFF

The sixth edition of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) 2019 returns with an expanded line-up and a strong spotlight on propelling the voices of Asian talent.

This year’s festival will see wider offerings for both industry players and the public alike – across film, television, comics and popular culture, digital video content, VR and AR technology, and more – with new avenues for emerging players and talent to be part of the region’s vibrant ecosystem.

Over 50,000 thought-leaders, creative professionals, and members of the public from Asia and around the world are expected to be part of the festival this year, more than double the number since 2018.

The Singapore Media Festival will take place from 21 November to 8 December 2019, and consists of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS), Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA), and this year’s new addition, Singapore Comic Con (SGCC).

Highlights include :

  • In light of its 30th anniversary, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has commissioned three short films that will centre on the theme of celebration by Southeast Asian directors Yeo Siew Hua (Singapore), Mouly Surya (Indonesia) and Anucha Boonyawatana (Thailand). These films will make their world premiere at the festival’s opening night on Thursday 21 November

SGIFF’s line-up will include a Focus on Southeast Asian cinema, titled Stories We Tell: Myth, Dreamscape and Memory in Southeast Asian Cinema, encompassing four features that trace imaginative and dreamlike storytelling, a characteristic of films from the region.

Video Credit : Courtesy 30th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF)  

The line-up includes Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, seminal Singaporean omnibus, Lucky 7 (2008) directed by seven local filmmakers (Sun Koh, K Rajagopal, Boo Junfeng, Brian Gothong Tan, Chew Tze Chuan, Ho Tzu Nyen, and Tania Sng), A Short Film About the Indio Nacional (2015) by Filipino director, Raya Martin, and The Missing Picture (2013) by Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh.

This year’s Festival will also be complemented by an array of exciting programmes, allowing members of the public – from families, children, young adults, film buffs or pop culture enthusiasts, to be a part of the celebration of the diverse talent and content that Asia has to offer.

Highlights include :

Singapore Media Festival (SMF) 2019 will introduce a new Festival Village, held at Armenian Street, where members of the public can look forward to a slew of film screenings under the stars, including Japanese filmmaker Naoko Ogigami’s Rent-a-Cat (2012), other entertainment, workshops, talks and masterclasses, immersive VR showcases, over two action-packed weekends.

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7 October 2019
Grab your diaries and mark out the 21 November to 8 December as the Singapore Media Festival hits town. This year there is something for everyone. So whether you are a family, child, young adult, film buff or pop culture enthusiast the line-up of events is stunning. Organisers are upsizing the festival village at Armenian Street as outdoor film screenings under the stars take centre stage. Of course as food enthusiasts, Singaporeans will be heartened to know that there will be ample food and drinks too. If you are one to engage in activities, try out the workshops, talks, masterclasses, immersive VR showcases over these two packed weekends. On a bigger picture level it is exciting to know that story tellers in Singapore have started to win awards at shocking regularity. So the next step is to work together with partners to bring about “made with Singapore” rather than “made by Singapore”. The rising wave of Asian creativity is driving growth opportunities in the media sector to the extent that global players are looking to tap stories and market in this region. If you are someone who lives in this world come on down and meet some of Asia’s biggest names. Who knows? It might be your path to something big and you might just be the next big name in the market!
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7 October 2019
Exploring the future of online Video in Asia with the Singapore Media Festival 2019 On Tue 3 and Wed 4 December 2019, the world’s largest online video convention, VidCon, will bring its Asian debut to Singapore. The two-day VidCon Asia Summit will be an interactive digital media playground that explores the future of online video in Asia. This year's focus is the VidCon Industry Track, featuring the platforms, creators and brands leading innovation and creativity in the online video ecosystem. The line-up includes keynotes and panel discussions by experienced storytellers, social media stars, marketers, and technologists, as well as deep-dive workshops on audience engagement and building influence in the era of video. For more details of the Singapore Media Festival, visit www.sgmediafestival.com
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