December 12, 2016
By Thanussha Priyah
Singapore – ScreenSingapore, together with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshop (TTB), announced Terbalik (Malaysia) and Mamafia (Vietnam) as the top projects of the second Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market.
For Terbalik, Bea Tanaka and Yasu Tanaka (Malaysia) from 42nd Pictures walked away with the Aurora Producing Award, while Trinh Le Minh Hang (Vietnam) from Skyline Media received the Imaginex Studios Audio Post Production Award for Mamafia.
From an initial list of more than 100 submissions representing various Southeast Asian nations, a panel of international film industry experts shortlisted 15 finalists from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam, representing genres such as animation, drama, fantasy, thriller and romantic comedy. Each was matched with content financiers, distributors and co-producers, to kick-start these projects and bring them to fruition. This year, the initiative also featured a Malaysia Spotlight that focused on five projects from the country.