Singapore – Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information has announced plans to co-locate the Asian Television Forum and ScreenSingapore with the Singapore International Film Festival and Asian Television Awards to form a large-scale event at the end of 2014.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information giving his speech at the ATF and ScreenSingapore Opening Ceremony.
This week-long event, facilitated by the Media Development Authority is aimed at providing more benefits to regional and international trade participants, he said during his speech at the Opening Ceremony of ATF and ScreenSingapore.
He also noted that the clustering of the four film and television events will create one single event to strengthen the TV market. “On top of the present format of a trade market, conferences, screenings and world premieres, we will introduce a new festival component, including film awards for trade professionals and public film screenings for Singaporeans,” he said.
Contineo Media’s Asian Television Awards, which will be telecast on MediaCorp and Fox International Channels’ StarWorld and Channel [V] this year, would put spotlight on Asia’s best TV programmes and talent, complementing the market and conferences held by the ATF.
Joining the line-up, the 25th Singapore International Film Festival will return after a 2-year hiatus, under the wing of Festival Director Yuni Hadi, an award-winning producer, curator and arts manager, to bring back the Silver Screen Awards, as well as to hold public screenings of 50 to 80 Southeast Asian films.
“The combination of ScreenSingapore and SGIFF will give Asian filmmakers a chance to be recognised through the Silver Screen Awards,” commented Dr Yaacob.
This year, the ATF and ScreenSingapore are joined by the ASEAN Film Festival. The festival is organised by the MDA’s Singapore Film Commission, aimed to create awareness and appreciation of ASEAN film and cultures.
Trade participants and the public are able to enjoy free screenings and talks by filmmakers.