Singapore – The Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) seeks to develop new strategic and creative alliances across the region and signs a series of memorandums to solidify these relationships at the sidelines of Screen Singapore.

Launched at Screen Singapore in December last year, SAAVA, a non-profit organisation for media content producers, endeavors to advance creative developments, promote co-productions, nurture talents and stimulate business collaborations between its members in the region.

The first relationship that was inked into effect is a collaboration with the crowd-funding portal Pozible. An Australia based platform, the portal specialises in raising financing for creative projects, and clients have enjoyed a high success rate through Pozible’s network and tailored efforts. Through this alliance, Pozible provides SAAVA members with additional privileges, including lower fees and special marketing efforts.

Singapore based producer and co-founder of SAAVA, Justin Deimen of Advent Media Group was the man who brought together this partnership with Pozible. “Finding the money to make a film is one of the hardest things for a producer. But production costs are quite low in our region, and the amounts that can be raised from crowd funding can become quite significant in comparison to the budget. This partnership with Pozible opens up a new option for our members to access funding. There are so many amazing stories in Southeast Asia that needs to be told, and we hope this collaboration with Pozible encourages the creation of many new films”.

The second memorandum to be signed was the formation of an alliance with the Motion Picture Association of Cambodia (MPAC), an association that represents producers, directors, talents, distributors and exhibitors in the kingdom. The relationship opens up the opportunity for all MPAC members to become SAAVA members. The two associations have also designed plans for joint workshops, foster more co-productions between the countries, and for SAAVA to assist in the setting up of a film institute in Phnom Penh.