The highly anticipated Singapore Media Festival (SMF) kicked off this evening with the Southeast Asian premiere of the 29th Singapore International Film Festival’s opening film, Cities of Last Things, at the iconic Capitol Theatre. The opening event’s red carpet was a star-studded affair led by the film’s Golden Horse Award-winning director, Ho Wi Ding, Golden Horse Awards winner for Best Supporting Actress, Ding Ning, and fellow cast members, Stone and Huang Lu.


From 28 November to 9 December, the fifth instalment of the Singapore Media Festival will bring together leaders and talents from the global film, television and digital media industries to celebrate the best of Asian storytelling and provide a valuable platform for Asian talent from the region to network and collaborate.


Following the introduction of the Country-of-Focus programme last year, the Festival continues its efforts to highlight one country’s rich stories, talents and achievements. This year, the Philippines has been selected as Country-of-Focus.


Celebrating the centennial of Philippine cinema, SGIFF presents a robust selection of films from the country over the next 11 days. Well-known Filipino film figures will be in attendance, including Mikhail Red, Raya Martin, Shireen Seno, Sheron Dayoc, John Torres, Micah Tadena, and stars Bea Alonzo, Charo Santos Concio and Jake Cuenca.


ATF and ScreenSingapore have also lined up acclaimed industry players as part of its “Country of Focus: Philippines at the Crossroads” panel at the ATF Leaders’ Summit. Mr Carlo Katigbak, President and CEO, ABS CBN Corporation, Mr Guido Xavier R. Zaballero, Chief Marketing Officer, Cignal TV and Mr Vincent Reyes, CEO, TV5 will be sharing insights on what’s next in the Philippine landscape, leadership roles and coopetition, as well as the impact of the digital revolution on partnerships and investment decisions.


The Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market 2018 will also feature five projects from the Philippines in its Top 15 finalist line-up. At the market, the country will be represented by a pavilion with more than 30 delegates, including independent producers and filmmakers, brought together by the Film Development Council of Philippines.


IMDA’s Singapore Film Commission, in cooperation with the Singapore International Film Festival, will be co-hosting the ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator (FLY) 2018 for the first time. This is part of IMDA’s mission to grow talent in the media industry. First introduced in 2012 by the Busan Film Commission, FLY 2018 grooms aspiring ASEAN and South Korean filmmakers and provides them with co-production and collaboration opportunities with talent from around the region, under the mentorship of famed Asian filmmakers.


The two-week filmmaking boot camp kicked off in Singapore last week and will culminate in a graduation ceremony and public screening of the completed films on 3 December.


  • Of the 22 participants from 11 countries, two young female filmmakers

represent Singapore in this year’s programme: Judith Tong, who directed Paper

Roof (2017), which has been screened at international festivals like Tribeca

Film Festival, Busan International Short Film Festival, and Rhode Island

International Film Festival; and Tang Wan Xin, whose film White Carnations