PH in focus at Singapore fest

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CHRISTOPHER Gozum’s feature will be showcased in Singapore.

After the participation at the Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) leads the country again at the Singapore Media Festival (SMF).

As the country of focus at the festival, the participation celebrates two important milestones — the centenary of Philippine cinema and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Singapore for the following year.

The SMF, hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), is one of Asia’s leading international media events, where industry professionals meet to discover the latest trends, talents and contents in Asia for film, TV and digital media. It brings together the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum ND Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore and SMF Ignite.

The Philippines will bring 30 companies composed of film and content producers, buyers, distributors, animation companies and service providers who will join SMF-established events such as the SGIFF, ATF and ScreenSingapore and SMF Ignite.

“We are incredibly honored to once again have the support of an international festival, this time from Singapore and the IMDA, which we have had close ties with especially in terms of our film programs and partnerships. This time, we focus on the industry side of cinema for SMF, especially by bringing content producers and filmmakers who are geared and ready to buy, sell and develop titles not just for local, but foreign content,” said FDCP chairperson and chief executive officer Liza Diño.

The Asia Television Forum

The ATF is Asia’s leading entertainment content market which lets delegates tap into the growth potential of Asia’s entertainment content industry for buyers and sellers. ATF also gives valuable market insights from some of the industry’s most illustrious experts and open doors to potential business opportunities through a dedicated series of both intimate networking sessions to large-scaled ones.

FDCP is hosting a Philippine booth at the ATF and bringing 30 producers and filmmakers to develop, buy and sell content and films. Moreover, Filipino executives like TV5 and Cignal TV will be participating in the ATF Leaders’ Summit on a panel that puts spotlight on the Philippines and its landscape as it adapts to the digital revolution.

SHIREEN Seno’s work is among those to be screened at the SGIFF.

ScreenSingapore, Southeast Asian Film Financing and Ties That Bind

ScreenSingapore is a marketplace for filmmakers, producers, distributors, financiers and film buyers to explore co-production opportunities, seek financing, make deals and learn about the changing film landscape. This year, it will host again the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshop to connect promising filmmakers and producers from Southeast Asia and Europe with international co-producing partners, festival programmers, distributors, commissioners and financiers.

SAFF will feature five projects from the Philippines: the science fiction Ani (The Harvest), produced by Toni Zuniga and directed by Kristine Zuniga; the thriller Bangsa Badjao, produced by Suzanne Richiardone and Jessel Monteverde and directed by Jessel Monteverde; the feminist action drama Comfort, produced by Bianca Balbuena and Kriz Gazmen and directed by Gino M. Santos; the thriller Filipino, produced by Mel Allego; the social satire John Denver Trending, produced by Sheron Dayoc and Sonny Calvento and directed by Arden Rod C.
On the other hand, for Ties That Bind, whose first workshop took place in the Udine Far East Film Festival, will be holding its second workshop during SAFF. Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) Producer of the Year awardee Bianca Balbuena is one of the mentors of the program. Among the 10 projects included in the slate is Return of the Owl by Martika Ramirez Escobar and Monster Jimenez.

The Singapore International Film Festival

The SGIFF is also celebrating Filipino films as it brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legend.

There are four short films in competition, three official selection and a world premiere from the Philippines this year. At the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition are Manila is Full of Men Named Boy by Andrew Stephen Lee; The Imminent Immanent by Carlo Francisco Manatad; Please Stop Talking by Josef Gacutan, and Judgement by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez. In the Official Selection are The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931 by Christopher Gozum; Season of the Devil by Lav Diaz and Nervous Translation by Shireen Seno.

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