13 New Singapore Films Next Year, New Converged TV Formats on Show, and More at Asia TV Forum & Market - ScreenSingapore 2012

 13 New Singapore Films Next Year, New Converged TV Formats on Show, and More
               at Asia TV Forum & Market - ScreenSingapore 2012

PR Newswire

SINGAPORE, Nov. 26, 2012

SINGAPORE, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Singapore will be a hub of media
activity come 4 - 7 December when more than 4,000 film and television trade
delegates from 60 countries converge in the island state to trade, market and
screen their content at the Asia TV Forum & Market ScreenSingapore 2012.

The event promises to be exciting as it combines a converged film and
television market with global industry players, including studios,
broadcasters, production houses, distributors and financiers in

Singapore's film and television industry players are expected to have a strong
showing at the event, with over 100 local media companies showcasing more than
600 hours of the best in local content at the Singapore Pavilion.

On the film front, local filmmakers will be making Singapore proud with its
bumper crop of 13 new films to hit the market. These includes horror films,
comedies, documentariesand coming-of-age stories about love, marriage and

The 13 new Singapore films are The Wedding Diary II; Ah Boys to Men II; That
Girl in Pinafore; Ghost Child; Mister John; Menstrual Man; Taxi Taxi; Wa is
for Wayang; 3 Peas in a Pod; Afterimages; 3.50; Red Numbers and Pickles. For
the details on the films as well as their expected theatrical release dates in
Singapore, please refer to Annex A. Seven of these new films will be featured
at "Sneak Peeks", an event organised by the Media Development Authority of
Singapore (MDA) to market Singapore films to international distributors.

Today, the production volume of Made In Singapore films has doubled; rising
from just six Singapore films in 2002, to 13 new Singapore films for next
year. Box office takings jumped 1.5 times in 2011, with earnings of SGD$9.2m,
compared to SGD$6m in 2002. Singapore also continues to have one of the
largest film exhibition sectors in this part of the world.

The Wedding Diary II to make its World Premiere in Singapore

Of the 13 films, The Wedding Diary II by Clover Films  has been selected as
the Closing Premiere of ScreenSingapore. As part of its world premiere, the
cast and director will be walking the red carpet at Golden Village Cineplex,
Vivo City, at 8:30pm on 6 December.

Said Mr Lim Teck, Managing Director, Clover Films and ScreenSingapore Board
Member, "We are proud that The Wedding Diary II is selected as the closing
premiere at ScreenSingapore. The global spotlight will certainly help boost
the film's profile, as well as add buzz and vibrancy to Singapore's film

The Wedding Diary II is produced and distributed by Clover Films (Singapore),
Golden Screen Cinemas (Malaysia), Asia Tropical Films (Malaysia), Star Chinese
Movies (Hong Kong), Satellite Television Asia Region (Malaysia) and Mega
Cineplex (Malaysia).

It has a strong Asian cast, including veteran Singapore actors Jack Choo and
Marcus Chin, as well as Malaysia's Aniu (Homecoming, Ice Kacang Puppy Love),
Hong Kong's Elanne Kwong (Love Lifting, The Wedding Diary) and Taiwanese
singer-actress Cynthia Wong (Devotion).

Singapore filmmakers go on to the global stage to share insights with
international film community

With ScreenSingapore's spotlight on Asia, local filmmakers will share their
personal perspectives gained from years of working in the China market, and on
financing and co-production matters with international filmmakers:

  oFilm director Jack Neo will speak at the film co-production & financing
    panel on "South East Asia: New Filmmaker, New Money" (6 December). Mr Neo
    is a 32-year veteran of the film and television industry and a Cultural
    Medallion winner. His films have achieved overseas success in Hong Kong,
    Taiwan and Malaysia. His film I Not Stupid was named one of the Ten Best
    Chinese Movies at the 8th Golden Bauhinia Awards. In 2009, he was voted
    The Most Popular Male Artist at the 18th Golden Rooster and Hundred
    Flowers Film Festival in China.
  oMike Wiluan, Chief Executive, Infinite Studios will be moderating the film
    co-production and financing panel on "South East Asia: New Filmmaker, New
    Money" (6 December). His company, Infinite Studios, has invested in film
    and television content with global partners from Canada, United Kingdom
    and Australia. Mr Wiluan's company is currently shooting Serangoon Road,
    one of South East Asia's largest television co-productions, with
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation and HBO Asia.
  oKenneth Tan, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Assessment), MDA, will be
    the moderator for the Film Keynote panel featuring Bona Film Group's Yu
    Dong (5 December) and "Theatre Innovation: A Conversation with Dolby"
    panel (5 December). Mr Tan was the former Managing Director of Golden
    Village and Chief Executive Officer of MediaCorp Radio and Chief Operating
    Officer of MediaCorp TV.
  oJoachim Ng, Director (Industry Operations), MDA, will moderate the
    animation co-production and financing panel (6 December). Mr Ng is
    responsible for overseeing MDA's industry operations, including, converged

Converged Singapore productions and new TV formats on show at ATF/SS 2012

Moving from film to broadcast, our local media industry will be showcasing
their content innovation, particularly on the converged format.

For instance, Singapore companies will showcase converged content, such as the
highly-successful The Kitchen Musical, a musical television drama by The Group
Entertainment which was nominated for "Best Drama Series" in the International
Emmy Awards 2012. Operating on a fresh format i.e. TV musical, the series is
expanding its footprint to Asian countries such as Vietnam, Philippines and
even as far as US and UK, in the form of a theatre musical, book and
adaptations of its TV series.

Still on content innovation, MediaCorp will showcase its latest transmedia
drama, 96°C Cafe. The mini drama will be telecast online in xinMSN and
continue its run as a 20-episode serial on Free-to-Air TV and stars Tay Ping
Hui, Chris Tong, Cynthia Koh, Desmond Tan, Julie Tan and Ian Fang. The drama's
theme song is also supported under MDA's Development Assistance grant, which
provides funding support for original Singapore compositions.

Television programmes made by Singapore production houses are seen by
audiences in over 70 countries around the world.

Dialogue, networking and collaboration opportunities

With Singapore's continued efforts to tap opportunities for Singapore
companies in the China market, MDA is supporting the China-Singapore Dialogue
where Singapore TV producers can network directly with representatives of
China's top broadcast stations for collaboration in dramas and documentaries.
This will be attended by some 50 producers including representatives from
China Central Television (CCTV), Shanghai Media Group, MediaCorp and
MyChinaChannel. Melvin Ang, Executive Director, MyChinaChannel and Executive
Director mm2 Entertainment will also share his experience on working in the
China market at this session.

In line with the converged market, MDA continues to place emphasis on
cross-content collaboration. To further catalyse such projects, MDA is
organising a business matching session on 5 December bringing together local
film, television and music talent with international players for such
collaboration opportunities.

Said Mr Yeo Chun Cheng, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Industry), Media
Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), "This market provides tremendous
opportunities for global media players to capitalise on business opportunities
created by Asia's expanding media sector, and to do so from Singapore, a great
place to inspire talent and create compelling international content. The
various platforms that MDA has created will bring people together, and those
who know how to tap on them will certainly find their time at the market to be
extremely rewarding."

The 500-sq m Singapore Pavilion, located at H02, G02, G13 and J02 at Sands
Expo and Convention Centre Hall C, Marina Bay Sands comprises a good mix of
companies from  a good mix of television, film, music, animation, and media
services sectors, mirroring the converged nature of the market. Catch a
preview of selected Singapore content at the Singapore Pavilion at

The Singapore entertainment and media market is projected to have a 5.8 per
cent compounded annual growth rate, while Singapore's digital spending is
projected to grow at 10 per cent per annum from 2012 to 2016 according to
PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2012-2016.

About Media Development Authority (MDA)

The Media Development Authority of Singapore (www.mda.gov.sg) promotes the
growth of globally competitive Animation, Broadcast, Film, Games, Interactive
Media, Music and Publishing industries. It also regulates the media sector to
safeguard the interest of consumers and promotes a connected society. MDA is a
statutory board under the Ministry of Communications and Information

13 new Singapore films for 2013                                                                       Annex A
S/No Title       Synopsis                         Language                Director                        Expected
                                                                                   Production Company     ReleaseDate
                 and tribulations of a retrenched
                 microbiology scientist,                                           SIMF Management, RAM
                 Professor Chua, as he turns to                                    Entertainment, PMP
     * Taxi!     taxi driving after several                               Kelvin   Entertainment, Galaxy
1    Taxi!       failed job attempts. He          Chinese                 Sng      Entertainment,         3 Jan 2013
                 befriends a veteran driver, Ah                                    SgLanded, Scorpio East
               Tau. The two men, polar                                         Pictures               
                 opposites of each other, from
               educational level, personality,                                                       
                 attitude towards life and even
               the languages they speak,                                                             
                 eventually find themselves
                 interdependent and influencing                                    
                 each other in positive ways.

                 Five unlikely characters form a
                 film company to achieve their
                 individual dreams. Arvind, a
                 metrosexual male, who dreams of
                 becoming a great filmmaker                               JK
2    Pickles     starts forming his team.         English- Tamil          Saravana Tantra Films           Jan 2013
                 There's Sruthi, his childhood
               friend; Walter, a James                                                             
                 Cameron wannabe director;
               Thanes, the ruthless dictator;                                                        
                 and finally, Kaly the village
               playwright. Clueless about                                                           
                 filmmaking, this team of misfits
                 attempt their childhood dream of
                 producing a film.

                 This army story depicts the
                 enlistment of young boys, who
                 have lived a sheltered life. In
     Ah Boys to  the army, life is no longer a                                     J Team Productions &
3    Men II      bed of roses. It's a place where Chinese                 Jack Neo mm2 entertainment      7 Feb 2013
                 boys undergo harsh military
               training and face life's                                                              
                 challenges, such as in their
               relationship with family,                                                             
                 friends and bunkmates. The boys
               learn to be responsible, and                                                          
                 their enlistment marks their
                 transition to manhood.

                 Soon after marriage, Weijie and
                 Zhixin face pressure to
                 conceive. When it finally                                         Clover Films, Golden
4    The Wedding happens, the couple realise that Chinese                 Adrian   Screen Cinemas, Asia   14 Feb 2013
     Diary II    having a child is not a matter                          Teh      Tropical Films, SCM,
                concerning only them, but                                        Mega Cineplex          
                actually involves their                                 
                families too. Will parenthood be                                                       
                a bed of roses? Or does the                              
                arrival of their baby mark the                                                         
                start of many challenges to be                         
                 faced by the young couple?                                        

                 'Red Numbers' revolves around a
                 guy, who, according to a
5    Red Numbers fengshui master, only has three Chinese                 Dom Ow   Supernova Media        22 Feb 2013
                 lucky minutes in his miserable
               life. His fortune is wrapped up                                                       
                 with a greedy family whose
               grandfather holds the key to the                                                      
                 winning combination in the 4D

                 Unable to come to terms with
                 death of her mother, 15-year old                                  Gorylah Pictures, mm2
6    * Ghost     Kim suddenly has to deal with a  Chinese                 Gilbert  Entertainment, Clover  21 Mar 2013
     Child       new mother in her life. Na, her                          Chan     Films
                stepmother hails from a remote                                                          
                village in Indonesia. A series                                  
                of mysterious and strange                                                               
                incidents starts to occur at the                                 
                family home when she arrives in                                                         

                 When a young Cambodian girl is                           Eysham
7    3.50        abducted from her village, a     English                 Ali &    Supernova Media        June 2013
                 brash American documentary                               Chhay
               filmmaker ventures deep into the                        Bora                           
                 underbelly of Phnom Penh to
               rescue her, and crosses paths                                                         
                 with various other lives
               affected by the city's harsh                                                          
                 rules of survival.
8    Afterimages 'Afterimages' is about a group   English                 Tony     Mythopolis Pictures    Aug 2013
                 of artists who burn cameras as                           Kern
               offerings to the dead, and in                                                          
                 return, receive a collection of                          
               footages from hell in the form                                                         
                 of short horror movies.                                  
                 Therearemenwhosquirmat the
                 mention of a woman's period. And
                 then there's Muruganantham, a
                 man who went as far as to
     * Menstrual analyse strangers' used pads in                          Amit
9    Man         his quest to produce low-cost    English                 Virmani  Coup Communications    TBC
                 sanitary napkins for India's
               poor. In telling Muruganatham's                                                       
                 inspiring story, "Menstrual Man"
               underscores the role of social                                                        
                 entrepreneurship in combating
               poverty, and highlights the                                                           
                 importance of economic
                 empowerment of women to enable a
                 better world.

                 An Irishman whose marriage is in
                 crisis travels alone to

     * Mister    Singapore after the sudden and                           Fran
10   John        suspicious death of his         English                 Borgia   Akanga Films           TBC

               estranged brother, and soon                                                           

               finds himself immersed in the                                                         

               daily life of this man he never                                                       

                 truly knew.

                 'That Girl in Pinafore' revolves
     * That Girl around four teenagers - Jiaming,                         Chai Yee
11   In Pinafore Xiaopang, Haoban and Caogen. The Chinese                 Wei      mm2 Entertainment      TBC
                 story follows the teenagers'
               efforts to bring business back                                                        
                 to a struggling folk music pub,
               and the blossoming love between                                                       
                 Jiaming and May, an ardent fan
               of Singaporean folk music.                                                            

                 '3 Peas in a Pod' is a story
                 about friendship, love and
                 obsession. Three university
                 students from three different
                 countries are good friends whose
     3 Peas in a love lives are intertwined with                          Michelle
12   Pod         one another's. Just before they  Chinese-English Chong    Huat Films             In development
                 graduate and go back to their
               respective countries to embark                                                        
                 on their working lives, the
               three friends decide to go on a                                                       
                 road trip in the country they've
               been studying in for the last 4                                                       
                 years: Australia. Little do they
                 know, this farewell holiday is a
                 trip that will change their
                 lives forever.

                 'Wa is for Wayang' is about an
                 immigrant boy from India who
                 gets caught between a clumsy
13   Wa is for   teacher who vows to preserve a   English                 Raymond  Brainchild Pictures    In development
     Wayang      fading cultural art and an                               Tan
                obsessive school principal who                                                         
                strives to rid the aged old                              
                tradition. Discover the new                                                            
                family comedy about hope, values                         
                and harmony that is told through                                                       
                a misfit Indian boy and the                              
                 mystical Chinese Opera.

* Supported under MDA's Production Assistance Grant Scheme                    Informationaccurateasat21Nov2012

SOURCE Media Development Authority

Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/MDASingapore
Website: http://www.mci.gov.sg
Website: http://www.mda.gov.sg
Contact: Ephraim Loy, Assistant Manager, Industry Communications, Media
Development Authority, Tel: +65-9726-3157, Email: ephraim_loy@mda.gov.sg;
Michelle Lim, Manager, Industry Communications, Media Development Authority,
Tel: +65-8183-3947, Email: michelle_lim@mda.gov.sg
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