Singapore Media Festival 2017 Celebrates Indonesia
A strong delegation of Indonesian media industry heavyweights, presenting a diverse showcase of television and film content, will make its way to Singapore this November, as the Singapore Media Festival 2017 (SMF) celebrates Indonesia as its Country-of-Focus.
Hosted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), the Singapore Media Festival is Southeast Asia’s leading international media event, and its fourth edition will be held from 23 November to 3rd of December 2017. This year’s spotlight on Indonesia threads across all SMF constituent events, including the Asian Television Awards (ATA), Asia TV Forum and Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore, Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), and SMF Ignite.
Ricky Pesik, Vice Chairman, Badan Ekonomi Kreatif Indonesia (BEKRAF), shared, “It is an honour for Indonesia to be selected as Singapore Media Festival’s first Country-of-Focus, as well as an affirmation for its growing pool of content creators. The Festival is a world-class platform and a special opportunity to bridge, nurture and inspire the vibrant community of storytellers in both our countries and the region. As our commitment to our community of independent media professionals in Indonesia, BEKRAF is also happy to extend support to those keen on participating in the Festival this year. Beyond this celebration of 50 years of bilateral ties (between Indonesia and Singapore), I look forward to continued collaborations as we work together to elevate Asian storytelling for the world stage.”
INDUSTRY HEAVYWEIGHTS SET THE STAGE
More than 50 Indonesian companies and content buyers and sellers will be participating in the Asia TV Forum and Market and ScreenSingapore. They include media and production houses like PT Indonesia Entertainment Group, MOX Digital Indonesia, and Transmedia Indonesia, as well as independent producers and filmmakers under the Indonesian Film Board (BPI), the Association of Indonesian Film Producers (APROFI), and Indonesian documentary filmmakers collective, In-Docs.
To set the stage and strengthen the spotlight on Indonesia’s media ecosystem, key Indonesian media veterans taking part in SMF include:
- Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar lends his experience in a panel discussing pertinent movements and partnerships in television content, alongside other leading Asian directors and producers at ‘The Directors Collective’ session (30th November) of the ATF Conference.
- Prolific Southeast Asian filmmaker, Garin Nugroho, will be leading an SGIFF masterclass on 3rd of December, to share about his artistic pursuits, imparting knowledge to the next generation, and hopes for the future of Asian cinema. Garin will also be conferred as the recipient of SGIFF 2017’s Honorary Award.
- Indonesian actress, Marsha Timothy, will sit as one of three judges for the Silver Screen Awards’ Southeast Asian Short Film Competition, alongside Japan’s Kenji Ishizaka and Singapore’s K Rajagopal.
The Singapore International Film Festival will see the screening of 20 Indonesian titles, including the Singapore premiere of Mouly Surya’s Cannes-acclaimed Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, and the international premiere of Edwin’s teen romance thriller, Posesif. Mouly, along with fellow Indonesian producers Rama Adi and Meiske Taurisia, will also be part of SGIFF’s inaugural Southeast Asian Producers Network, which aims to bring together producers from the region to share their wealth of knowledge with one another in an open exchange of ideas.
A panel discussion on contemporary Indonesian cinema will be organised with speakers such as Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu (Writer/critic, Cinema Poetica), Bowo Leksono (co-founder, Cinema Lovers Community) and filmmakers Yuda Kurniawan and Hari Suhariyadi, as part of SGIFF’s ‘Histories of Tomorrow: Indonesian Cinema After the New Order’ programme.
Rounding up the showcase of talent is award-winning singer, Afgansyah Reza, who headlines the Asian Television Awards 2017’s ‘live’ show on the 1st of December, along with a line-up of international performers. Afgan had performed in Singapore last year to a sold out Esplanade Concert Hall.
EMERGING TALENT AND FRESH CONTENT CONTINUE TO MAKE WAVES
Concurrently, new stories are being developed and brought to fruition at the Southeast Asia Film Financing Forum (SAFF) Project Market, taking place as part of ScreenSingapore. Out of 15 finalists, five upcoming film projects by Indonesian filmmakers have been shortlisted for co-production ventures with the region’s top film financiers, producers, distributors and buyers. They include:
- Lastri – a crime and suspense thriller directed by Adriyanto Dewo and produced by Dewi Umaya Rachman, Sarang Mowo Damar Panuluh and Perlita Desiani.
- Marangka: The Corpse Flower – a fantasy-genre film directed by Andra Fembriarto, produced by Firdauzi Trizkiyanto.
- Stalker – a psychological thriller directed by Winaldo Artaraya Swastia, and produced by Amalia Rizky and Siera Tamihardja.
- The Hunted – an action adventure film directed by Agung Sentausa, produced by Allen Jordan.
- Yuni – a drama directed by Kamila Andini, produced by Ifa Isfansyah.
Under the ATF Formats Pitch, Gamaliel Paulus (Gammy) Setianugraha has been selected to compete against four finalists, with his original project titled Ranking – an info-tainment gameshow that pits participants against each other by getting them to rank or sequence information in the right order. Culminating in a live pitch session (30 November) to a panel of industry judges, the winner stands to receive a cash prize and a tailor-made consultancy package to further develop and produce their format.
Three Indonesian films, including Kamila Andini’s The Seen and Unseen, Makbul Mubarak’s The Malediction and Suryo Wiyogo’s Joko are competing in the prestigious SGIFF Silver Screen Awards. Makbul is also one of the 11 emerging Asian filmmakers selected to take part in SGIFF’s story development workshop for first-time feature filmmakers, the Southeast Asian Film Lab (SEAFL), with his project titled The Autobiography.
Independent filmmakers and producers from Indonesia who seek support to participate in Singapore Media Festival 2017 may approach APROFI and In-Docs for more details.
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