Riding on its first year’s achievement in 2015, ScreenSingapore, in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), launches the Call for Submissions for its second edition of the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market 2016 today. It aims to match promising feature-length projects with a global network of media financiers, distributors, and collaborators who can bring these projects to fruition.
Due to its previous edition’s success, which saw an overwhelming 148 entries, SAFF Project Market 2016 will feature up to 15 projects, from 10 in its inaugural year. It will be held at Marina Bay Sands Singapore from 7-9 December 2016 which includes a financing conference and the prestigious Ties That Bind (TTB) cross-cultural Europe/Asia co-producing workshop.
Continuing the end-goal of connecting producers and their promising in-development fiction and non-fiction feature-length projects with commissioners, investors, and co-production partners, this initiative is in line with SAAVA’s mandate to represent regional media investment and facilitate best practices in content producing, financing and distribution in order to promote Southeast Asian creative industries internationally through its members and partnerships.
“Last year really proved that Southeast Asia was ready for its own platform, and we’re looking forward to cementing SAFF as being the region’s largest film financing platform for years to come. Half of the projects selected last year have attached financiers and partners, while the rest made great strides in their development. The producers involved last year saw the benefit of working with ScreenSingapore and found a great international network through SAAVA and TTB” said Justin Deimen, the Executive Director of SAAVA.
“Through SAFF, my project will be completed this year so I’ve definitely found SAFF to be most relevant and beneficial. It has enabled me to engage and connect with financiers, producers and festivals from around the world. This exposure to external funding and the global market is precisely what producers here need at their development stage” said William Lim, the Producer of HAPPINESS REVOLUTION and winner of last year’s Grand Prize, the Silver Media Award.
“Judging from last year’s success, ScreenSingapore will now be a strong platform for promising minds in filmmaking. Opportunities and knowledge transfer is essential for growth in this scope. Adding the final turbo boost of international financiers and co-producers within the region to push projects forward, we are pleased with this highly valuable stage that can only flourish with time” said Yeow Hui Leng, Senior Project Director of Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore.
The selection of the final 15 projects will be made by an esteemed panel of international film industry experts that will include:
-Kathy Morgan – Principal of Kathy Morgan International (KMI) / Executive Producer of Academy Award-winning The Danish Girl
-Chan Gin Kai – Executive Producer of Silver Media Group / Chairman of the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA)
-Kristina Trapp – CEO of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE)
-Jeffrey Paine – Founding Partner of Golden Gate Ventures
-Leonard Retel Helmrich – Two-Time Sundance / Three-Time IDFA winning Filmmaker
A new inclusion to this year’s panel, Kathy Morgan, the Executive Producer of Oscar Winner The Danish Girl, said, “The SAFF project market is a crucial bridge for filmmakers in Southeast Asia. I am delighted to work with professional organisations like SAAVA and events such as ScreenSingapore to nurture a new generation of producers from Asia and to help them bring their projects to the rest of the world.” She will also be speaking on international distribution at the ScreenSingapore Conference.
Submissions for Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market will close on September 5, 2016. For more information, please refer to www.screensingapore.com.sg
ScreenSingapore is part of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF).
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