The 14th Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore 2013 officially opened today begin at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre by Dr Yaacob, Minister for Communications and Information. From 4 to 6 December 2013, this exhibition event was full-filled with exciting line-up program of 69 prominent TV and film speakers over 28 conference session. Hence, there are more than 4,000 buyers, sellers and participants from over 60 countries are expected at this annual gathering.
The participation growth reaffirms ATF and ScreenSingapore as the preferred market and it signals Asia’s important role in the global content market, enabling international, regional and local sellers and buyers to meet, network and trade. The presence of international players CBS Studios, CJ Entertainment, CCTV, FremantleMedia, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, MGM Worldwide Television, Miramax Films, Shanghai Media Group and The Walt Disney Company is an indicator of the breadth and quality of content expected.
Two new initiatives ATF Animation Lab and MIPACADEMY were conceptualised to create opportunities for collaborations as well as provide fresh perspectives through best practices and case-studies.
ATF Animation Lab is a match making platform between Asian animation producers and international commissioners. Designed to bring producers and commissioners together, the event aims to facilitate co-production and funding, as well as networking and exchange of ideas.
Of 45 submissions, 35 of them have been shortlisted. Producers of the shortlisted projects will pitch to commissioners from Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Worldwide, The Walt Disney Company, Turner International Asia Pacific Limited, Viacom International Media Networks, ZDFE.junior and ZDF German Television.
MIPACADEMY, produced by Reed Midem (producer of MIPCOM and MIPTV), Reed Exhibitions Singapore, in collaboration with The Entertainment Master Class, is full day of master classes targeted at TV producers and executives.
Gala Premieres at ScreenSingapore
The world premiere of Firestorm 风暴 will kick off with red carpet festivities at Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa, along with its star-studded cast of Andy Lau （劉 德 華）and Lam Ka Tung （林家栋）. The Chinese action drama produced by Edko Films, is co-distributed by Clover Films, Golden Village and StarHub.
Tomorrow night, the 3rd Rendezvous of French Cinema in conjunction with ScreenSingapore will hold the Southeast Asian premiere of The Nightingale 夜 茑 at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. The cast of this Sino-French production, Li Bao Tian (李保田), Li Xiao Ran (李小冉) and Yang Xin Yi (杨心仪), will grace the red carpet with French director Philippe Muyl.