SINGAPORE，Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The sixth edition of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) will return this year with an expanded line-up to bring different parties together to tap on the growing market in film, TV and digital media in Asia, according to a press conference held here Monday.
The festival includes a wide range of events ranging from film, television, comics and popular culture, digital video content, as well as VR and AR technology.
Hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore Media Festival will take place from November 21 to December 8 this year. It will consist of the 30th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), the 20th Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA). This year the audience will also see the Singapore Comic Con (SGCC), previously known as Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention, and the two-day VidCon Asia Summit. VidCon is the world’s largest online video convention, which will make its Asian debut in Singapore that will be held in conjunction with SMF.
Robert Gilby, chairman of the SMF Advisory Board, said, “There is a rising wave of Asian creativity driving growth opportunities in the media sector, as global players look to tap the stories and market in this region. The Singapore Media Festival plays an important role in bringing together the best of Asian content and talent across different formats, genres and platforms, to create potential for creative, collaborative and commercial partnerships to happen. ”
Joachim Ng, Director, Media & Ecosystem Development, IMDA, noted that there will be exciting programs for everyone during the media festival, adding that creating talents combined with the business talents are the heart of the media industry, whom Singapore cherish a lot and who work together can achieve great results. That’s why Singapore will host the media festival to connect the talents across the region so that they can continue to collaborate together, Ng said.