November 19-2015
ScreenSingapore 2015 to host thought leaders from around the globe on film financing

Film industry luminaries will be in Singapore to share their  perspectives  and  expertise  on  the  international  and  Asian  film  industry  at ScreenSingapore  (SS)  2015  –  the  Southeast  Asia’s  marketplace  for filmed  entertainment, which will be held at the Marina Bay Sands from 1-4 December.

For the 2015 edition, ScreenSingapore  will be centered around the theme of film financing, putting  the  spotlight  on  innovative  ways  to  source  for  financing  for  film  projects  and connecting with financiers, commissioners and co-production partners.  As Southeast Asia ramps up its efforts in the media investment landscape to finance more projects being created by  the  region’s  talent  pool, ScreenSingapore  has invited  international  industry  experts  to share more on the art of film financing and distribution to achieve greater success.

Achieving Critical Acclaim:  Marketing and Distribution in a Global Context

Films are usually given the green light to start production based on its potential and a solid festival strategy. One of the most anticipated presentations to look forward to at ScreenSingapore  2015 is the closing keynote session Marketing and Distribution in a Global Context  by  Cheryl  Boone  Isaacs,  President  of  the  Academy  of  Motion  Picture  Arts and Sciences  where  a  one-on-one  dialogue  will  be  conducted  on  the  evolving  landscape  of marketing and distribution in independent films, and what Asian films and filmmakers need to know in order to navigate the festivals to reach Oscar glory.

Building onto the topic of distribution and festivals, Dhruv S Sinha, General Manager, Hollywood and Overseas Business, Reliance Entertainment & Phantom Films Pvt Ltd and Benjamin Illos, Programmer, Cannes Film Festival – Director’s Fortnight, will demystify the sometimes  labyrinthine world of film distribution, and help participants better understand how to engage distributors   and festival organisers at the panel session Understanding Distribution and Festivals: Achieving Critical Acclaim and Commercial Rewards.

Understanding the Southeast Asian film financing landscape

Cash is king in Southeast Asia’s film financing landscape as public money remains scarce in the region and private money continues to be poured into funding entertainment products in this part of the world. But progress is hampered by the lack of strong distribution entities and an overreliance on film festivals to travel beyond our shores.

The  money  men  of  the  Southeast   Asian  media  investment   world,  Zainir  Aminullah, Chief Executive Producer, Ideate Media, Sridhar Sreekakula, CEO, Barking Cow Media Group and Allen Jordan, CEO, Goshen Group – will shed light on the trends and future of how and what movies will be funded in future. Producers in attendance will also learn about the basic pitch dynamics, creative financing strategy and what film financiers are looking for from seasoned experts such as Chieko Murata, VP, Local Productions, Japan & Southeast Asia, International Film & Television, Sony Pictures Entertainment  and Samuel Y. Ha, VP, Global Investment, Union Investment Partners at the Meet the Financiers panel session.

ScreenSingapore 2015 promises to be a veritable conference for industry professionals, with exclusive  access  to  these  thought  leaders  and  industry  experts  as  they  convene  at  the Singapore Media Festival this December. At the market, the inaugural Southeast Asian Film Financing Project (SAFF) will see the selected top 10 projects from the overwhelming 148 submissions meet key decision makers who will assist to bring their projects into fruition.