Macao Festival Opens Brightly, Touts Industry Development Role

Nicolas Cage, accompanied by Australian actress and producer Nikki Whelan, trod the red carpet on Saturday night as part of the opening festivities at the third edition of the International Film Festival and Awards. Set as a talent ambassador, Cage hel…

Nicolas Cage, accompanied by Australian actress and producer Nikki Whelan, trod the red carpet on Saturday night as part of the opening festivities at the third edition of the International Film Festival and Awards. Set as a talent ambassador, Cage held small group seminars earlier on Saturday. On Sunday he will hold a masterclass. His […]

ATF: Hooq Adds Trio of Original Series, Partnership With Vice Media

Asian video-on-demand service, Hooq has unveiled three Indonesian-made original series, and a partnership with online content group Vice. The new shows range from a talk show “TL;DR” that will be co-produced with Vice, to a full-length series, “Check O…

Asian video-on-demand service, Hooq has unveiled three Indonesian-made original series, and a partnership with online content group Vice. The new shows range from a talk show “TL;DR” that will be co-produced with Vice, to a full-length series, “Check Out The Store Next Door” (“Cek Toko Sebelah the Series”) and a short form series. The partnership […]

ATF: Indian Streamer Eros Now Launches ‘Flesh’ as Original Series

Eros Now, the video streaming arm of Indian film production and distribution giant Eros International, has begun production of an original web TV series. Its human trafficking drama “Flesh” will air in early 2019. “Flesh” stars Swara Bhaskar (“Raanjhan…

Eros Now, the video streaming arm of Indian film production and distribution giant Eros International, has begun production of an original web TV series. Its human trafficking drama “Flesh” will air in early 2019. “Flesh” stars Swara Bhaskar (“Raanjhanaa,” “Veera Di Wedding”) as a belligerent female cop who takes matters into her own hands in […]

Singapore: Cambodia’s Rithy Panh Remains Tireless Campaigner

Cambodian master director Rithy Panh’s is not optimistic about the chances of his latest film “Graves Without A Name” doing well at the Oscars. It is Cambodia’s contender in the foreign language category. “There is very little possibility. We have had …

Cambodian master director Rithy Panh’s is not optimistic about the chances of his latest film “Graves Without A Name” doing well at the Oscars. It is Cambodia’s contender in the foreign language category. “There is very little possibility. We have had screenings here and there, but the Oscar campaign costs more than my film. Most […]

‘Sacred Games,’ ‘Miss Sherlock’ Win Asian Academy Creative Awards

Hulu Japan and HBO Asia’s “Miss Sherlock” won best drama series at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards. The awards were spread over two evenings at Singapore’s Capitol Theatre on Friday and Saturday. India’s Anurag Kashyap won best direction (f…

Hulu Japan and HBO Asia’s “Miss Sherlock” won best drama series at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards. The awards were spread over two evenings at Singapore’s Capitol Theatre on Friday and Saturday. India’s Anurag Kashyap won best direction (fiction) for season one of Netflix original series “Sacred Games.” The series also won best editing […]

SGIFF: Singapore’s ‘A Land Imagined’ Wins Silver Screen Award

Singaporean filmmaker, Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined” added another award to its bulging kitty by winning best picture at the Singapore International Film Festival’s Asian feature film competition. It is the first time in the festival’s 29 editions t…

Singaporean filmmaker, Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined” added another award to its bulging kitty by winning best picture at the Singapore International Film Festival’s Asian feature film competition. It is the first time in the festival’s 29 editions that a Singaporean film has won the accolade. “A Land Imagined” is a noir film where […]

ATF Unveils Inaugural Chinese Film Pitch Winners

Three projects from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore with potential as theatrical feature films were this week named as winners of the inaugural ATF Chinese Pitch. The event was co-organized by Reed Exhibitions and G.H.Y Culture & Media. From Sing…

Three projects from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore with potential as theatrical feature films were this week named as winners of the inaugural ATF Chinese Pitch. The event was co-organized by Reed Exhibitions and G.H.Y Culture & Media. From Singapore, came “Mulan, The Robot Girl,” from The Big Shots, about a who woke up as […]

‘Filipino,’ ‘Carjacker,’ ‘Women’ win SAFF awards

Filipino-American filmmaker Mel Allego’s “Filipino” won the Cre8 co-production award at the Southeast Asian Film Financing project market awards on Friday. Set in Cebu, The Philippines, the film is a political thriller written and co-produced by Mel Al…

Filipino-American filmmaker Mel Allego’s “Filipino” won the Cre8 co-production award at the Southeast Asian Film Financing project market awards on Friday. Set in Cebu, The Philippines, the film is a political thriller written and co-produced by Mel Allego. A director has not been finalized yet. “We are looking for someone who can command the box […]

Directors Choice: Erik Matti on ‘Once Upon A Time In America’

At the Macao festival’s popular Director’s Choice strand, contemporary filmmakers are asked to choose one genre film that has had an impact on them. Three Asian filmmakers were asked to choose non-Asian films, while non-Asian filmmakers were asked to s…

At the Macao festival’s popular Director’s Choice strand, contemporary filmmakers are asked to choose one genre film that has had an impact on them. Three Asian filmmakers were asked to choose non-Asian films, while non-Asian filmmakers were asked to select Asian films. The Philippines’ Erik Matti chose Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon A Time In America.” […]

Macau’s Cinematic Heritage Showcased in Photo Exhibition

Macau’s architectural heritage is showcased in a new photographic exhibition, Experience Macao Cinematic Style. It is timed to coincide with the opening today of the 3rd edition of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao. Organized by the Maca…

Macau’s architectural heritage is showcased in a new photographic exhibition, Experience Macao Cinematic Style. It is timed to coincide with the opening today of the 3rd edition of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao. Organized by the Macao Government Tourism Office, the exhibition includes pictures taken by a 15-strong mix of professional photographers and […]

IFFAM: Mattie Do, Annick Mahnert Continue Journey With ‘Long Walk’

Laos director Mattie Do and Swiss producer Annick Mahnert are working together on “The Long Walk,” a project that was at the first edition of the IFFAM Project market in 2016 and is showing as a work in progress at the Macao Industry Hub. The pair prev…

Laos director Mattie Do and Swiss producer Annick Mahnert are working together on “The Long Walk,” a project that was at the first edition of the IFFAM Project market in 2016 and is showing as a work in progress at the Macao Industry Hub. The pair previously teamed up on “Dearest Sister.” The film was […]

IQIYI Snaps up Hit Drama ‘My Brilliant Friend’ for China

Chinese streaming giant, iQIYI has snapped up China rights to acclaimed European drama series “My Brilliant Friend.” The show is based on the first of a series of books by Elena Ferrante, set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, and spanning a period…

Chinese streaming giant, iQIYI has snapped up China rights to acclaimed European drama series “My Brilliant Friend.” The show is based on the first of a series of books by Elena Ferrante, set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, and spanning a period over 60 years. It was presented by HBO (U.S.), and Italy’s Rai […]

Thailand’s Yongyoot Thongkongtoon on ‘Bad Genius’ and Digital Disruption

Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, the Thai film director who enjoys a cult international following, says the film industry in his native Thailand is not in healthy condition. His critique emerged this week as part of a freewheeling in-conversation event at the S…

Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, the Thai film director who enjoys a cult international following, says the film industry in his native Thailand is not in healthy condition. His critique emerged this week as part of a freewheeling in-conversation event at the Singapore International Film Festival. “In Thailand, in terms of the movie business, it is not healthy […]

Iflix and Next 10 Ventures Launch Southeast Asian Creators Hub

Iflix, a streaming service for emerging markets, and Next 10 Ventures have launched a Creators Hub to fund the development of new online video creation in Southeast Asia. Announced at the ongoing Asian TV Market & Forum, as part of a 12-month progr…

Iflix, a streaming service for emerging markets, and Next 10 Ventures have launched a Creators Hub to fund the development of new online video creation in Southeast Asia. Announced at the ongoing Asian TV Market & Forum, as part of a 12-month program, Iflix will invest up to $5 million with selected content creators in […]

‘Sweet Country’ Sweeps Australia’s AACTA Awards

‘Sweet Country,” the tale of an Aboriginal man who shoots a white man in self defense, swept the major awards at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. The film collected the best film award, and the best director award fo…

‘Sweet Country,” the tale of an Aboriginal man who shoots a white man in self defense, swept the major awards at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. The film collected the best film award, and the best director award for Warwick Thornton. In other major categories, it won best original screenplay, […]

Rajinikanth Blockbuster ‘2.0’ Acquired For China Release

Chinese production and distribution company, HY Media has picked up mainland China distribution rights to blockbuster Indian film “2.0.” Starring South Indian superstar, Rajinikanth, the film was by some measures the highest grossing movie in the world…

Chinese production and distribution company, HY Media has picked up mainland China distribution rights to blockbuster Indian film “2.0.” Starring South Indian superstar, Rajinikanth, the film was by some measures the highest grossing movie in the world last weekend. “2.0” is understood to be the first Rajinikanth-starring film released in China in recent times. Indian […]

Wattpad Appoints Devashish Sharma as First India Manager (EXCLUSIVE)

Wattpad, which hosts a platform with more than 400 million user-generated stories, has appointed Devashish Sharma as its first country head for India. Toronto-based Wattpad is home to a community of more than 70 million people who spend over 22 billion…

Wattpad, which hosts a platform with more than 400 million user-generated stories, has appointed Devashish Sharma as its first country head for India. Toronto-based Wattpad is home to a community of more than 70 million people who spend over 22 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories. Earlier this year it raised $51 million […]

IMDA Chief Tan Kiat How Explains Singapore’s New Media Initiatives

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority announced a battery of initiatives on Wednesday. They are intended to continue the growth of the industry. IMDA chief executive Tan Kiat How explains their background. Variety: What are the new initiativ…

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority announced a battery of initiatives on Wednesday. They are intended to continue the growth of the industry. IMDA chief executive Tan Kiat How explains their background. Variety: What are the new initiatives? What is the IMDA planning to launch now and in the future? Tan Kiat How: IMDA is committed […]

India’s ‘Pilgrims’ Thriller Heading for Film Adaptation

Singapore firms, Aurora Media and Darpan Global have teamed to set up best-selling Indian novel “Pilgrims in the Dark” (“Timirpanthi”) as a feature film. The companies previously optioned film rights to the Gujurati-language novel by Dhruv Bhatt. Award…

Singapore firms, Aurora Media and Darpan Global have teamed to set up best-selling Indian novel “Pilgrims in the Dark” (“Timirpanthi”) as a feature film. The companies previously optioned film rights to the Gujurati-language novel by Dhruv Bhatt. Award-winning playwright and director Dakxin Bajrange is now attached to direct the thriller from a screenplay written by […]

Singapore’s Cre8 Inks Double Deals With The Philippines’ ABS-CNB, Ursa

Singapore-headquartered production company Cre8 Productions has announced a six-film co-production and co-financing deal with ABS-CBN Films, the filmmaking arm of the Philippines leading media conglomerate ABS-CBN. The first film of the slate, Mikhail …

Singapore-headquartered production company Cre8 Productions has announced a six-film co-production and co-financing deal with ABS-CBN Films, the filmmaking arm of the Philippines leading media conglomerate ABS-CBN. The first film of the slate, Mikhail Red’s “Eerie”, had its world premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival on Monday. The rest of the slate includes a zombie […]

Singapore Unveils Grant Scheme for Asian Film Coproduction

The Singapore government is to launch a new scheme to fund film co-production in Southeast Asia. It will offer grants worth S$250,000 or US$183,000 per film. The initiative was announced Wednesday by Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswar…

The Singapore government is to launch a new scheme to fund film co-production in Southeast Asia. It will offer grants worth S$250,000 or US$183,000 per film. The initiative was announced Wednesday by Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran during the Singapore Hour at the Asia TV Forum. The ATF is part of the annual […]