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Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 19:00 HKT/SGT

Source: ScreenSingapore
Oliver Stone to Head Jury for ScreenSingapore's Asian Short Film Awards
- ScreenSingapore adds to its line-up of activities; from conferences, forums, masterclasses and more -

SINGAPORE, Mar 15, 2011 - (ACN Newswire) - The Media Development Authority (MDA) together with organiser Experia Pte Ltd, today announced the Asian Short Film Awards as part of the inaugural edition of ScreenSingapore, which will take place from 5 to 12 June 2011. Legendary filmmaker and three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone will head the Jury, comprising international filmmakers, curators and film professionals.

Mr Aubeck Kam, Chief Executive Officer of MDA said: "The Asian Short Film Awards is an opportunity for the global film community to recognize upcoming Asian filmmakers. Many prominent film directors today like Martin Scorsese and Peter Jackson began their successful careers in short films. It is our hope that this Award will do the same for a new generation of Asian filmmakers."

The Asian Short Film Award seeks to nurture Asian film talent and expose them to an international audience. A distinguished panel of jurors, which includes Singaporean Film Director, Eric Khoo, Director and CEO of RGM Media, Devesh Chetty, and Asia Chief Critic for The Hollywood Reporter, Maggie Lee, will shortlist the top three films. The final winner, who will be selected by Mr Stone, stands to walk away with a SGD$20,000 cash prize, sponsored by RGM Media, and hosted travel and accommodation to attend the awards ceremony in Singapore.

"We hope to inspire and grow the Asian film community through the ScreenSingapore Asian Short Film Award. It is an opportunity for the international community to view the creativity and story ideas from the Asian market. There is a great deal of un-tapped potential in Asia and this competition is one way for us to experience it first hand," said Mr Greg Coote, Chairman of the Board of ScreenSingapore.

The Asian Short Film Awards is open to all citizens and permanent residents of Asian countries. Films submitted should be 10 minutes or shorter and must be produced after 1 January 2010. Submissions should be made through the ScreenSingapore website at www.screensingapore.com.sg by 30 April 2011. Entry fees apply. More information can be found on the website.

The Asian Short Film Awards is the latest addition to the already extensive line-up of activities planned for the week-long event in June. Complementing the series of daily red-carpet premieres, and sneak previews of upcoming blockbusters, ScreenSingapore will also feature the Expo@ScreenSingapore (7-9 June 2011), a marketplace for expertise, entertainment technology and film distribution rights; "In Conversation" Masterclasses (6, 9, 10 June 2011) to hear first-hand from experts in the industry on topics ranging from directing to distribution; a World Intellectual Property Organisation Masterclass@ScreenSingapore (8 June 2011) focusing on international intellectual property rights and system for the film industry; as well as the Film Finance Forum@ScreenSingapore (7 June 2011), a trade conference organised by Winston Baker in association with Variety magazine, on film finance, production, distribution, and digital innovation.

Through MDA support, Singaporeans and Permanent Residents attending ScreenSingapore will be charged a special rate of 50% off the event fee. The visitor badge is S$200 for registration before 31 May 2011 and S$400 for on-site registration. While the red carpet premieres and sneak previews are set to take place at Golden Village, Shaw Organisation and The Cathay cinema, the conference, exhibition and workshops will be held at the Capella Singapore. As the official hotel partner, Capella Singapore will provide accommodation to ScreenSingapore guests and will also host several scheduled programmes including the welcome reception.

Mr Robert Lagerwey, General Manager of Capella Singapore said: "Capella Singapore is extremely proud and privileged to be part of the inaugural international ScreenSingapore event, and we envisage more successful partnerships with ScreenSingapore in supporting the prominent position of Singapore as the premier destination and global media capital in Asia."

ScreenSingapore, the first international cinema event in Singapore, aims to bring together movie stars, renowned directors and eminent film industry professionals to exchange ideas, business opportunities and showcase film products, reinforcing Singapore's position as a global media capital.

Managing Director of Experia Events, Mr. Jimmy Lau, commented: "ScreenSingapore is on its way to becoming the premier film event for the region, effectively establishing Singapore as the bridge between the East and West. We are looking forward to drawing top talent from the region with the introduction of the ScreenSingapore Asian Short Film Awards. Also, movie studios and film distribution partners have already pledged their support for ScreenSingapore, reflecting their confidence in what we're achieving."

About ScreenSingapore

ScreenSingapore, an international cinema event from 5-12 June 2011, will see Hollywood premieres in Asia and showcase Asian content to the world. In addition, the weeklong event will be lined with a trade show, conferences and master classes. ScreenSingapore is a key marketing platform for the global film and entertainment communities to tap the vast potential in the fastgrowing markets of Asia. ScreenSingapore is hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore, with support from the Singapore Tourism Board and the Economic Development Board. It is organised by Experia Events Pte Ltd. For more information, visit www.screensingapore.com.sg.

About MDA

Formed in 2003, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) plays a vital role in transforming Singapore into a Global Media City and positioning it at the forefront of the digital media age. MDA spearheads initiatives that promote developments in film, video, television, radio, publishing, music, games, animation, media services and Interactive Digital Media. At the same time, in ensuring clear and consistent regulatory policies and guidelines, MDA helps to foster a pro-business environment for industry players and increase media choices for consumers. For more information, visit www.mda.gov.sg and www.smf.sg.

About Experia Events Pte Ltd

Experia Events (www.experiaevents.com) specialises in organising and managing exhibitions and conferences of strategic interest, fostering industry development and thought leadership. It has built a strong portfolio in aerospace and defence with the highly successful Singapore Airshow, Asia's largest aerospace and defence exhibition and one of the top three in the world, and IMDEX Asia, the leading international maritime defence exhibition in Asia. Its expertise and track record also extends to the government and lifestyle sector, through key events such as the Singapore International Water Week, World Cities Summit and ScreenSingapore.

Formerly known as Singapore Airshow and Events Pte Ltd (SAe), Experia Events aims to diversify its range of strategic events globally.

About Capella Singapore

Capella Singapore, the flagship property for Capella Hotels and Resorts in Asia offers an inspiring natural setting while providing easy access to Singapore's financial and shopping districts. Capella Singapore promises the ultimate in personalized service and represents a new standard of luxury in Asia, combining the best of old and new Singapore. From arrival to departure, Capella Singapore cossets its guests, delivering intuitive and uncompromising service. Personal Assistants expertly handle guests' needs and private chauffeur service is available via the resort's Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Residing on 30 acres of lush rainforest, the resort's peaceful setting on a knoll features traditional and modern architecture with awe-inspiring views of the South China Sea. Capella Singapore offers the most spacious accommodations in Singapore. The 112 guestrooms include 61 premier
guest rooms, 11 suites, 38 pool suites with private outdoor showers and bathtubs and two Colonial Manors.
In addition, Capella Singapore will offer the opportunity to live in the resort for extended stays with full access to the resort's facilities. These extended stay offerings will include 72 sea-facing suites and duplexes and 9 manors with private pools.

Guests can enjoy a range of activities for relaxation or business: Cassia, a fine-dining Chinese restaurant, The Knolls all-day dining restaurant and Bob's Bar; an Auriga spa and a Fitness Centre; three meeting rooms; a business centre with two boardrooms, and three cascading outdoor pools.


Sophia Ho
Senior Associate
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Vernia Lim
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Martin McNamara
Senior Account Director, DDA Consulting
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Topic: Trade Show or Conference
Source: ScreenSingapore

Sectors: Film & Video, Broadcast, Film & Sat
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