The seventh edition of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) returns from November 26 to December 6 in a hybrid format this year, presenting a vibrant lineup of physical and virtual programmes.
Hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the 11-day festival aims to showcase the sector’s ingenuity, creativity and resilience, as well as present diverse experiences that reimagine Asian storytelling.
SMF consists of the Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA), the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS), the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), and this year’s new addition, the inaugural SuperGamerFest (SGF) 2020.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and restrictions on large-scale consumer events, Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) will be taking a hiatus this year, IMDA said in a press statement.
“This year has been undeniably challenging, but the resilience and creativity of our media community as they navigate uncharted waters, adapt, collaborate and continue telling our stories has been inspiring," said Howie Lau, Assistant Chief Executive, Media and Innovation, IMDA.
"This has brought on a fresh wave of new experiences and uncovered growth opportunities for the region. As the market re-opens and global players look to tap on the diverse stories in this region, we stand ready to celebrate novel ideas, talents and innovation, and to reimagine Asian storytelling for the global stage.”
As part of the SMF, the second Media International Advisory Council (IAC) will also convene virtually for policy makers and industry players to exchange insights and discuss collaborations.
The council will discuss opportunities in the geopolitical landscape, and how Singapore can play a stronger role in helping media companies respond and adapt to the rapid evolution of the media scene.
Chaired by Minister S Iswaran and comprising global media industry leaders, the council was set up to provide critical insights and timely expertise to help companies forge new models of partnership, content creation and financing.