SINGAPORE MEDIA FESTIVAL returns and it has something for everyone!


The sixth edition of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) returns with an expanded line-up and a strong spotlight on propelling the voices of Asian talent. This year’s festival will see wider offerings for both industry players and the public alike – across film, television, comics and popular culture, digital video content, VR and AR technology, and more – with new avenues for emerging players and talent to be part of the region’s vibrant ecosystem.

in 2019, SMF offers new programmes and enhanced platforms to propel the voices of rising media talent and content creators, taking their stories to a bigger stage.

Hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore Media Festival is ongoing: from 21 November to 8 December 2019, and consists of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS), Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA), and this year’s new addition, Singapore Comic Con (SGCC). 

Check out the participating events below!

Asian Academy Creative Awards 5 – 6 December 2019

The Asian academy awards 2019 honours talent that include television, digital, streaming and emerging technologies.
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The Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA’s) is established by the Asian Academy Creative Awards Pte Ltd to serve the creative industries, as the pinnacle of their achievements in content creation and media production.

Open to countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, the AAA honours excellence in craft and technical disciplines across multiple platforms, including television, digital, streaming and emerging technologies.

Mediacorp’s streaming platform Toggle who will stream both nights live.

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Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) 3 – 6 December 2019

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Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) – the region’s leading entertainment content event – is the platform of calibre to acquire knowledge, network, buy, sell, finance, distribute and co-produce across all platforms. It is the premier stage in Asia to engage with the entertainment industry’s top players from around the world. It’s where the best minds meet and the future of Asia’s content is shaped.

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ScreenSingapore 4 – 6 December 2019

ScreenSingapore 2019 is Southeast Asia’s marketplace for filmmakers, producers, distributors, financiers and film buyers
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ScreenSingapore – Southeast Asia’s definitive marketplace for filmmakers, producers, distributors, financiers and film buyers to explore co-production opportunities, seek financing, make deals and learn about the changing film landscape. 

After its continued success in 2018, ScreenSingapore will once again host the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market, in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshop (TTB) to connect promising filmmakers and producers from Southeast Asia and Europe with international co-producing partners, festival programmers, distributors, commissioners, and financiers.

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Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 7 – 8 December 2019

Singapore Comic Con (SGCC), previously known as Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC). Content includes toys, collectibles, comics, cosplay and gaming
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Singapore Comic Con (SGCC), previously known as Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC), is Southeast Asia’s ultimate celebration of the best of Western and Asian pop culture content. From toys, collectibles, comics, cosplay to gaming, there is something for everyone to experience. Singapore Comic Con is within the ReedPOP portfolio, which includes New York Comic Con, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, OZ Comic Con, PAX and Star Wars Celebration.

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Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) 21 November – 1 December 2019

Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest running film event in Singapore that celebrates Asian Cinema
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Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics, and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region. Committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent, its competition component, the Silver Screen Awards, brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends. 

With its mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues with attending filmmakers, the Festival also serves as a catalyst for igniting public interest, artistic dialogue, and cultural exchanges in the art of filmmaking. The SGIFF is organised by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd, a non-profit organisation with Institution of Public Character (IPC) status.

In light of its 30th anniversary, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has commissioned three short films that will centre on the theme of celebration by Southeast Asian directors Yeo Siew Hua (Singapore), Mouly Surya (Indonesia) and Anucha Boonyawatana (Thailand). These films will make their world premiere at the festival’s opening night on 21 November.

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VidCon Asia Summit 3 – 4 December 2019

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VidCon is the world’s largest celebration of digital video and online creators, where people who make the most interesting and successful video content on the internet can get together, connect with their communities and discuss what’s coming next.

Launching VidCon Asia in Singapore establishes the vibrant growth and universality of this digital creative community and anchors Singapore alongside London and Melbourne as a regional hub for the industry. In 2019, VidCon will be launching the Industry Track in Asia, and scaling this up to the signature three-track VidCon model (Community, Creator, Industry) in 2020 and beyond.

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This year’s festival will also be complemented by an array of exciting programmes, allowing members of the public – from families, children, young adults, film buffs or pop culture enthusiasts, to be a part of the celebration of the diverse talent and content that Asia has to offer.

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