A one-day conference about virtual reality is the highlight among new events being added to the fourth edition of the Singapore Media Festival. The series of events run from Nov. 23 to Dec 3, with the VR conference on Nov. 29.
The VR conference will span subjects including the use of VR in entertainment and immersive technology in business. Key speakers include Allen Foo, CEO of China’s Ultimate Creators Create Virtual Reality, Jacqui Hocking, MD of Vision Strategy Storytelling, and Alexandre Regeffe from consultancy Neotopy. The conference will be complemented by a two-day convention Creators X SMF Ignite.
With VR, digital streaming and other challenges to the theatrical film business, the SMF will also include a Future of Cinema forum, organized with Canadian filmmaker and creative director of EyeSteelFilm, Sandra Rodriguez, and Australian filmmaker Aaron Wilson.
Mainstay event, the Singapore International Film Festival announced that Oscar-winning Indian film maker Shekhar Kapur will head the jury of its Asian feature film competition. Other jurors include Iranian-American screenwriter and film director, Ana Lily Amirpour; Hong Kong-Australian filmmaker Clara Law, and Locarno Festival’s head of programming, Mark Peranson This year’s Southeast Asian Short Film Jury will be headed by the Tokyo International Film Festival selector Kenji Ishizaka.
Other novelties include the choice of Indonesia as the SMF’s first country in focus. Top Indonesian TV executive Chairul Tanjung, founder of Indonesian broadcasting companies, Trans TV and City Corp, will be presented an outstanding contribution award on Nov. 30.
The Asia Television Forum section will introduce an Animation Pitch session, organized in partnership with India’s Green Gold Animation. Shortlisted participants will pitch to a panel of industry veterans, with the winner take home a $2,500 cash award, as well as guidance and mentorship worth $16,500.