Asia TV Forum (ATF) 2021 Headlines Asian Platforms

Asia TV Forum & Market and Screen Singapore returns to Marina Bay Sand, Singapore. Music Press Asia

ATF launched ATF Online+ earlier this year. Music Press Asia

The 22nd ATF will kick off its physical event on first of December through the third with Singapore-based executives at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Extending its activities onto its online platform: ATF Online+.

Themed “Re-imagining TV: Vision 2022”, the conference celebrates the best-in-class of Asian storytelling. And at the same time bring together decision-makers and senior executives to make sense of a dynamic landscape that has been innovating, converging, and re-positioning to monetise.

Key highlights of the conference will include:

Fireside chats with senior executives from Asia’s leading platforms, including iQiyi, KKBOX, Migo, OPG BesTV+ Streaming Media, Taiwan+, Tencent, TVING, Wavve, and Zee Entertainment.

Discussions around the pandemic’s impact on production strategies, programming priorities for 2022, and trends and opportunities in virtual production technologies, led by executives from Amazon Studios, DITURN, and ITV studios.

ATF Speed Dating: Sessions with co-production commissioners, including representatives from Alibaba-Youku, China Bridge Content, Discovery, Kidoodle.TV, Tencent Video, WildBrain, 108 Media and ZDF Enterprises.

[Some of the Screen Singapore’s 2020 Finalists. Credit Asia TV Forum.]

ATF Pitches: Premier pitching competitions for creators across the field of Animation, new and original entertainment Formats, and Chinese-speaking territories. The SEASCREEN Project Market summit will also feature 15 of the best content concepts, across all genres and formats, from Asia and Europe

Yeow Hui Leng, Group Project Director of ATF said: “Asian storytelling and brands are capturing the imagination and attention of global audiences. 2021 is a good year for Asian content with a slew of well-received content released. As a pivotal entertainment content market serving the Asian region for the last 22 years, ATF is proud to be part of the exciting ecosystem championing the best of what Asia has to offer.”

ATF – part of the Singapore Media Festival – is hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority. The event is set to take place from 1 to 3 December 2021, with on-demand sessions available up till June 2022. For more information, click here.

[Top row: Chen Xiao from iQiyi, Terence Leong from KKBOX, Angeline Poh from MediaCorp, Barrett Comiskey from Migo,
Bottom row:  Joanne Tsai from Taiwan+, Kaichen Li from Tencent, Hyejung Hwang from TVING, Lee Tae-Hyun from Waave,
Ashok Namboodiri from Zee Entertainment

What is Asia TV & Market Forum?
Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) is Southeast Asia’s entertainment content market and conference. Its participants meet annually to network, buy, sell, finance, distribute and co-produce visual content on all platforms. It is considered a premier networking event for Asia’s entertainment industry.

What is ScreenSingapore?
A parallel event taking place at ATF is ScreenSingapore – a 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.

In 2021, ScreenSingapore hosted the SEAScreen Project Market and Conference, in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshop (TTB).

SEASCREEN PROJECT MARKET is an annual summit that brings together the best content concepts from Asia and Europe, to meet with international co-producing partners, festival programmers, distributors, commissioners, and financiers. Up to 15 projects, now across all genres and formats, will be selected by a panel to be featured at the SEASCREEN Project Market.

The project’s finalist last year (2020) saw the participation of among many others:

  • Paul Spurrier’s Thai musical – Chasing A Dream
  • Radha Chowduri’s Burmese documentary – Father’s Office
  • Cho We Jun’s Malaysian drama – Hungry Ghost Diner
  • Abid Liongoren’s Filipino animation – Zsazsa Zaturnnah

Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and Screen Singapore is part of the Singapore Media Festival taking place from 25 Nov to 5 Dec 2021. For more information, click here.

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