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Singapore wraps 2017 fest with gongs a-plenty

The 2017 edition of the Singapore Media Festival, an umbrella for the Singapore International Film Festival, Asia TV Forum & Market, ScreenSingapore and the Asian Television Awards wrapped on the weekend.

The largest of the awards events, the two-part Asian Television Awards, concluded Friday. NHNZ and Singaporean sister company Beach House Pictures came away with commendations but, unusually, neither converted nominations into wins.

The Singapore Film Festival’s Silver Screen Awards skew heavily towards honouring local and ASEAN work, a niche the fesival has carved out effectively since being revived a few years back. The SGIFF opened with Vivian Qu’s Venice-premiered drama Angels Wear White, which went on to win the Best Director gong at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. THe SGIFF closed with the winner of the Audience Award, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name.

At SGIFF’s Silver Screen Awards Anucha Boonyawatana was named Best Director for Malila: The Farewell Flower. Ali Asgari’s Disappearance (Napadid Shodan) (pictured, top) took the Best Feature gong, having earlier been awarded an acting gong for lead Sadaf Asgari.

Ana Urushadze, a Grand Jury Prize winner at the recent Asia Pacific ScreenAwards for directing Scary Mother, was named the winner of Singapore’s Inspiring Woman in Film award.

ATF’s Pitch competition, revived last year with support from South Pacific Pictures parent all3media, ran again this year. Indonesian producer Gamaliel Paulus won the ATF Formats Pitch with game show Ranking. The inaugural ATF Animation Pitch competition was won by Studio2 Animation Lab from Taiwan with The Western Journey of Pigsy.



The Singapore Media Festival runs 23 November – 3 December, and includes the Singapore International Film Festival (23 Nov – 3 Dec), Asia TV Forum & Market (28 Nov – 1 Dec) and ScreenSingapore (29 Nov – 1 Dec), and Asian Television Awards (30 Nov, 1 Dec).