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5 Reasons To Visit Singapore Media Festival Before It Ends

Food, film, and fun at Singapore Media Festival


Free short film screenings at Singapore Media Festival festival square

What a year 2016 has been. With plenty of events of varying themes like food, music, and art, we’ve been kept well-entertained. Now, it’s time to end off the year with a bang with yet another cool artsy event: the Singapore Media Festival

Not just an event for creative professionals, the Singapore Media Festival is a platform for everyone to come together to appreciate the different facets of screen media and the talent involved in it.

If you’re late to the party that kicked off on 23rd November but still want to be part of the fun, there are still a bunch of activities going on until 9th December. Here, we’ve compiled a list of events that you should check out while you still can.


1. Food discounts at Festival Square


Free short film screenings at Singapore Media Festival festival square

Food, glorious food! Festival-goers will get to fill their tummies with a spread of F&B options on discount at Singapore Media Festival’s Festival Square at CHIJMES. From now till 11th December, enjoy offers such as 15% off a la carte orders at IndoChine, and Whisky Flights from The Single Cask at 50% off (U.P. $49).

F&B discounts at Singapore Media Festival festival square

Festival Square F&B promotions.

While sipping on your beer, be entertained with free screenings of short films and awards shows, interactive activities, and contests at the lawn (on 2nd and 3rd December). Everyone can get in on the fun as these mini-events are open to the public as well!


2. Catch performances by JJ Lin and Charli XCX


Asian Television Awards with performances by JJ Lin and Charli XCX at Singapore Media Festival
Source: Asian TV Awards

Since his days of ‘Dou Jiang You Tiao” in the early 00s, Singaporean artiste JJ Lin has grown to become an acclaimed singer-songwriter-producer-actor. Fangirls (and boys) can look forward to a rousing performance from the multi-hyphenate at the Asian Television Awards Live Show on 2nd December, along with items from other stars like British songstress Charli XCX and Amber Liu from Korean girl-group f(x).

Celebrating the best of Asian television, the 21st installment of ATA will cover a range of genres including drama series, documentaries, news programmes, reality shows, and animation. With a bevy of acclaimed hosts like local veteran Adrian Pang and Stephanie Carrington, the event will be a star-studded one you wouldn’t want to miss.

Find out more about Asian TV Awards here.


3. Enjoy local indie movies with your pals


A Yellow Bird by Singaporean producer K Rajagopal Singapore Media Festival
Source: Singapore International Film Festival

A scene from “A Yellow Bird” by local producer K Rajagopal.

While we’re all up to date with the latest Hollywood flicks, local indie films are, sadly, often underappreciated. Spend some time backing our local talents while being entertained at Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), by catching their productions running until 3rd December. #supportlocal

One film to check out is local film veteran K Rajagopal’s “A Yellow Bird” (1st December), the story of an ex-convict who struggles to re-integrate into a society that rejects him. 

Sharing the spotlight with this and other Singaporean-made films are also independent foreign productions. Check out the full list of films and watch their trailers to see which ones pique your interest!


4. Find out how you can produce your own films


Attention, budding filmmakers – ScreenSingapore might just be the little push you need for your big break. From the financing of films to pushing of projects to the international market, the event from 7th to 9th December will bring you numerous insights about the industry –  thanks to conferences held by an experienced international panel. You’ll also gain valuable networking opportunities there.

Find out more about ScreenSingapore here.


5. Get a sneak peek into tomorrow’s biggest TV shows


Asia TV Forum Singapore Media Festival

TV serials have really stepped up their game, especially with Netflix with an entrant into the market. All of a sudden, we’re getting an influx of great TV, with solid storylines and even better acting and cinematography. For a peek into the next big thing, the Asia TV Forum from 6th to 9th December is the event for you. 

With speakers from large companies like MediaCorp and Hulu, the series of talks will include discussions on media content in today’s TV market, innovative new concepts for entertainment, and more.

Find out more about Asia TV Forum here.


Singapore Media Festival – bringing the best of media


Singapore Media Festival

With food, films, and fresh perspectives from industry insiders, Singapore Media Festival is one event you’d want to strike off your 2016 festival bucket list – pronto. Quick, head down to enjoy this ode to screen media – before you miss the chance and have to wait all the way till its third run next year!

Find out more about Singapore Media Festival here!

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