Asia Gaming Summit in Xinyi District Taipei covers the latest regulatory updates, licensing topics, developments, marketing and diversification trends and innovations in gaming, igaming, online casino, sports betting, esports and lottery in Asia. Asia Gaming Summit Taiwan (AGS) was launched three years ago from an underlying trend that Taiwan was fast becoming a major hub for the Asian gaming industry. Today, Taiwan’s regional role, infrastructure, and human resources are among factors that make it a destination for both regional and global operators, game developers and other service providers. AGS seeks to become a starting point to learn more about the opportunities that Taiwan has to offer and learn about the regional trends presenting opportunities. The Asia Gaming Summit (AGS) will explore the latest regulatory updates, innovation in payment and technology, as well as best practices in setting up operations and office in Taiwan.
Running November 5-7, agenda highlights at Asia Gaming Summit include, Future Direction of the Asian Gaming Industry, that will be addressed in sub-sessions, Regulation, Licensing and New Opportunities In The Region, Essentials to Stay Ahead of the Game, In-Depth Industry Round-Tables. Innovation Bootcamp for the Asian Gaming Industry, that will be addressed in sub-sessions, The Beating Heart – Payments and Technology, Go to Market Right and Boost your Revenue, In-Depth Industry Round-Tables. Post-conference Workshops, that will include workshops: The A-Z of setting up operation and office in Taiwan, and The way to a successful customer acquisition and retention strategy through social media.
Speakers will include a mix of Gaming Operators, Influencers, Regulator, Technology and Service Providers. You can expect to hear from Tim Shepherd, Fortuna Worldwide; Terence Ting, Team Flash; Stephen Hanna, ESIC (APAC); Rune Loderup, GoldBlue AB; Robin Le Prevost, LPC Ltd; Raymond Chan, Alphaslot; Ranjana Adhikari, Nishith Desai Associates; Paul Jackson, Kroll; Michael Maerz, Sportradar; Michael Charlton, GVC Group; Martin Williams, GamblingCompliance; Mark Chew, Reddentes Sports; Justin Widjaja, ONIC Esports; Jesper Jensen, iGaming Asia; Jaydeep Chakravartty, Nektan Plc; Jason Fung, Alibaba Sports; Harmen Brenninkmeijer, Dynamic Partners; Hai Ng, ESIC (APAC); George Lin, Lin & Partners; Frank Sliwka, German Esports Association; Erik Hellqvist, Wunderino; Eric Jou, ESL Gaming; Eduard Castell, La Liga; Dov Allin MarketingCrossMedia.Asia; David Lee, Lin & Partners; Curtis Matlock, Sintic; Christina Thakor-Rankin, 1710 Gaming; Calvin Yang, John Law; Calvin Shueh, Skill Gaming; Bryan Wu, Bitwork; Bhavesh Parthi, Asia Oppa Ltd.
The anticipated, annual film event that’s not quite festival, not quite conference, but mostly business opportunity — the business of independent motion picture production and distribution — set oceanside against Santa Monica beach. Generally, 8,000 plus industry professionals arrive in Santa Monica for deal-making, screenings, seminars, networking, and parties. Participants come from over 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the international press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry. Separate from the conference schedule, the AFM Industry Conversations are interactive and informative discussions led by Hollywood thought leaders, decision-makers, trendsetters and experts, and are free to anyone with an AFM Badge.
AFM has evolved over time from its early years, most notably adding a conference segment to its mainstay film market offering. But in addition to that there have been other innovations to keep pace with the quick movement of film recording and display technology. This year, the conference programming focuses on topics The Future of Film, Pitching Essentials: The 2-Minute Pitch, Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets, Made-for-TV Movies: Expanding Opportunities for Independent Filmmakers, Working with Sales Agents. A Writers Workshop section has programmed The Art of Cinematic Superstructure: Finding the Essential Turning Points in Your Screenplay and other topics. A recently placed Immersive Summit, this year led by Winston Baker, fields a group addressing, The XR Content Market: Where Do We Go From Here? The Palisades Stage hosts discussions that explore specialized topics and timely issues such as Animals in Film: From Script to Screen, Audiences Want More: Bringing Diverse Projects to the Marketplace. The Venice Stage presents unique opportunities to connect and learn in an intimate setting with topics such as Follow the North Star – A New Alliance for Film and TV Projects, and Creative Inclusion Meets Content Demand: Opportunities for Success in Storyteller Connection.
AFM is produced by the Independent Film and Television Alliance®, the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry and the voice and advocate for the Independents worldwide. The American Film Market (AFM) is the market partner of AFI FEST. The association between the two events connects art and commerce (more on AFI in the next story below). AFM badges will allow access to many AFI events, including all public screenings. AFI FEST badges will allow access to the AFM screenings. AFI FEST filmmakers, whose films are part of the festival, will have full access to AFM (and to be able to promote their film to the AFM participant distributors. Shuttle buses will move participants between Santa Monica and Hollywood. AFM hosts four networking receptions at the iconic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier. The AFM’s Carousel Cocktails provides a unique experience as participants connect and relax at the beach.
VR Days Europe is a three-day conference and exhibition on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality content, creativity, and innovation set in Amsterdam. The full program that gets underway November 13 offers a range of keynotes, expert sessions, workshops and seminars with more than 140 expert speakers from the worlds of health, tech, business, and the arts. VR Days has a priority to facilitate introductions, partnerships, and collaborations at slated networking events hosted by the Europe Enterprise Network. This year Matchmaking will take place November 14-15 at de Kromhouthal during the three-day event, but attendees will have the opportunity to arrange meetings ahead of time to have access to industry knowledge, key decision-makers and innovators in the XR industry.
In previous years speakers included CEO of High Fidelity Philip Rosedale, Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo, of USC, Miriam Reiner from the Israeli Institute of Technology Technion, The Guardian’s Francesca Panneta, Samantha Gorman from TenderClaws and others. This year the speakers list will include Mária Rakušanová, HTC VIVE Europe; Charles Nduka, Emteq; Rupert Breheny, Google; Siqi Chen, Sandbox VR; Ruben Feffer, Ultrassom Music Ideas; Brandon Harper, Microsoft; Agnieszka Wlazel, Impact Foundation / University of Leeds, and many others.
Within the 2019 program, VR Days Europe offers substantive segments that attempt to get at the rich promise that VR/AR technology has to provide both presently and into its imminent future. The Church of VR displays work from all around the world, both fiction and non-fiction, interactive and linear, putting on display the new developments in interactive storytelling. The Vision and Impact Conference presents ideas on how to influence the course of the future and create a real-world where everybody benefits from the Virtual Revolution. A Pain and Suffering Reduction Summit assembles scholars and practitioners to explore and chart a path to better understanding and using VR to address the universal challenge of pain and suffering. The Location Based Entertainment Summit (LBVR) as a new storytelling and gaming medium for LBVR (think Pokemon Go), and how LBVR has considerable potential in museums, theme parks, and arcades, and as pop-up style attractions. In How to foster innovation in the European Media and Cultural and Creative Industries? A panel explores how an innovative and successful European media ecosystem through the use of innovative technologies and science.
VR Days Europe fields participation opportunities through Open Calls. The XR Gaming and LBVR Content Market offer a stage to present three-minute pitches followed by one-on-one meetings to find investment, publishing and distribution within the LBVR and XR gaming space. The Halo Awards seek out outstanding and creative VR and AR content for Europe’s leading XR content showcase. A EUVR Meetup Summit, back for its fourth year, draws in XR ecosystem builders and facilitators. A Co-production market for unfinished work – IFFR Pro X VR Days – is run in collaboration with the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Startups can apply to enter the XRBASE startup competition to exhibit at the BASECAMP Startup pavilion providing free exhibition space to 10 selected startups. An XR Base Investor Event will allow eight XR Startups to have three minutes each to pitch their business to world-class VCs, followed by investor meetings and an invite-only dinner. The Revolution Pavilion offers the opportunity to research-based projects and innovative startups to exhibit on the trading floor reflecting project innovation grown through an academic environment showcasing demonstratable R&D that will transform the VR/AR sector.
EMC is an electronic music industry event serving the Asia Pacific region. There is a conference portion that is held for two days and the festival is held over five days and nights. Held annually in Sydney, beginning this year on November 13, the festival features parties, showcases, pop-ups and film screenings where over 70 artists perform across a variety of parties and venues, covering a range of different electronic music genres. The week-long program covering all facets of electronic music business and culture includes keynotes, In Conversations, workshops, masterclasses, breakout sessions and networking events. Additionally, there are five nights of after-dark parties, club nights, film screenings and pop-ups, showcasing the most notable artists of the year as well as new emerging electronic music artists.
EMC also co-hosts a forum called Global Cities After Dark in conjunction with Electronic Music Conference and VibeLab. Global Cities After Dark is a forum focussed on future nightlife. Global Cities After Dark is a one-day forum spotlighting night time culture from a global perspective. It is curated and presented via the partnership of Mirik Milan, Global Night Mayor Advocate and Co-Founder of VibeLab and Electronic Music Conference. Global Cities After Dark exchanges knowledge between international cities highlights best practices and focuses on future solutions for positive and thriving nightlife globally. Global Cities After Dark is supported by the City of Sydney, NSW Government, and The Ticket Fairy. EMC will be announcing further speakers and the program for 2019.
EMC Live is a segment of the festival that offers the stage to recently minted artists ready to display new sounds in various musical categories like house and techno to futuristic R&B and fruity pop. This year’s selected lineup out of many applicants includes Black Dahlia, Close Counters, CLYPSO, daste, Maina Doe, Planete, TYOOW, upsidedownhead, HI MOTIVE, Honey Point, Kult Kyss, PNK FME, Primary Being, Temgazi, XMPLR. EMC Festival applications to be considered for opportunities in the live performance showcase are always available through the EMC website. Opportunities are open to hosting a Showcase/Party/Club Night/Pop Up as part of the EMC Festival. EMC 2019 is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, NSW Government through Create NSW, City of Sydney, MusicNSW, Muzeek, Roland and TAME. 2019 speakers, program, special events will be continually announced, so sign up HERE for the latest news.
AFI is an American institution that has chartered itself to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. It preserves the legacy of America’s film heritage for future generations through the AFI Archive, comprised of rare footage from across the history of the moving image and the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative record of American films from 1893 to the present. In 2019, AFI will offer Gala presentations of Netflix’s ‘The Two Popes’ and Amazon Studios’ ‘The Aeronauts,’ directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. This year’s Tribute honors producer and director Alan J. Pakula, creator of iconic films of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Academy Award®-nominated Pakula will be celebrated with a screening of the new documentary ‘Alan Pakula: Going for the Truth,’ directed by Matthew Miele, along with screenings of three of his classic films, Klute, Sophie’s Choice and The Sterile Cuckoo. Melina Matsoukas’ “Queen & Slim” will open the American Film Institute’s (AFI) AFI Fest.
Other main program areas in which AFI celebrates innovation and evolution in film. In 2019, AFI inaugurates the AFI Summit structured as a six-day forum of intimate conversations and dynamic panel discussions will feature acclaimed and thought-provoking filmmakers, industry leaders and academics. The World Cinema section showcases cinema from the US and around the globe. This year features 16 titles representing 19 countries, as well as five official International Feature Film Oscar® submissions: Sweden’s ‘And Then We Danced’ (Director Levan Akin), Canada’s ‘Antigone’ (Director Sophie Deraspe), Poland’s ‘Corpus Christi’ (Boże Ciało) (Director Jan Komasa), Italy’s ‘The Traitor’ (Director Marco Bellocchio), Romania’s ‘The Whistlers’ (Director Cornlieu Porumboiu), and Germany’s ‘A Hidden Life’ (Director Terrence Malick). Midnight screenings will be programmed with cult and arthouse offerings from international filmmakers. Short films, curated from thousands of entries, will reflect the talents of emerging and established filmmakers from around the world in 40 minutes or less.
Festival-goers will be able to obtain available tickets online at AFI.com/AFIFEST beginning Nov 2 until the last day of the festival. Additional tickets will be available all day, every day through Closing Night online and at the festival’s box office. No pre-assigned time slot needed. Same-day tickets are only available in person at the AFI FEST AT&T Box Office or the Rush Line. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards. AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including this November’s AFI Fest presented along with longstanding partner Audi. AFI FEST holds the FIAPF accreditation (FIAPF.org), assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community. All feature-length films must be Los Angeles premieres. Films are ineligible for consideration if they have screened or are planning to screen in the Greater Los Angeles area prior to AFI FEST. Consideration to be screened in AFI Fest is handled through the website link at https://fest.afi.com/submit-your-film/ typically up to a month before AFI Fest begins.
The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), Paramount Pictures Terminator: Dark Fate, Tim Miller, Director, opened the first week of November in North America movie theaters. Next, Asia Gaming Summit in Taipei, AFM Film Market in Santa Monica, VR Days Europe in Amsterdam, Electronic Music Conference in Sydney, AFI Fest in Hollywood. Moving into December brings the speed bump of conference and convention event activity due to the upcoming holidays. Nevertheless, there is a limited offering of global events worthy to mark in the calendar. Dubai International Content Market happens near to Jumeirah Beach, BMI Maui Songwriters Festival, VRX 2019 immersive technology conference and expo happens in San Francisco, Content London Development Market and Conference happen in London, Asia TV Forum & Market comes to Marina Bay Sands, Games Gathering Conference is in Kiev.