Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

ScreenSingapore located in Southeast Asia is a marketplace for filmmakers, producers, distributors, financiers and film buyers to seek financing, realize co-production opportunities, make deals and stay abreast of the evolving film landscape. Following achievements from the 2018 event, ScreenSingapore will once again host the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market through December 6 at Marina Bay Sands, in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshop (TTB), to connect promising filmmakers and producers from Southeast Asia and Europe with international co-producing partners, festival programmers, distributors, commissioners, and financiers. ScreenSingapore is a part of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) and more information is available at

Asia TV Forum & Market in Singapore

Dr. Gong Yu of i@IYI opens the conference portion of the convention with the Opening Keynote, “China: Streaming the Future.” Other conference topic highlights are Might of India: The Reliance Rulebook, Traditional vs Digital: The International Expression and Delivery of Chinese Stories, Digital Monetization Part I – The Geographical Grip, Digital Monetization Part Ii – Genrefication, Strategy Focus: The Youtube Story, The Money Train: Streaming the Future, and other topics not mentioned here. Other speakers taking part in the convention include Shibasish Sarkar, Reliance Entertainment; Giorgio Stock, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks; Abhi Rastogi, 108 Media; Justin Deimen, 108 Media; Sabrina Duguet, all3media International; Jinyoung Choi, Business Team Anipen; Yoshiya Ayugai, August Media Holdings Pte Ltd; Deepak Dhar, Banijay; Ariya Banomyong, BEC World; Rob Gilby, Blue Hat Ventures; Dahye Son, Channel A; Cao Yifei, China Television Corporation; Jin Woo Hwang, CJ ENM; Jully Kim, CJ ENM; Wootak Lee, CJ ENM; Bobby Chinn, Chef/Restaurateur/Cookbook Author; Jimmy Kim, Genflix; Avril Blondelot, Glance; Quark Henares, Globe Studios; Michael Lewis, Gojek Entertainment Group; Eunee, Grafizix Colk Ltd.; Chris Knight, Gusto TV; Vishnu Mohta, SVF; Lo Ting-Fai, HK Television Entertainment Co. Ltd., Nick Walters, Hopster; Wang Zhen, Hunan Golden Eagle Cartoon Media Co; Heychung Eun, IMTV; Junghyun Shon, Wonderland; Graeme Stanley, Insight TV, and so many other scheduled speakers that are not named here.

Since its launch in 2015, the SAFF Project Market has become another regional platform for established and upcoming content creators to come together and present their projects to the international marketplace. With approximately half of the projects coming through its ranks having been produced, in production, or acquiring financing, the SAFF Project Market has shown itself to be a destination in the region as a film financing platform for filmmakers working in Southeast Asia. PITCHES is an initiative aimed toward producers or anyone that works on content creation. It is a platform for participants to showcase their creative work through themed pitch groupings – ATF Animation Pitch, ATF Formats Pitch, ATF Chinese Pitch, Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Pitch. Gain valuable insights into current trends, meet influential personalities and exchange ideas with attending who’s who – all with prospects of turning pitch into a project.

Art Basel is a for-profit, privately owned and managed, international art fair staged annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Florida; and Hong Kong, selling the works of established and emerging artists. During the Miami Beach edition of the art fair, From December 5-8, visitors can expect over 268 galleries from 35 countries showcasing works of usually no less than 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. A sister fair of the original Art Basel, founded in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, the Miami Beach edition has been an annual fixture in early December since 2002. Literally speaking, Art Basel refers to the singular fair held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but in a more figurative sense, Art Basel engages numerous venues throughout the city hosting satellite fairs, parties and events in a week that’s become known as Miami Art Week.

At Art Basel Miami Beach 2019, the exhibition space at the Miami Beach Convention Center is divided into sectors: Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Survey, Meridians and Magazines. The sectors divide the fair into separate curatorial spaces. Galleries serve as the centerpiece of the show. Nova exhibits new, cutting-edge works from emerging artists and galleries. Meridians curated by Mexico City-based Magali Arriola presents works including large-scale sculptures, installations and performance art. Kabinett focuses on a body of work by a single artist or a themed group exhibition. Survey is dedicated to art history projects ranging from solo shows to thematic exhibitions. There are also a series of conversations throughout the week ranging from panel discussions to lectures. A Public sector is sited at Collins Park in collaboration with The Bass and features sculptures and site-specific installations. The Public sector is free and open to the public.

Fang Lu with ‘Cinema 2013’

Art Basel’s Conversations series offers panel discussions on topics shaping the global contemporary art scene. In brief, topics titles on the program for discussion from December 5-7 include Artists’ Influencers, A Global Art Market in a Nationalist World? How to Reach New Collectors, New Ways of Seeing – Photography Now, Confronting Climate Change Denial, Art and Social Media – a Stormy Relationship? Art Basel covers artworks in various media. Among them are Installation, Mixed Media, Other Materials, Painting, Performance, Photography, Prints and Multiples, Sculpture, Video/Film, Work on Paper. Within the category of motion picture and/or digital media, Miami based Filmgate will offer two virtual reality projects and interactive sound installation. The Nucleo Concordia exhibit is an interactive sensorial spatial sound installation with original audio sequences, produced with analog synthesizers exclusively created for the piece. The two VR projects are Runnin’, an interactive VR dance party, driven by Reggie Watts and John Tejada’s music track “Runnin’,” and ‘BeachBody Bros,’ a four-minute musical journey depicting a world of pure muscle and intense strength produced through Oculus technology. There are also video/film exhibits, notably Carolyn Lazard’s ‘A Recipe for Disaster, 2018’ (27 min); Fang Lu (photo above) with ‘Cinema 2013’ (19 min); Daniele Puppi offers ‘American Song, 2019’ (3 min).

Art Basel has initiatives that concentrate on the broader art world. They are three main initiatives: Art Basel Cities, BMW Art Journey, and Crowdfunding. Art Basel Cities is a project between Art Basel and cities worldwide to create cultural events and programming throughout the year. BMW Art Journey Award is a grant that supports emerging creatives and enables them to go on an artistic journey of their own definition. The Crowdfunding Initiative is a partnership between Kickstarter and Art Basel to provide visibility and generate support for projects from non-profit organizations around the world. Another aspect of the Art Basel initiative, The Art Market, is a global art market analysis covering all aspects of the international market and highlights the most important developments in the previous year. The first report was published in 2017.

Dubai International Content Market

Dubai International Content Market offers global and regional media and entertainment companies the opportunity to expand their business, showcase new content and services, meet with key end-users and buyers, develop partnerships and increase visibility and sales within the Middle-East, Africa and beyond. This event, happening at Dubai’s iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel, brings together content from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and North and East Africa, and is set to welcome over 350 buyers representing TV stations, OTT platforms, mobile operators and in-flight entertainment. DICM is organized annually by Index Conferences and Exhibitions, a member of Index Holding. An initial keynote speech will be delivered by Rachelle Peterson, WarnerMedia – CNN International, on Global Streaming Players and Local Content, will be part of the panel discussion about ” Global Streaming Players and Local Content”.

Through its program, Dubai International Content Market targets professionals involved in the TV, film, animation, kids programs, internet content, mobile content, social media, creative art, interactive entertainment, comics, apps, and digital media content industry with a suitable platform to conduct business. In 2019, the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) and Dubai International Content Market (DICM) have announced a strategic media partnership to support the content industry in the UAE and the Middle East region. Dubai International Content Market offers global and regional brands in the field of media and entertainment the opportunity to extend their businesses, launch new products and services, meet with key end-users and buyers, develop partnerships, increase visibility and sales within the region

Visitors can discover the latest trends, news and updates in the Content World, view and interact with content made available from over 150 exhibiting companies, attend panel discussions, conference sessions and exclusive screenings, meet and network with over 1,500 top-level media executives from over 55 countries that will also serve as an audience of media enthusiasts, producers, influencers to promote a company’s activity and intentions concerning imminent media projects. In 2019, a partial listing of exhibiting companies that plan to be in attendance will include Yomiuri-TV Enterprise, Warner Bros, TV Tokyo, Toonz Animation India, The Africa Channel, Showlab, Orange Media, Mounia Aram,, Media Group Ukraine, Manga Productions, L’Infini Productions, Issam Hijjawi Productions, IndiaCast, H Culture, France24, France TV Distribution, Dubai Media Inc, Digital Durian, Clue Media, Beyond Distribution, Animation For Art Production, Allspark – A Hasbro Company, all3media international, Al Wasaet, Abu Dhabi Media, A + E Networks.

Over two days of the conference portion that runs December 9-10, topics that are covered include, Global value for local content, Audience Engagement, A brief outlook of the state of the online subscription video market in the MENA region, Cinema Expansion in Saudi Arabia, Special screening session by UK media giant – all3media internationals, Is it time to break borders and follow the success of Telenovelas or Turkish series? Content Creation in the Arab World. Dubai International Content Market offers global and regional brands in the field of media and entertainment the opportunity to extend their businesses, launch new products and services, meet with key end-users and buyers, develop partnerships, increase visibility and sales within the region. The Content Market will be open to selected registered Trade Visitors in the field of Film and Television.

VRX 2019 is an immersive tech B2B event, happening in Burlingame, a city located on the San Francisco peninsula, which is gathering 800+ professionals across enterprise, consumer entertainment, gaming, technology, and investment to discuss how XR can bring ROI and propel businesses forward. VRX Conference and Expo is presenting this convention from December 12-13 for debate between some of the world’s largest brands and investors to discuss strategies for getting XR successfully integrated into the workplace, the public domain and into people’s homes. The convention hopes to guide speakers and attendees to join forces to realize the best applications of VR & AR/MR that are a fit for their customers. Discover the types of content proving most popular and relevant in the consumer and enterprise markets and where XR can provide the biggest value. Companies slated to set up exhibit boots to showcase their cutting edge achievements in VR/AR/MR will include, 3lb Games, AMP Creative, Filament Games, Firefly Dimension, Holo-Light, HP, ImmersiveWorlds LLC, IO Industries Inc., Look On Media, SpringboardVR, Tipping Point Media, and others.

Invited enterprise- and consumer-focussed XR practitioners are brought in to share content, data, marketing and integration strategies to offer a blueprint to an immersive tech transformation. Attendees are expected to learn which primary platforms, hardware and software solutions are taking immersive tech and content to the next level and where the tech gaps exist. Panels will debate when VR and AR/MR will go mainstream and dig deeper into the barriers holding back adoption and uncover how businesses across various industries are reacting to the shift to immersive tech and what impacts are being made with VR and AR/MR in day-to-day operations and productivity. Additionally, through various conventions inputs, discover where the real enterprise and consumer market opportunities are currently emerging and what’s up next. VRX 2019 is organized by VR Intelligence. The VRX events are the globe’s most influential VR & immersive tech business conferences. Since 2015, the VRX event series has brought together VR’s most influential business figures and thought leaders in major cities like San Francisco, London and Amsterdam.

Mood Indigo Mumbai

A multi-faceted arts and eclectic cultural festival happen at the end of December in the coastal city of Mumbai, organized primarily through the efforts of and on behalf of college students. Mood Indigo (named after the Duke Ellington jazz tune) has many performance categories that have been added to its program since it got its start in 1973. As mentioned before, MI has evolved an eclectic smorgasbord of performance and cultural activity to its programming over the years beyond music concerts, performing and even fine art presentations. In 2010, MI saw India’s first-ever Sumo Wrestling match, between three-time world sumo champion Byambajav Ulambayar and former world champion Naranbat Gankhuyag. MI has also included exhibitions of gramophones, photographs, and famous newspaper archives. In 2010 an exhibition of Harley Davidson bikes was organized. Workshops offered range from theater, jazz, waltz, salsa, belly dancing, star gazing, kickboxing, lasso twirling, photography, latte art to eating with chopsticks. The 2012 Mood Indigo promoted tribal culture and tribal practices and included a social initiative called ‘Hakuna Matata – Spread a Smile’. And fringe events by artists from various countries such as Israel, Canada, Korea, and the United States have offered drum circle, circus performers, jugglers, and mime artists.

At the 48th celebration of Mood Indigo in 2019 that will run December 26-29, event categories have been categorized as Pronites, Proshows, Pre-Mi, Workshops and Exhibitions, and Informals. Pronites is a showcase of the beats and grooves of the top EDM artists from across the globe with past from acts like Bassjackers, DJ Vinai, DJ Ummet Ozcan, Sander Van Doorn, Porcupine, Simple Plan, Clinton Cerejo, Karsh Kale, Rajhu Dixit, Sonu Nigam, Salim Sulaiman, Vishal Shekhar, and others. Pronites is further sub-categorized into EDM Nite, International Nite, Fusion Nite, Popular Nite. Pre-Mi will be workshops and activity in Scuba Diving, a trip to Snow Kingdom indoor snow theme park, SMAAASH youth arcade adventure outing, and trampoline sessions. Structured Workshops and Exhibitions will include Makeup Workshop, Dance Workshop, Tango Workshop, Film Making Workshop, Dramatics Workshop, Mandala Art Workshop, Acting Workshop, T-shirt Painting Workshop, Capoeira Workshop, Pepakura Art Workshop, Skateboarding Workshop, Mural Art Workshop. Informals at MI are mostly unusual activity events through the Adventure Zone and can include Zorbing, Paintball, Quad Biking, Hot air ballooning, Water Games, Laser Tag, Sumo Suit Wrestling etc. Other events organized include Baraat Dance, Street Races and Treasure Hunt. Another important facet to Mood Indigo is a social cause that is taken up every year to raise awareness within the general public about a particular issue faced by society.

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), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, directed by J.J. Abrams, with story by George Lucas, opens in North America later in the month. Next, ScreenSingapore/ATF, Fang Lu video exhibition at Art Basel, Dubai International Content Market, Mood Indigo Mumbai. Welcome to 2020 and the year actually gets off to a fairly busy start. In the new year the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) returns to Las Vegas, the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards will have television coverage from Los Angeles, NATPE Miami celebrates its 10th anniversary in Miami Beach, NAMM Show is in Anaheim, Sundance Film Festival returns to Park City, Grammy Awards in Los Angeles is music’s biggest night, Realscreen Summit and the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment come back to New Orleans, Variety’s Entertainment Summit joins CES 2020 in Las Vegas, the Vlog University conference to set up a successful video channel comes to Los Angeles. Best wishes for the holidays from The Actor’s Checklist!

Art Basel Miami, Dubai International Content Market, VRX 2019, Mood Indigo 2019 Mumbai, are calendar highlights in December’s media and showbiz industry events
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