Singapore Media Festival returns on Nov 23 and will spotlight Indonesian stories and talents

Mr Robert Gilby (right most), chairman of Singapore Media Festival Advisory Board officiating the opening of ATF and ScreenSingapore 2016.
Mr Robert Gilby (right most), chairman of Singapore Media Festival Advisory Board officiating the opening of ATF and ScreenSingapore 2016. PHOTO: MCI

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Media Festival (SMF) returns for its fourth edition from Nov 23 to Dec 3.

This year, the festival is introducing the Country Of Focus programme, which highlights the talents and achievements of a single country. The Country Of Focus for 2017 will be Indonesia.

The festival is an umbrella event hosted by IMDA, and comprises the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market, ScreenSingapore, SMF Ignite, and Asian Television Awards.

Mr Robert Gilby, chairman of the SMF advisory board and managing director of The Walt Disney Company (SEA), said in a press statement: "Introducing a Country Of Focus programme is all about creating a bold platform to showcase the quality and variety of creativity originating from that country, and affirming its strong community of creators who continue to push boundaries and explore more collaborations between the country, Singapore and the rest of the world."

He added: "South-east Asia is a region rich in potential for great storytellers, and we see the importance of amplifying these voices on the global stage. Singapore and Indonesia commemorate 50 years of bilateral and diplomatic relations in 2017, and in recent years Indonesia has proven to be a vibrant source of great content, talent and stories. It is timely that SMF marks its first Country Of Focus with Indonesia."