Malaysia and Vietnam Garner Top Prize at Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market 2016

Published by Amzar Anizam @ 12/12/2016

Bea Tanaka and Yasu Tanaka (42nd Pictures) receiving the Aurora Producing Award from Jeremy Sim

ScreenSingapore, together with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshop (TTB), announced Terbalik (Malaysia) and Mamafia (Vietnam) as the top projects of the second Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market recently in Singapore.

Submitted by 42nd Pictures, Terbalik was awarded the ‘Aurora Producing Award’ which includes an investment of S$20,000 towards the production of their project from Aurora Media Holdings, one of Southeast Asia’s leading media and entertainment asset incubation, investment and management vehicles.

Terbalik is a suspense-thriller which tells the story of how an acclaimed Malaysian actor is found by evil, sadistic village boys after a car accident, and is subjected to torture while being forced to play a movie character. The boys then shoot the movie with their cellphones to make it viral.

Bea Tanaka, Executive Producer of 42nd Pictures commented, “Beyond the benefits of winning the Aurora Producing Award, joining the SAFF Project Market has opened opportunities for funding and investment. With the guidance received and contacts made, Terbalik is now well-placed to reach global audiences and we look forward to bringing Malaysia closer to the world through this film.”

In addition, Vietnamese comedy-drama Mamafia won the ‘Imaginex Studios Audio Post Production Award’ from Imaginex Studios and Basecamp Films. The award comprises a full audio post-production package worth S$50,000 for the feature film. In Mamafia, a powerful mafia boss who is very controlling and protective of her only son, finds out that his secret girlfriend is in fact a gangster, and also the daughter of the mafia boss’ biggest enemy.

This year, the film project market received over 100 project submissions representing various Southeast Asian nations. The shortlisted 15 finalists consist of films from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam, representing genres such as animation, drama, fantasy, thriller and romantic comedy.

Trinh Le Minh Hang (Skyline Media) receiving the Imaginex Studios Audio Post Production Award from Jonathan Ooi