Singapore MDA’s shortlists The Harvest and Cooktales for funding, inks new US$50m JV fund

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Santa Monica, California – Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) announced that it has shortlisted two projects – The Harvest (working title) and Cooktales (working title) – for funding under its International Film Fund (IFF). The Harvest, a stereoscopic 3D thriller-horror about the misadventures of a group of backpackers, is to be produced by Singapore’s Blackmagic Design Films with Australia’s Goalpost Pictures. Blackmagic Design Films is the film arm of post-production company Blackmagic Design, which has won several awards for its work on global television commercial campaigns. The company is in the midst of producing its first stereoscopic 3D feature film Bait, also with Australian partners, namely Arclight Films, Story Bridge Film and Pictures in Paradise. Cooktales, an epicurean drama set in the food paradise of Singapore about a coming-of-age tale of an amateur cook who at the same time has to deal with the twisted fate of his family, will be a film directed by Gina Kim (Never Forever). This is the second collaboration between Bang Singapore and Korea’s CJ Entertainment following Neon Sign, a project that was announced at last year’s American Film Market. IFF was launched by MDA in 2009 to encourage Singapore-based production and post-production companies to executive produce and/or co-produce films of global appeal with international partners. Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop is a distribution partner of IFF. IFF has since supported two projects, namely Bait and Neon Sign. Bait, a stereoscopic 3D thriller about a pack of hungry tiger sharks and the first official co-production under the Australia-Singapore Film Co-production Treaty, has been pre-sold to 24 territories. Principal photography commenced in October 2010 in Australia’s Gold Coast. The Singaporeans among its international cast include Asia Television Award Best Actor Adrian Pang and MediaCorp’s leading man Qi Yuwu. The film is targeting for release in 2012. Neon Sign is the first Singapore-China-Korean film co-produced by Bang Singapore and Korea’s Nabi Pictures. Backed by CJ Entertainment and Beijing Film Distribution, the film by Korean-Chinese director Gam-sung Pil is about a scandal-plagued Korean star who flees to Yunnan, China where he finds redemption and is slated to hit the cinemas in 2011. In addition, MDA signed a memorandum of understanding with CJ Entertainment (CJE), Bang Singapore (Bang) and Asia Media & Technology Capital (AMTC), paving the way for a US$50 million slate of films to be produced out of Singapore over five years. The film slate, which will be primarily sourced and produced by CJE and funded through a joint venture between CJE, AMTC and Bang, is expected to generate significant activity for Singapore film companies and talents covering the complete value chain of developing, investing, producing, and promoting of successful films.

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