May 1, 2012
By Melody Uy
The Got Talent franchise may not be arriving on the shores of the Malay Peninsula anytime soon but there is funding aplenty for talented independent filmmakers with nothing but a script and a dream who can’t get an audience with Harvey Weinstein.
Thailand may be the leader of the Southeast Asia pack, but the players across the Gulf are quickly working up to a serious challenge. Malaysia, already a growing presence at content markets, is looking to attract foreign productions while simultaneously pumping a steady, growing stream of financial incentives to the local media industry. Singapore, with the combined strength and successes of its Media Development Authority and Economic Development Board in attracting foreign investment in the media and entertainment sector, is now looking to fund local filmmakers with little to no regard for potential box office returns. All they want is talent.