Asian Academy Awards to Be Held at Singapore Media Festival


The Singapore Media Festival (SMF) has added the Asian Academy Awards (AAA) to its lineup of constituent events.

The Asian Academy Awards will take place this year from December 6 to 7. Hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), the SMF is the home of established constituent events, including the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore and the IMDA-led SMF Ignite.

The SMF will return for its fifth edition from November 28 to December 9. The AAA will recognize quality broadcast, OTT, short-form and immersive media content from across the region, including from Singapore, Australia, China and South Korea. The AAA is also committed to nurturing future generations of storytellers through its Skills Development Program. The program includes case studies, internships, master classes and industry panels. Up to 23 interns from Singapore’s institutes of higher learning will be invited to participate in the production of the AAA as part of the Skills Development Program.

Christine Fellowes, the managing director of networks for the Asia Pacific at NBCUniversal International Television, will be the chairperson of the AAA Skills Development Program. Ricky Ow, the president of Turner Asia Pacific, will be the AAA’s inaugural chairman of awards.

Robert Gilby, the chairman of the SMF advisory board, said, “We are delighted to welcome the Asian Academy Awards to the lineup of the SMF. The AAA will be a key platform to showcase outstanding Asian content and talent to the world, and complements SMF’s commitment to recognizing creative excellence.”

Michael McKay, the president of the AAA, added, “The Asian Academy Awards is particularly proud to form part of the established Singapore Media Festival. It’s a perfect environment in which to celebrate excellence in content-making across the region, but also to encourage the next-gen content makers through our Skills Development programs. The IMDA’s support of this event and its skills programs is a tremendous contribution to the industry, not only in Singapore but regionally as well.”