The 19th edition of the Asia TV Forum & Market, hosted alongside the eighth edition of ScreenSingapore, officially opened in Singapore this morning with more than 5,500 executives from 54 countries expected to attend.
The event is hosting 760 exhibiting companies this year, with 19 country pavilions, among them Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Turkey.
“With the rise of Asia, this is the best time for talented Asian creators to embrace opportunities from the new order of the media world,” said Debbie Evans, president of Southeast Asia and Australia at Reed Exhibitions. “As a global company committed to Asia, Reed Exhibitions remains steadfast in our determination to invest and curate an effective face-to-face platform for the entertainment content industry that moves in tandem with market trends through these challenging but exciting times.”
Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, also spoke at this morning’s opening ceremony. “The Singapore Media Festival (SMF) and its constituent events are great avenues to celebrate the best in Asian storytelling,” she said. “The festival has grown from strength to strength with more than $1 billion worth of deals and partnerships having been inked here over the past five years. Over 20,000 delegates and festival attendees from more than 50 countries attended the festival last year, and we expect an equally strong showing this year.”
She concluded, “With all the exciting initiatives in place, we hope to position our local media companies for success. We welcome everyone to take part in building this ecosystem of strong Asian stories, and I wish everyone a fruitful time here at the festival.”