MPA workshop addresses concerns of Asian filmmakers

2008 MPA Film Production Workshop

2008 MPA Film Production Workshop
2008 MPA Film Production Workshop
Mumbai: The 2008 Motion Picture Association (MPA) Film Production Workshop that ran on 11-12 November concluded yesterday with more than 60 young filmmakers and film students from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand in attendance.

The two-day workshop, supported by the Singapore Film Commission, had participants learning about international marketing and distribution and was also an opportunity for budding filmmakers to address industry concerns with the convergence and new trends of media.

Organized to help provide aspiring filmmakers with the necessary business know-how of feature film production, the MPA Film Production Workshop Program was first established in 1990, and has provided a strong foundation for hundreds of participants in Latin America. The expansion of the program was previously held in Beijing and Hong Kong for filmmakers in the countries and this year, for the first time, the MPA invited young filmmakers from around South East Asia and North Asia to attend the workshop which was held for the first time in Singapore.

"We are delighted to host and to organize the Film Production Workshop in Singapore this year as we have been doing in other parts of the region and world… The development of a robust industry in the region is very important in providing different viewpoints that would help people here and around the world in understanding that culture," said MPA president and managing director, Asia-Pacific Mike Ellis.

"The MPA Film Production Workshop is certainly a noteworthy event as Singapore moves forward with a vision to stimulate, develop and sustain a vibrant media industry in partnerships with many countries. The enthusiasm among the workshop participants to better themselves for the business environment of the film and entertainment industries has proven that we will have great talents to watch out for in the next few years. We are honored to be a part of this event," said Media Development Authority of Singapore assistant CEO (industry) Seto Lok Yin.

The workshop covered topics including techniques in pitching, script writing, storyboarding and the business aspects of filmmaking like marketing and distribution of the movies and other ancillary products.