Singapore/Jakarta. Two projects from Indonesia won big at last week’s Asia TV Forum and Market, or ATF, and ScreenSingapore. Both were part of the Singapore Media Festival hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3.
Filmmaker Delon Tio won three awards for his feature film project, "The Hunted," at the Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market (SAFF Project Market), a key event which fell under ScreenSingapore.
The film won the Aurora Producing Award for production and the Yellow Box Soundscape Award for post-production, each worth $15,000. Yellow Box Studios itself is one of Southeast Asia’s top music and audio houses.
The other award "The Hunted" took home was the Red Digital Cinema Award, which provides a 20-day loan of a Red Scarlet-W camera kit worth $25,000.
The film ended up winning three out of four awards at SAFF Project Market. The Phillippine film project "Mina-Anud" by Bianca Balbuena and Bradly Liew grabbed the Basecamp Color Prize, which was a $10,000 award for color grading.
This year, SAFF Project Market received submissions from 16 countries. Delon’s film is one of five Indonesian projects that made it to the competition's final stage. The finalists did not only compete for prizes but also had the opportunity to find partners and investors.
"The Hunted" will be an action-thriller about four girls who find themselves stranded on an island after being drugged at a rave party. They are chased by two hunters who have paid large sums of money for the "ultimate hunting trophy." The girls must do anything to survive, even if it that means turning into hunters themselves.
Speaking to reporters on Friday (01/12), Delon said that the project is still in the script development stage. He targets to have the first draft ready by February and start the casting process in March.
Delon, who will be the director and co-producer of the film, plans to cast actors from various countries, hence making the film an international project. He said that he will consider actors from countries where his partners are based.
"An investor from China has expressed interest to finance the project, so I may cast a Chinese actor to appeal to their market," said the "Macabre" and "Where the Road Meets the Sun" producer.
"The Hunted" is expected to be released in cinemas in 2019.
Taking Game Shows Overseas
Delon was not the only successful Indonesian creative talent in Singapore. Television show producer Gammaliel "Gammy" Paulus won the ATF Formats Pitch for his game show project, defeating 50 entries from 13 countries.
Gammy bagged SG$3,500 ($2,600) in cash and a SG$16,500 consultancy package tailor-made to develop the format, making it pitch-ready for broadcasters.
The show he proposed is named "Ranking," where participants have to guess the correct order of a ranking in return for prizes. Besides the excitement value that comes with game shows, it also serves to dish fun facts and information to viewers.
"The game is very easy because it is about common knowledge. The simplicity of it impressed the judges," he told reporters on Friday.
To further develop the format, Gammy will work closely with British independent production and distribution company All3media International.
The opportunity is in line with Gammy’s plan to target the European market. He said that Europe is still an attractive market for game shows. He would consider pitching the project to Indonesian broadcasters, but it is not his priority.
Having spent more than 20 years in Indonesia’s television industry producing all kinds of programs, Gammy said that game shows’ popularity has declined in the past few years. They used to be big in the 90s and early 2000s, yet the current trend is more geared towards reality shows.
Moreover, he observed that the remaining game shows mostly lack intellectual value. Instead, they favor physical action or public ridicule.
"It is difficult to sell game shows here. That was why I joined ATF in the first place," said the current creative director and producer of Goodthings Production and Subtube Studio.
"Ranking" is also aimed to be integrated with a mobile application.
"The audience at home can download the app and play along. The app can be just for fun, or it can be linked to the broadcaster so that app users can also win prizes. That part will be decided by the broadcaster," Gammy said.