Beach House, Clover Films receives support from the Singapore government
Canadian company Beach House Pictures and Singaporean producer-distributor Clover Films are receiving support from the Singapore government for their international outreach efforts.
The partnerships were supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) Enhanced Capacity Partnership Program. They will see Beach House, a factual entertainment company owned by Blue Ant Media, create a series of premium documentaries for streaming platforms and international broadcasters, including CuriosityStream in the United States.
Clover Films announced in August its partnership with Chinese streaming platform iQiyi on a list of four films online. One is a heartwarming Singaporean comedy “Reunion Dinner”, due for release on Chinese New Year in 2022. Another is an untitled horror thriller directed by Kelvin Tong.
These initiatives were announced on Wednesday by the Minister of Communications and Information, Joséphine Teo, guest of honor at the Asian Television Forum & Market and at the opening ceremony of ScreenSingapore, held in as part of the annual Singapore Media Festival hosted by IMDA.
The partnerships are expected to benefit over 80 local SMEs and over 500 media talent through job creation and development opportunities over the next two years.
Netflix, with support from IMDA, will host a series writing workshop in the first quarter of 2022. Up to 20 writers from Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia will participate in the virtual workshop, which aims to help writers to hone their writing skills for series.
The workshop will be moderated by industry experts Christopher Mack, director of Grow Creative at Netflix, and writer and producer Joe Peracchio.
Teo said six new Southeast Asian co-production films have been shortlisted for the IMDA Talent Advancement Program Content Development Grant. These include two collaborations each with Malaysia and Thailand, and one collaboration each with the Philippines and Vietnam. The films are overseen by Singapore-based producers of Akanga Film Asia, August Pictures, E&W Films, Threesixzero Productions and Zhao Wei Films, and are expected to be completed between 2022 and 2023.