Akan datang: A ScreenSingapore dilemma
At the film festival in Cannes last month, the Media Development Authority (MDA) announced the launch of Screen-Singapore. The aim of the film festival, said the MDA, is to become “the market and launch platform for international film releases in Asia and a platform for Asian content to be marketed to the world” as well as the venue for Hollywood studios “to showcase their summer product in the fastest-growing sector in the world”.
Attractive as it may sound, the film festival could present a major conundrum. Allowing in controversial films in as part of the festival could result in both domestic and international objections, while prohibiting these films could reinforce the strictness of controls and show that Singapore is a location where creative media should not set up shop.