Singapore steps out
The international ambitions of ScreenSingapore are apparent in its choice of films, guests and the key players behind the island-state’s first foray into staging a global film confab.
ScreenSingapore’s board is headed by Greg Coote, chairman of Latitude Entertainment, and includes some of the biggest names in the region, such as Hyde Park Entertainment’s Ashok Amritraj, helmer and producer Shekhar Kapur and Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner.
“It is the first year of ScreenSingapore, but if you look at the attendees, it’s an incredible list of international participants,” says Werner. “There are a lot of people now coming to Singapore — a whole range of people who might not have thought about (it) before.”
ScreenSingapore kicks off June 5 with Zhang Qi’s actioner “The Devil Inside Me,” and Tom Hanks will be on hand June 11 for the red carpet gala of “Larry Crowne.”
Asia has several major fests, with Tokyo, Pusan, Hong Kong Filmart and other regional events all vying for attention. But Werner says ScreenSingapore is not about competing with other events, but rather about emphasizing the Southeast Asian area.