Singapore Film Fest Draws Hollywood Attention
The inaugural ScreenSingapore, a seven-day film event on Sentosa Island, launched Sunday with a screening of Zhang Qi’s action film “The Devil Inside Me.”
With international markets making up the bulk of worldwide box office — and growth in the Asia-Pacific region particularly strong — the hybrid film market/business fair/film festival is drawing its fair share of attention from Hollywood, with screenings of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “Super 8″ and “Larry Crowne” planned to unspool at the fest.
“Singapore is a great place to situate and doing projects out of,” says Hyde Park Entertainment chairman and chief executive Ashok Amritraj, who also serves on ScreenSingapore’s board. “It’s not necessarily that the entire Asian film industry revolves out of Singapore, because obviously China and India and South Korea are bigger film communities. But it’s a wonderful platform and a gateway to each of these places.”
Speakeasy caught up with Amritraj, whose Hyde Park Entertainment has an office in Singapore, prior to the event.