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ATF: Malaysia’s ‘Terbalik’ Wins SAFF Project Market Prize

Variety logo Variety 12/9/2016 Naman Ramachandran
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SINGAPORE – Producer, Bea Tanaka and director, Yasu Tanaka of Malaysia’s 42nd Pictures won the Aurora Producing Award for “Terbalik” at the second Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) project market in Singapore.

The event, part of the Singapore Media Festival, wrapped up today.

The “Terbalik” team will receive an investment of $14,000 (SGD$20,000) towards the production of their project from Singapore’s Aurora Media Holdings.

A suspense thriller, “Terbalik” will tell the story of an acclaimed Malaysian actor who is found by sadistic village boys after a car accident. He is subjected to torture while being forced to play a movie character.

Tanaka said: “Beyond the benefits of winning the Aurora Producing Award, joining the SAFF Project Market has opened opportunities for funding and investment. With the guidance received and contacts made, ‘Terbalik’ is now well-placed to reach global audiences. We look forward to bringing Malaysia closer to the world through this film.”

Producer Trinh Le Minh Hang of Vietnam’s Skyline Media received the Imaginex Studios Audio Post Production Award for “Mamafia” from Imaginex Studios and Basecamp Films. The award consists of a full audio post-production package worth $35,000 (SGD$50,000) for the feature film.

The project is a comedy drama where a powerful mafia boss who is very protective of her only son, finds out that his secret girlfriend is in fact a gangster, and also the daughter of her biggest enemy.

Trinh Le Minh Hang said: “Winning the award was a pleasant surprise as we joined the SAFF Project Market mainly to test the international market’s appetite for Vietnamese films. The project market has been a good experience, as it has opened the doors for potential co-production and investment. Also, with inputs and tips from the various international experts, we look forward to improving on and adding more detail to the film’s script, so that it can travel further around the world.”

The SAFF Project Market is a partnership between ScreenSingapore, the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association, Ties That Bind and the Asia-Europe Foundation.

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