ScreenSingapore to be held June 5-12

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Mon, 05/30/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Singapore is scheduled for June 5-12. The organizers have planned a long list of events including world international and Asia-Pacific premieres of prominent Hollywood European and Asian films through a series of red carpet gala and preview evenings. The opening night at Golden Village Vivocity will unveil a special presentation of the latest thriller The Devil Inside Me by director Zhang Qi and starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) and Kelly Lin (Reign of Assassins). Director Gordon Chan (Painted Skin) producer Abe Kwong Man-Wai (The Lost Bladesman) and stars Yan Ni Colin Chou Liu Yan Zheng Shuang Xie Nan and Bao Bei-Er will walk the red carpet to present new footage from the highly anticipated film The Mural while director Jingle Ma (Mulan) will be attending with actress Tang Wei (Lust Caution) to unveil the latest scenes from the Chinese action drama Speed Angel.

 Japan Night features two International Premieres: the Warner Bros' Japan live adaptation of Ai Yazawa's popular manga series Paradise Kiss starring Keiko Kitagawa (Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift) and Osamu Mukai. Actress Aya Omasa will be in attendance to present the film while Japanese singing sensation May'n (May Nakabayashi) will present her latest 3D concert Film May'n the Movie - Phonic Nation. An evening of action films presents the World Premiere of the latest Hong Kong martial arts comedy Treasure Inn which will see award-winning actor Nick Cheung (The Stool Pigeon) Huang Yi (The Legend is Born - Ip Man) Liu Yang as well as prolific director Wong Jing (God of Gamblers) walk the red carpet as well as the International Premiere of French film The Assault with actress Melanie Bernier and director Julien Leclercq in attendance. Two much-anticipated summer blockbusters will be showcased on Hollywood Night: the family comedy Mr. Popper's Penguins starring Jim Carrey and Super 8 J.J. Abrams' latest science-fiction thriller produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Ella Fanning Amanda Michalka as well as Kyle Chandler.

A tribute to Bollywood will see superstar Shah Rukh Khan present a sneak preview of his upcoming science-fiction superhero film Ra.One directed by Anubhav Sinha (Cash) while Asin will walk the red carpet for the World Premiere of the remake of Ready directed by Anees Bazmee (Singh is King) on June 9. A night dedicated to films helmed by Singaporean filmmakers will consist of two International Premieres: Where the Road Meets the Sun directed by award-winning Singaporean Yong Munchee and starring Fernando Noriega Laura Ramsey and Luke Brandon Field all of whom will be coming to Singapore for the occasion and the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Competition family comedy Jesus Henry Christ with actor Jason Spevack (Sunshine Cleaning) director and writer Dennis Lee (Fireflies in the Garden) and Singapore producer Sukee Chew in attendance.

 The closing night for ScreenSingapore will be dedicated to the Asia-Pacific premiere of Larry Crowne starring Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks. Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks who also directs and co-writes the dramatic comedy will grace the premiere held at the S$20 million refurbished Shaw Lido Theatre in the heart of Singapore.

The Asian Short Film Awards@ScreenSingapore on June 5 celebrates the art of short film story-telling and creativity by filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region. Running concurrently with ScreenSingapore the Awards aims to provide filmmakers with an opportunity to showcase their work to a global audience.

 In its inaugural year three-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone heads the jury comprising esteemed film industry professionals around the world including Eric Khoo Devesh Chetty and Maggie Lee to select the winning filmmakers out of the 90 entries that have been submitted from 15 countries and regions. The winning filmmaker will be announced at ScreenSingapore on 5 June and receive a cash prize of SGD$20 000 (USD$15 800) sponsored by RGM Media and an invitation to attend ScreenSingapore with accommodation and travel expenses covered.

The top 20 Finalists have already been selected by the jury and they comprise five entries from Singapore three from Japan one from the Philippines one from Malaysia two from Indonesia one from Taiwan one from Thailand three from China one from New Zealand and two from Hong Kong. All finalists will each receive complimentary ScreenSingapore Accreditation.

Expo@ScreenSingapore June 7-9 is a trade exhibition to provide a marketing platform networking opportunities for suppliers service providers buyers and entertainment media professionals as well as cinema operators to discover business opportunities partnerships and to be engaged in themed debates. This will take place over three days from 7 to 9 June with participating companies such as Christie Digital Distribution Workshop Fortissimo and Hyde Park Entertainment.

 Throughout the duration of the event ScreenSingapore will feature sneak preview screenings at major cineplexes - Golden Village Shaw and Cathay - where movie enthusiasts can be one of the first to catch these movies ahead of their scheduled release in cinemas.

 Some of the preview movies include The City of Your Final Destination (UK) directed by James Ivory starring Anthony Hopkins A Beautiful Life (China) starring Shu Qi and Liu Ye Brighton Rock (UK) starring Helen Mirren The New Daughter (US) starring Kevin Costner the Korean blockbuster hit Haunters (Korea) starring Ko Soo and Kang Dong Won and many more. ScreenSingapore