February 25, 2024

The second Asia TV Forum and Market IP Accelerator (AIPA) closed with four winners bagging prizes valued at more than S$80,000 ($59,700) from the three sponsors of the event.

The 108 Media Development Award of S$15,000 towards project development went to Thailand’s “My Chef in Crime,” a crime-comedy series by producer Bo Rattanavich and director Cheewatun Pusitsuksa of My Shot Co. Ltd.

Sasha Hunt, senior creative development executive of 108 Media, said: ” ‘My Chef in Crime’ masterfully integrates Thai culinary expertise with a captivating crime narrative, artfully accentuating cultural depth within its unique storytelling genre fusion.”

The dual prizes by Red Digital Camera and AV8 Media of camera package loans up to $50,000 went to “Pushkar,” a feature-length documentary of an ancient Indian town and its denizens by Singaporean director-producer Colin Wee (production company Two Lefthands) and to “What Do Mums Cook in Asia?” a reality-format program from Thailand on how to feed children multicultural meals, with unique insights into food practices across the region.

Lee Lim, managing director APAC at Red Digital Cinema and Himanshu Shah, managing director at AV8 Media said: “We were very impressed with the quality and diversity of the projects in the market this year. It wasn’t an easy decision for us, but we feel that the projects chosen were the best suited to benefit from the Red award.”

The Film Bazaar Award, which arose from a cross-market partnership with the NFDC Film Bazaar and the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) this year during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa, went to “Love Letter to Laos,” a globe-trotting feature drama from Canada and Laos. The project will be invited automatically to the 2024 edition of NFDC Film Bazaar as part of its curated co-production Market.

Vani Tripathi Tikoo, actor-producer and steering committee member, IFFI, said: “It’s an opportune moment between India and Singapore to be at the ATF this year and looking at the co-production projects as with with AIPA being at the Film Bazaar, the reciprocation between regions is happening finally. We look forward to this collaboration becoming more and more creative and collaborative in each edition.”

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