Hear from industry experts on how to bring your ideas to screen through collaborations with creatives, producers and programmers. The panels will also discuss how to make content travel across borders. ⁠ ⁠Date and Time: Sat, March 25, 2023, 9:15 AM – 5:00 PM (Singapore Standard Time)

Place: IMDA Pixel (10 Central Exchange Green Singapore, 138649 Singapore)

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⁠Making Genre Films

Through the film-making experience of director Lester Hsi, this talk will share relevant experiences and methods from the planning and production process to cross-border collaborations. ⁠A Collaboration of Creatives

Based on the foundation of a screenplay, how to utilise directorial techniques and actor performances to make the story more complete, and to bring out the drama's story and characters to present them fully to the audience. Director Ong Kuo-Sin and actress Hong Hui-Fang will share how to transform a story into a visual work of art from the perspectives of a director and an actor.

The Business of Writing

You have a concept that a producer or production company is interested in bringing to the screen…now what? The panel will discuss the process of engagement between creators of IP and international producers and content distributors. Also, discover how the winning entries in the previous edition of RisingStories went from script to screen.

Making Stories Travel

“Hyperlocal” has become a buzzword in the streaming arena— local stories for local audiences. Where does this leave writers who want to go beyond their own markets and write for the international arena? What are the tips and tricks to make one’s stories appeal to an audience beyond one’s own shores? Our panel of international experts share their perspectives on creating work that resonates within multiple territories.

SPEAKER PROFILES(alphabetical by surname)

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Peter Choe, Founder and CEO, Blintn. South Korea 


Peter is the founder and CEO of Blintn, the world’s largest B2B database of film, tv, and IP, serving the Media and Entertainment industry with over two million content. The database helps media professionals discover hidden gems with its data insights and curation. He is also a seasoned Media and Entertainment attorney.

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Samm Haillay, Producer and Consultant. United Kingdom


Samm has produced eight feature films, all of which received red carpet premieres at award festivals like Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Sundance. He is currently Head of Film at New York-based finance house ViewPark and delivers story consultancy, mentoring and training through several industry leading bodies.


Hong Huifang, Actress. Singapore


Huifang is a familiar face on Singapore television and has received numerous acting nominations and wins throughout her 40-year career. Recently, she won Best Actress at the 8th Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles and was nominated in the Golden Horse Awards for her performance in the Korea-Singapore film Ajooma.


Lester Hsi, Director. Taiwan


Lester has worked extensively in television commercials, television series and films. He made his big-screen debut with the highly-acclaimed The Bridge Curse《女鬼橋》, which has the distinction of being one of the most popular Taiwanese shows on Netflix’s global movie charts.

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Lee Thean-jeen, Managing Director, Weiyu Films. Singapore


An award-winning showrunner, screenwriter, and director of over 30 years, TJ is the creative force behind iconic Singapore shows like Code Of Law128 Circle, and the internationally-lauded This Land Is Mine. Through Weiyu Films, he seeks to grow their investment in original IP content that will connect with global audiences.

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Anna Luo, Marketing and PR Manager, Studio76. Taiwan


Anna has been responsible for the media public relations and marketing promotion of numerous television series and films. Prior to heading the marketing and PR department of Studio76, Anna gained her experience at various companies specializing in public relations as well as film and television companies. 

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Ong Kuo Sin , Executive Producer-Writer-Director. Singapore


Kuo Sin has worked in a diverse range of genres and mediums, from documentaries to scripted drama to feature films in the course of his over 20-year career. His feature film, Number One 男儿王 won the Golden Horse Award for Best Makeup and Costume Design. He is currently working on Mediacorp’s longform drama Sunny Side Up.


Dinesh Ratnam, Senior Director—International Business Department, iQiyi. Southeast Asia/China


Beginning his career as an investment banker covering the technology, media and telecommunications space, Dinesh helped spearhead iQiyi’s international foray into Southeast Asia and played a key role in establishing its presence in the region. He is also iQiyi’s Country Manager for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

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Tan Kheng Hua, Actress and Producer. Singapore/USA


An award-winning actress best known for her performances as Margaret in Phua Chu Kang and Kerry Chu in Crazy Rich Asians, Kheng currently shuttles between Singapore and North America, where she is filming Kung Fu for Warner Media. She is also a prolific theatre, television and festival producer. 


Dennis Yang, Managing Partner and Founder, Studio76. Taiwan


With over 20 years of experience in the digital entertainment business and creative operations in the Greater China and Asian markets, Dennis’ recent productions as producer have garnered wins at regional awards shows like the ContentAsia Awards, the Asian Television Awards and the Asian Academy Creative Awards.