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MICEBTN - May-JULY 2016 • Page 31 Asian storytelling to dominate SMF, but film also is a winner ASIAN storytelling takes centre stage at the Singapore Media Festival (SMF), as Southeast Asia’s leading international media event returns for its third edition this year, from 23 November through 9 December 2016. Hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), SMF is a gathering of distinguished Asian media executives, plus a platform for regional creative talent to showcase content and interact with their fans. Robert Gilby, chairman of the Singa- pore Media Festival Advisory Board and managing director of The Walt Disney Company (SEA) said: “Asia’s diverse cultures, heritage and communities have led to the creation of inspiring and inno- vative stories that have both relevance and resonance with an international audience. SMF was established as a platform to identify and nurture the next generation of storytellers in this region, with guidance and mentorship from industry veterans from across Asia.” This year’s SMF constituent events include the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore (SS), and Asian Television Awards (ATA). “As the most diverse Asian film and tv media event, SMF presents unequalled opportunities to connect, partner and co-create with the best talent from across the region. We expect a bolder SMF 2016 that celebrates great storytell- ing from Asia and beyond. The festival will serve as an excellent springboard for global media players venturing into Asia, and for Asian media professionals seeking international exposure,” added Gilby. The 27th Singapore International Film Festival will continue to provide festival goers with the opportunity to learn the art of storytelling through film from the Asian directors-in-attendance and guest filmmakers, through programs like the Southeast Asian Film Lab and SGIFF Masterclasses. Notable veterans such as Terence Chang, who produced Mission Impossible 2 (2000) and the two-part Chinese language film The Crossing (2014-5); as well as Apichatpong Weera- sethakul, whose works have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards including the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010, were among the respected mentors in previous years. Singapore Media Festival returns for its third edition this year.. Events awards for Sunshine Coast QUEENSLAND’s Sunshine Coast has been successful in winning the right to host the Australian Event Awards from 2016-2018. The Events Centre in Caloundra will stage the awards in 2017 Novotel Twin Waters Resort in 2018. Ayers Rock Resort offers Uluru Astronomy weekend ASTRONOMY enthusiasts will be able to experience the Australian outback sky at Ayers Rock Resort’s Uluru Astronomy Weekend 26-28 August 2016. Now in its third year, the event is run in partnership with the Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and will be hosted by leading astronomers. The stargazing weekend will include fun family activities and demonstrations, an outdoor cinema experience under the stars, engaging discussions on astro-sta- tistics and the structure of the cosmos, astro-photography, Aboriginal astronomy and navigation, how the universe began, Einstein’s theory on space and much more. For a full astronomical experience, guests can join one or more of the optional Signature Events* including an Astro Trivia Lunch and the Stellar Starlit Dinner. This unforgettable dining expe- rience under the stars includes a bush tucker-inspired buffet accompanied by Australian wines and beers, a traditional Aboriginal dance performance and a guided tour of the night sky. “Australia’s Red Centre is arguably one of the best places in the world to explore the galaxies in the night sky, with its low humidity and minimal light pollution. This weekend will inspire both those famil- iar with astronomy and those new to studying the cosmos – it will be a true celebration of the southern night sky,” said Voyages chief executive Andrew Williams. Special accommodation rates apply for the Astronomy Weekend and visitors will also have the opportunity to experience Field of Light Uluru – the global light art phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro which is at Ayers Rock Resort until 31 March 2017. *Conditions apply.