Filmmakers and National TV Stations May Submit Audio-Visual Productions with Original Music, Composers, Sound Designers May Compose for Films in FMC 2021

London, May 6, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – On March 28, FMC-Film Music Contest 2021 the unique international music competition and awards and one of the largest competitions of its kind in Europe expanding into Asia, has opened online registration for the regular and new competition categories.





1. Films, TV series, videos with original music

Film and TV creators, production companies, national and private television stations, independent creators and audio-visual content producers may also participate in the new year of the unique international competition and awards FMC-Film Music Contest 2021.

You may submit films, videos and TV series of any genre without regard to the date of their creation. This includes any experimental, animated, documentary sci-fi films, films for children or genre hybrids with original music.

The music is the main and most important component evaluated in these works.

Members of the prestigious international jury FMC 2021 will decide which films or television series with original music will be this year's finalists and who will be the overall winner.

"In the past, we have discovered many very interesting films, videos and serials in different genres from many countries around the world for this category. The works were often visually ambitious; however, we were mainly interested in the sound component of the film and the original music score. We also screened the finalists at the closing gala ceremony, and it was a genuine experience for all the international guests in the hall," said FMC Director Vlado Zeleznak Jr.

In the past, this competition category was dominated by American and EU production, but also included works from Australia and New Zealand.

"Since FMC is attempting to incorporate Asia, we believe that Asian filmmakers and television with their extensive and high-quality production will also sign up for this year's competition," added Vlado Zeleznak Jr.

You can submit your films and videos in mp4 format with a maximum file size of 500MB to this category with a maximum length of 10 minutes.

Registration around the world is already open online, directly on the official FMC website: https://www.fmcontest.com/product/films-videos-tvs-original-music/

The Deadline to enter Films, TV series, videos with original music is on August 31, 2021

2. Trailer Music "Iceland"

FMC in collaboration with talented film and video maker, photographer and traveler Vlado Lorinc brings a completely new opportunity for all musicians to create their creative idea and compose trailer music for the travel documentary "The way of inspiration Iceland".

Iceland – popular spot and prominent location for Hollywood blockbuster films or tv series (Star Wars, Prometheus, Game of Thrones, Star Trek: Discovery, Interstellar, James Bond-Die Another Day, Fast & Furious 8) will be a location for all our competitors who will be able to realize their creative compositional ideas without any restrictions.

The competition is open to composers, sound designers, producers, musicians without age limit who will be able to work on the film in their studios and subsequently submit a film with original music online to the competition for the evaluation process.

For many composers, this may be their first experience of working on a professional film and try the whole process of musical composition. They will have plenty of time to create an interesting and unique musical perspective and further enhance the experience of this film work about a unique Iceland.

We believe that the whole process will be fun for the competitors, enriching with the same chance to advance to the semifinals and finals or become an absolute winner.

Read more about the category here: https://www.fmcontest.com/trailer-music/
Online registration is possible via this link: https://www.fmcontest.com/product/trailer-music/
The Deadline to enter Trailer music category is on July 31, 2021.

3. Compose Music for the Animated Sci-Fi film "To the Pathfinders of the Universe" by filmmaker, artist and visionary Alexander Krasnov.

This film is a sequel to the successful film scoring category, where composers and sound designers will be able to compose an original composition for this visionary work.

"This video is dedicated to all the researchers of this astonishing and bottomless space called Cosmos. Whether it's a vanguard of spaceships discovering new worlds, or scientists broadcasting from their sterile observatories – all of them, day by day, are helping us get closer to a more holistic understanding of the Universe," said Alexander Krasnov author of the film.

Online registration is possible via this link: https://www.fmcontest.com/product/compose-music-for-the-animated-sci-fi-film/

The Deadline to enter Animated sci-fi film category is on July 31, 2021
Along with the opening of the competition, FMC 2021's official video trailer was also unveiled.
https://youtu.be/x4F-IgfQjJg

Who will judge and listen to competition entries?
An elite group of professionals from the EU, USA, Asia and Australia will be made up of representatives from the music and film business who actively work for national TV broadcasters, the largest Asian and Hollywood film studios, cultural or theater institutions, agencies as well as for Netflix.

Valuable Prizes
Organizers are proud that thanks to this year's exclusive partners as well as event partners the prizes will be in such a high value of more than 58 000 Euros.

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Media Contact:
Mgr. Vlado Zeleznak Jr.
Director, FMC-Film Music Contest, PRESS FMC
E: press@fmcontest.com

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India sees Huge Headroom for Growth Across TV and Digital

SINGAPORE, May 5, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – At the Asia Video Industry Association's (AVIA) recent Future of Video India conference, industry leaders remained upbeat on the potential for growth despite a painful 2020 which had seen a 25% drop in TV advertising revenue.

The conference opened with an overview of the Future of Video in India with Mihir Shah, VP, India, at Media Partners Asia (MPA). With learnings from the last year and economic resurgence picking up in certain sectors, MPA predicts that in the next 5 years, with every new incremental dollar in the region, India will have 35% share, almost evenly divided between television and online video. While cable in general is going through a structural decline, Pay TV subscriptions will grow both in value and volume and continue to offer scale for the traditional media players. And with more than 60 online video services in India, the total addressable market will continue to expand.

This local expansion is what Sunil Rayan, President and Head of Disney+ Hotstar, is eyeing, with their next stage for growth primed at developing their product for India, with pricing and content made for the local market. As India is a mobile first market which drives individual viewing, while OTT and TV is not a zero sum game, OTT content needs to be far more engaging for individual viewing. "Fundamentally, we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach for India because there are multiple Indias within India, said Rayan.

The sentiment of diversity and positive co-existence between the platforms was echoed by Megha Tata, MD of South Asia for Discovery Communications India. "India lives in several centuries at the same time," commented Tata, and this is not only the beauty and complexity of the market but also the opportunity to do more. While it is still a long way away before the demise of the TV, a differentiated content and product offering remains a key focus. "Content is the king… distribution is the god.., that play of god and king will continue but differentiation of content… will play a critical part in decision making," added Tata.

This focus on local content is also what drives the content platforms. Monika Shergill, VP of Content for Netflix India, shared that premium storytelling was a new space in India, as Indian audiences were open to experimentation and yet gravitating towards highly local tastes. "Our job and our passion is to find the best stories… the biggest stories… the untold stories from India and to become the service of choice for Indians in India… and in different parts of the world," added Shergill.

For Nimisha Pandey, Head of Hindi Originals, ZEE5, while the initial focus was on building volume, it has now shifted to adding to the diversity and scaling up the content offering. Pandey too saw the need to up the game on the regional market for the next set of growth. "There is… so much demand that… there is much hope for everyone… to grow their businesses," said Pandey.

As the market where the next billion consumers of video will come from, Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer of ZEE5 Global summed it up best when she said, "It is the decade of video."

Future of Video India is generously supported by Bitmovin, Brightcove, Kaltura, NETFLIX, Vindicia and Xandr.

About the Asia Video Industry Association

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

For media enquiries and additional background please contact:
Charmaine Kwan
Head of Marketing and Communications
Email: charmaine@avia.org
Website: www.avia.org
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/asiavideoia
Twitter: @AsiaVideoIA

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AVIA appoints Celeste Campbell-Pitt as its new Chief Policy Officer for the region

SINGAPORE, Apr 30, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) has appointed a new Chief Policy Officer to be based in its Singapore office, a first for the role.

Celeste Campbell-Pitt joins AVIA on Monday 3rd May, initially joining Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros, who will be retiring after a transition period. Medeiros, who is based in Hong Kong, and joined the Association then known as CASBAA, in 2005 as Vice President of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, has been Chief Policy Officer since 2013.

A key focus of AVIA is to represent the combined positions of its members and engage in constructive dialogue with governments so they may better understand the curated video industry and foster an environment of support for the growth of the industry. The Chief Policy Officer spearheads this goal, developing and executing policy initiatives relevant to the video industry, in consultation with and on behalf of AVIA member companies.

The role of the Chief Policy Officer has evolved over the years and has become a lot more critical as regulatory policies continue to develop alongside the sweeping changes the video industry has seen in recent years.

"This role is absolutely critical for AVIA and we have taken a long time to find the right person. While taking over from John who has made the role his own will be no easy task, I am delighted that we have found Celeste who has such a passion for the industry and a clear vision for how to build and develop the role," said Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA.

Campbell-Pitt comes with over twenty years of business and legal experience in the media and entertainment industry across both Europe and Asia. Prior to joining AVIA, she was consulting with various global media and technology companies as well as private equity firms who were looking to expand into the Asia Pacific region. Campbell-Pitt was previously the Vice President and Head of Business Development and Advertising Sales at Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, after her stint at Endemol Shine Asia Group as the Director and Head of Commercial and Operations. She has also held Senior Legal Counsel positions in international media companies including Star, Turner and Channel Four in the UK.

About the Asia Video Industry Association

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy through its Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

For media enquiries and additional background please contact:
Charmaine Kwan
Head of Marketing and Communications
Email: charmaine@avia.org
Website: www.avia.org
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/asiavideoia
Twitter: @AsiaVideoIA

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FMC 2021 is looking for Instrumental, Theatre, Video Game music compositions from around the world

London, UK, Apr 13, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – On March 28, FMC 2021- Unique International Music competition and Awards has opened online registration for the regular and popular competition categories "Instrumental Music", "Theatre Music" and for an exclusive new category "Compose Music for a Video Game".





1. Instrumental Music Competition

The competition is for Composers, Soloists, Instrumentalists, Chamber Groups (of any kind) Ensembles and Orchestras.

The competition is unrestricted, and musicians and players who play a classical instrument such as brass (trumpet, trombone and baritone), piano, classical guitar, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, violin or viola or any special cultural instrument may enter the competition.

Only original music compositions and works with a maximum length of six minutes may be entered in the competition. It is not a condition that the compositions have never been previously presented. They can be older music works which have already been presented at concerts, performances or other public forms or online. Of course, contestants may include brand new compositions which have not yet been presented publicly.

These can be studio or demo recordings, or live recordings of performances and concerts.

In this category, FMC is looking to discover new, talented musicians and composers and to reward their beautiful and original musical compositions. At the end of the competition, FMC then promotes the compositions on its official channels and at foreign presentations.

Registration in this category is open online, directly on the competition page, where you can find all the information you need and the registration form. https://www.fmcontest.com/instrumental-music-2/

The Deadline to enter original compositions in the Instrumental Music Competition is 31.8. 2021

2.Theatre Music

National, private and independent theatres, theatre institutions and organizations may this year also enter the category "Theatre music" with their performances of music for theatre. It is exclusively intended for theatre music. Any music compositions, including those which have already been or will be part of theatre performances, may be registered.

Studio, demo recordings or recordings from live performances of any type with a maximum length of up to six minutes will be accepted.

In addition to theatres, composers who work directly with theatres and compose original music to create an unforgettable theatre performance experience may also enter this

category. This also allows composers who are beginning this style of music and who may not yet have had an opportunity to create music directly for theatre achieve this goal.

"Theatres use a lot of interesting music in their programme structures, and much of it has already been heard in performances. We recognized this in previous years of the competition and are looking forward to this year's entries. The best compositions for theatre will be selected by an international panel of judges, who are eagerly awaiting to hear the music and decide on the winners," said FMC Director Vlado Zeleznak JR.

Registration for original theatre music is already underway online, directly on the competition website, where you can find all the information, details and registration form. https://www.fmcontest.com/theatre-music/

The deadline to enter Theatre Music competition is: 31.8. 2021

3.Compose Music for a Video game

New competition category for all composers, sound designers, musicians, music producers, etc.

Music and sound are an integral part of every video game. Fans of video games pay ever more attention to this and can appreciate whether music and sound design either completes or disturbs their ideal gaming experience.

"This will be a great opportunity for any musician who composes in this music genre or plans to work professionally in this field to create musical compositions for games and platforms but has not yet had the opportunity to test their skills and work on a real video game," said FMC Director Vlado Zeleznak JR.

"With this category, FMC wants to discover and uncover new musical talent in the industry. Several rising musicians who turned to us with this also influenced our decision to create this category. We are granting their wish and offering an opportunity to participate in an international competitive environment and compose music or design sound for the professional video game "Air Missions: HIND" from 3DIVISION video game development company. Composers will then have their music and sound evaluated by members of a prestigious international jury and the opportunity to win great and practical prizes which they can use in their recording studios," added Zeleznak.

Registration and submission of competition contributions is online.

Registration is already globally open, and anyone, regardless of age or nationality, may apply directly on the official competition website. https://www.fmcontest.com/music-for-video-game/

The deadline to enter Compose music for Video Game "Air Missions: HIND" is 31.7. 2021

Members of a prestigious international jury from EU, Australia, USA, Asia who actively work in the music and film industry will select the best compositions. Many of the jury are great instrumental players who have had their compositions used in various films, TV shows, projects, video games, commercials or concert performances.

Each finished and submitted composition involved in the evaluation process has a chance to win any of the prizes in the competition with a total value of more than 58 000 Euros. In addition to the Absolute Winners the jury and organizers of the competition, may propose special prizes for other competitors which will be announced during the announcement of winners. The winners will also receive original custom made trophies and certificates that will be a reminder of the competition and an award for their success.

FMC-Film Music Contest on Social Media: Facebook: facebook.com/FilmMusicContest Instagram: instagram.com/fmcontest YouTube: http://bit.ly/3oOaG48 #fmcfilmmusiccontest Media Contact: Mgr. Vlado Zeleznak Jr. Director, FMC-Film Music Contest, PRESS FMC E: press@fmcontest.com W: https://www.fmcontest.com

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AVIA OTT Summit 2021 – The Future of Video Streaming is Here!

Singapore, Apr 7, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The Asia Video Industry Association's (AVIA) OTT Summit – The Future of Video Streaming welcomed 900 delegates and featured over 80 industry experts and leaders across the four-day conference this year.

Opening the OTT Summit was the streaming analyst Matthew Ball, Managing Partner of Epyllion Industries, who presented a deep dive into the OTT industry in the United states, being the most mature, most competitive, and most valuable video market with the most consumptive media consumers in the world.

In his session he highlighted that new subscriptions continued to dramatically outpace churn and content was clearly the key differentiator. And while content was king when it came to subscriber acquisitions, as a market matures it exhibits an unmistakeable preference for local content, as seen across the likes of China, India, Russia and France. "The OTT video industry is ultimately about content and the ability to create hit content is not equal," added Ball. Another key point was the fact that aggregation was already here with services such as Apple and Amazon TV.

This aggregation has led to a change in the way platforms operate today. For Euan Smith, Group COO and CEO, TV, Astro, their role as a platform was finding the best content and packaging it up into attractive bundles for the consumers in the most simplistic and attractive ways. Emily Wee, VP of Content & Operations at TM Net, also shared platforms were no longer the gatekeepers, as there were many ways for the consumers to subscribe now. "For the consumer… there has to be real value that we as the middleman put into the equation."

Putting the consumer at the heart of everything remained a key theme throughout the Summit, especially when it came to content strategy. For Kranti Gada, COO of Shemaroo Entertainment, their strategy was two-fold, with differing content to acquire consumers, and to keep them on the platform, as content challenges to fulfil consumer needs remained. As Lynn Ng, VP and Head of Content, APAC at Discovery Inc. summed up, "Ultimately, it comes down to consumer love."

However, addressing and monetizing these consumers remains the big question for premium video advertising. While OTT and Connected TV have grown exponentially both in volume and share, there is still a lot of education to be done as there is a lot more diverse ecosystem in TV now. Shared Anita Munro, Chief Investment Officer at Mindshare APAC, understanding consumption, understanding audiences and knowing where viewing is moving to is key to creating more seamless consumer journeys and more immersive content experiences.

Rounding up the Summit, the technology panels also shared customer experience as the next frontier for innovation. For Raul Aldrey, Chief Product Officer at MediaKind, live sports presented the opportunity for hyper personalized experiences where fans could dictate how they wanted to interact with the content. Pankaj Kedia, MD, Emerging Markets, Dolby Laboratories, also saw a lot of opportunity for both content creators and service providers to uplevel their game, for higher engagement, consumption and monetisation. As Sunita Kaur, SVP, APAC, Twitch concluded, "Customer experience… is what is going to drive our future."

The OTT Summit is generously supported by Gold Sponsors Brightcove, Google, Irdeto, TV5MONDE, Xandr and Silver Sponsors Alibaba Cloud, Encoding.com, iWedia, Kaltura, Lionsgate, Mediacorp, MediaKind, NETFLIX, PubMatic, SmartLabs, Synamedia, Vindicia, WarnerMedia, Zixi.

About the Asia Video Industry Association

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

For media enquiries and additional background please contact:
Charmaine Kwan
Head of Marketing and Communications
Email: charmaine@avia.org
Website: www.avia.org
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/asiavideoia
Twitter: @AsiaVideoIA

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Film Music Contest 2021 and Awards: Registration in all categories is open

LONDON, Mar 30, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – On March 28, FMC 2021, the unique international music competition and awards and one of the largest competitions of its kind in Europe now expanding into Asia, has opened online registration.

Composers have another opportunity to showcase their talent in an internationally competitive environment. An exclusive jury, composed of professional composers working for Hollywood, Netflix and national televisions, will award the best composers, musicians and filmmakers. The prizes for this year's winners are values at a total of over EUR 58,000.

Along with the opening of the competition, FMC 2021's official video trailer was also un-veiled:
https://youtu.be/x4F-IgfQjJg

The main part of the competition is dedicated to music composers, sound designers, musicians, music producers, and music and cultural institutions. This year, FMC 2021 is also introducing the opportunity to choose a competing film and compose original music for it using unique creative and artistic concepts.

For the first time, the competition allows you to enter the video game world and compose music and design sound for an action video game scene.

FMC is looking to discover new musical talent from among the rising stars of film and TV music. It will also aid beginning composers to try out their work on a professional film or video game and test their skills in preparation for professional work in the film and music industry.

"For musicians, composers and producers who are already active in the industry, a competitive space provides the opportunity to showcase compositions for films, TV serials, commercials or video games. Musicians who enter the competition with their own original instrumental music will also be rewarded. We have also not forgotten about composers of theatre music," said FMC Director Vlado Zeleznak Jr.

Another part of the competition is dedicated to films, TV serials, videos from filmmakers, independent creators, and national or private television broadcasters. They can submit their audio-visual works with original music. The best will be selected by members of the international jury for the finals, from which a winning film, series or video with original music will then be awarded.

All competition categories and online registration forms can be found at the following link: https://www.fmcontest.com/enter-here-2/

About FMC-Film Music Contest

FMC-Film Music Contest is a unique international contest and music awards for composers of original music for Film, TV, Ads, Videogames, for sound designers, bands, musicians, producers, soloists in instrumental, theatre, electronic music, with no age limits and irrespective of nationality or country of origin. FMC rewards films, TV series, or videos with original music in a separate category which is designed for independent film producers, production companies, video creators, composers, or directors. FMC is regularly represented at the most famous film, TV and music international events, festivals and markets such as: Cannes Film Festival, March' du Film, Berlinale, NATPE, Musikmesse, etc. For more information, please visit: https://www.fmcontest.com/

About the Main Organizer, The GONG Art Company

The GONG Art Company as the main organizer has been working on cultural activities for nearly 30 years. Its portfolio includes organising many different cultural events. It has been cooperating with different Radios and TV stations in Europe. GONG has produced more than 500 tv episodes and music video clips. It has also produced just as many compositions in its own studio, the most successful of them being released on CD and receiving numerous gold and platinum awards.

FMC-Film Music Contest on Social Media:
Facebook: facebook.com/FilmMusicContest
Instagram: instagram.com/fmcontest
YouTube: http://bit.ly/3oOaG48
#fmcfilmmusiccontest

Media Contact:
Mgr. Vlado Zeleznak Jr.
Director, FMC-Film Music Contest, PRESS FMC
E: press@fmcontest.com
W: https://www.fmcontest.com

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“Hi, Mom” Set for Global Release on March 19 to Salute Motherhood Worldwide

HONG KONG, Mar 21, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – On March 19, the Chinese cinema hit "Hi, Mom" started its screening in 17 countries and regions around the world, including the US, Canada, the UK, Spain, China's special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.

Best known as a "hilarious tear-jerker", "Hi, Mom" is a time-travel comedy that tells the story of motherhood and family affection. According to information from Maoyan Entertainment, China's leading platform providing innovative Internet-empowered entertainment services, the film was directed and starred by hugely popular Chinese comedian Jia Ling. Since its premiere on the Chinese mainland during the Chinese New Year, the film has so far grossed RMB 5.3 billion(USD 814.3 million) in box office, making it the second highest-grossing film of all time in the Chinese market as well as one of the top 100 highest-grossing titles in the world.

Viewers who have watched the film say that what touches them most is how the film presents, in a happy, sincere way, the family affection of an ordinary person, something shared by all human beings. Many believe that "Hi, Mom" is so emotionally stirring that it deserves to be a gift dedicated to all moms across the world.

A key opinion leader noted when speaking of "Hi, Mom," "I think every story whether it's a science fiction story, or a contemporary drama, or something that took place in the 80s like "Hi, Mom," or something that take place 2,000 years ago, it's all about people, and people relate to each other emotionally."


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CITIC Telecom CPC Launches SmartCLOUD Object Storage Solution Based on Cloudian Object Storage Platform

HONG KONG AND SAN MATEO, Calif., Mar 18, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited ("CITIC Telecom CPC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK:1883), and Cloudian today announced that CITIC Telecom CPC is introducing SmartCLOUD(TM) Object Storage solution based on Cloudian's HyperStore object storage platform. The offering, which will be part of CITIC Telecom CPC's SmartCLOUD(TM) solutions portfolio, includes backup with ransomware protection, archiving and big data management. As a VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner with VMware Cloud Verified status, CITIC Telecom CPC's SmartCLOUD(TM) Object Storage solution further extends the array of service offerings running on a VMware-managed environment. CITIC Telecom CPC's customers will also benefit from Cloudian's limitlessly scalability, industry-leading security and cost effectiveness.

Enterprises face a growing challenge of efficiently storing and managing large volumes of unstructured data, including video and other multimedia content. At the same time, as data has become an increasingly strategic asset, it is also increasingly vulnerable to ransomware and other cyber attacks. As a result, CITIC Telecom CPC turned to Cloudian – via the VMware Cloud Provider Program – to provide a robust, modern storage foundation that would enable the company to continue delivering value-added services that address its customers' evolving data protection and management needs, including meeting various regulatory and compliance requirements.

CITIC Telecom CPC's SmartCLOUD(TM) Object Storage solution includes:

Ultra-secure data protection
– Offsite data backup with Object Lock for ransomware protection that creates an immutable data copy for fast, easy recovery of data in the event of an attack.
Data archive for compliance needs
– Addresses customers' regulatory and compliance requirements, including audits, with the ability to make data unchangeable for a set period of time.
Seamless accessibility
– Customers gain multi-cloud accessibility to datasets running on S3-based applications for greater convenience with lower overhead.
Scalable big data management
– Provides highly scalable, cost-effective storage for large datasets, with advanced metadata that facilitates artificial intelligence, machine learning and other analytics applications.

Great variety of connectivity options
– Supports connection with Internet, VPN (such as MPLS), point-to-point leased line and cross-connection within the same datacenter and SmartCLOUD(TM) Cloud Services Centers.
Simple billing model
– Basically only includes storage and data transfer out; API call for data access is free of charge.

In addition to limitless scalability, benefits of Cloudian's award-winning HyperStore object storage include:

Fully native S3 compatibility
– Ensures seamless integration with the expanding ecosystem of S3-based applications.
Advanced security
– Including Object Lock-based data immutability, secure shell, RBAC/IAM access controls, AES-256 server-side encryption for data at rest and SSL for data in transit, as well as certification with the most rigorous international security requirements.
Multi-tenancy
– Supports for secure, self-managed storage within a shared platform.
Geo-distribution
– Easy to manage storage across multiple locations, all from a single pane of glass.

"After considering various object storage solutions, we selected Cloudian for its rich feature set-particularly its geo-distribution, multi-tenancy and security-and its seamless integration with VMware," said Taylor Lam, Senior Vice President, Product Development & Management at CITIC Telecom CPC. "With the rising regulatory and compliance stringency on data management, we're excited about the new SmartCLOUD(TM) Object Storage solution for delivering a cost-effective storage service with enhanced data protection and management to our customers."

"CITIC Telecom CPC has been at the forefront in enabling enterprises to leverage new technologies to drive greater competitive advantage, strategic agility, and faster time to market," said Brian Burns, Vice President, Asia Pacific, at Cloudian. "We look forward to helping CITIC Telecom CPC continue to deliver on this strong customer commitment and further grow its business."

About CITIC Telecom CPC

We are CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited ("CITIC Telecom CPC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883), serving multinational enterprises the world over by addressing their specific ICT requirements with highly scalable tailored solutions built upon our flagship technology suites, comprising TrueCONNECT(TM) private network solutions, TrustCSI(TM) information security solutions, DataHOUSE(TM) cloud data center solutions, and SmartCLOUD(TM) cloud computing solutions.

As a leading Global Local ICT Solutions Partner with worldwide footprint across East to West and native presence, we truly live our motto, "Innovation Never Stops." Being a preferred Digital Society Enabler, we lead our key markets at the forefront of pioneering ICT development, embracing AI, AR, Big Data, IoT, and other cutting-edge emerging technologies to transform technical potential into real-world value for our customers, helping them achieve higher productivity, agility, cost-efficiency, and ultimately, Digital Globalization.

As one of the first managed service providers in Hong Kong to achieve ISO 9001, 14001, 20000, 27001, and 27017 ICT-related certifications, CITIC Telecom CPC delivers on our superior quality commitment through a broad global self-managed infrastructure encompassing some of the highest growth markets in Asia, Europe and Africa, with over 160 points of presence, 18 Cloud service centers, 30+ data centers, and two dedicated 24×7 Security Operations Centers.

For more information please visit www.citictel-cpc.com.

About Cloudian

Cloudian is the most widely deployed independent provider of object storage systems, with the industry's most advanced S3 compatibility and an extensive partnership ecosystem. Its award-winning flagship solution, HyperStore, provides limitless scalability and cloud-like technology, flexibility, and economics in the data center. Cloudian's global data fabric architecture enables enterprises to store, find and protect object and file data seamlessly across sites, both on-premises and in public clouds, within a single, unified platform. Learn more at cloudian.com.

CITIC Telecom CPC Media Contact
Rowena Leung
CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited
rowena.leung@citictel-cpc.com
+852-2170-7536

Cloudian Media Contact
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10Fold Communications
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7,000 international participants attend FILMART Online

HONG KONG, Mar 18, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the HKTDC Hong Kong International Film and TV Market | Online (FILMART Online) attracted nearly 7,000 industry participants from 81 countries and regions over four days, with the release and promotion of some 2,200 film and television productions. Having become more familiar with doing business through online platforms, exhibitors and buyers used the online meeting function at FILMART Online to participate in more than 2,000 meetings.



The four-day event FILMART Online concluded successfully today. Nearly 7,000 participants were engaged and more than 2,000 business-matching meetings held, facilitating cooperation between exhibitors and global buyers. The multifunctional FILMART Online platform will remain open until 18 May.


Kaichen Li, Head of WeTV and iflix at Tencent, said that how well content is received does not necessarily stem from a big production and famous cast, but rather from the appeal of story, the quality of the script and the chemistry between the cast.


As COVID-19 begins to ease, there is concern about whether the trend for "at home" entertainment will lead to continued growth in the number of users on over-the-top (OTT) platforms. David Simonsen, SVP of WarnerMedia (top, right), said that the impact of the pandemic was just accelerating the changes in a highly competitive market, in which quality local, regional and global companies are competing in the same space to expand their audiences.



Facebook: 1 in 4 people create and upload videos to social media during pandemic

Running from 15 to 18 March, FILMART Online saw a total of 27 online events staged, including nine conferences. Speaking on the first day of the event, Saurabh Doshi, Head of Entertainment Partnerships, APAC at Facebook, said that about one in four people globally created and uploaded videos to social media during the pandemic. "This was huge among millennials aged 25-34 years old, and the behaviour was even more true in Southeast Asia, where 66% created or interacted with videos on social media and messaging platforms during the first half of 2020," Mr Doshi said.

Tencent: star-studded cast and big production not the only key to success

Kaichen Li, Head of Tencent's WeTV and iflix, shared about the development of over-the-top (OTT) programming. "We have spotted early signs of an upward trend for Chinese and Thai content," he said. "For Chinese content, it's not only the costume dramas but also modern dramas that have resonated well with the Asian audience. We believe that we are going to see a continued boom in Asian local content."

Eros Now: brand culture necessary for streaming media to win

Ali Hussein, CEO of OTT platform Eros Now, said that the streaming media business should not focus on purely being transactional. Rather, it should seek to identify the culture for each brand, which is very important once brands start working at a slightly higher level. He explained that Eros Now will launch English-language services in the second half of 2021, in addition to its content with ErosSTX. The company is also working with other content providers across the globe which will give it a more widespread network and allow it to optimise its customer base.

Online platform runs until 18 May

The FILMART Online platform will remain open until 18 May. During this period, industry members can continue to make use of the different features of the platform to connect with exhibitors and buyers and also review the content of previous events.

FILMART Online website: https://event.hktdc.com/fair/hkfilmart-en
Photo download: https://bit.ly/2P1x264

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

Media enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:
Angel Tang, Tel: +852 2584 4544, Email: angel.hc.tang@hktdc.org
Clayton Lauw, Tel: +852 2584 4472, Email: clayton.y.lauw@hktdc.org

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25th FILMART opens today as online event

HONG KONG, Mar 15, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 25th Hong Kong International Film and TV Market | Online (FILMART Online) opened today and continues through 18 March, bringing together nearly 7,000 industry participants, including representatives of more than 670 exhibitors, from 81 countries and regions. The event will see the release and promotion of over 2,000 film and television productions to potential buyers from around the world.



Hong Kong International Film and TV Market | Online (FILMART Online) opened today (15 March), creating business opportunities for the global film and TV industry. The four-day event brings together more than 670 exhibitors and sees the release or promotion of about 2,000 film and television productions.



Industry players from across the globe join online exhibition

FILMART Online has received strong support from production companies from Hong Kong, Mainland China and across the globe. Participating Hong Kong companies include Edko Films Limited, Emperor Motion Pictures, Golden Scene Company Limited, Mandarin Entertainment, Media Asia Film, Mega-Vision Project Workshop, Mei Ah Entertainment Group, One Cool Film Production, PCCW Media Limited, Sil-Metropole Organisation, Sun Entertainment, TVBI, and Universe Films Distribution.

Film companies from the mainland actively participating in the online exhibition include China International Television Corporation (CITVC), iQiyi Pictures and Bilibili Inc. Regional exhibitors include Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Jiangsu, Ningbo, Shandong, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Wenzhou, Haining from the mainland, along with Taiwan, Canada, the European Union, Finland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and the United States. This year a number of regions, including Fiji, Jordan and Portugal, are introducing their hottest film-shooting locations along with policies that are preferential to filmmakers.

The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), a respected Asian film financing platform, will continue its efforts to create business exchange opportunities for film workers by exhibiting 28 HAF film projects in the development stage and 20 work-in-progress film projects.

Online conferences discuss latest industry trends and technologies

In addition to the exhibition, FILMART Online will also host a number of online conferences. Earlier today, business leaders from Facebook, Tencent's WeTV and iflix, and Eros Now discussed the latest film and TV viewing trends in the Asia market and introduced their companies' key growth markets and business strategies. An afternoon session featured a distinguished panel of speakers from Hunan TV, Muhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and Fremantle Indonesia, who discussed how to create popular programme formats through co-production and export innovative TV programmes to the global market.

In the first morning session, Saurabh Doshi, Director Entertainment Partnerships, Asia-Pacific at Facebook, said the company had seen a massive increase in video consumption, whether through live or video-on-demand feeds, and that such behaviour will continue even after the pandemic is over. Mr Doshi also shared numbers for Facebook Watch. "We now have more than 1.25 billion people visit Watch every month since its launch in 2018, with close to half a billion people using Watch each month in the Southeast Asia region."

As the industry gets ready to recover from the impact of the pandemic, filmmakers and visual effects (VFX) veterans have been breaking new ground in filmmaking during the lockdown. The "Digital Entertainment Summit" on the morning of 17 March, with the theme "Virtual Production: Immersive Pathway to Future-Proofing Filmmaking", will invite VFX experts from Disguise, Reel FX and Lux Machina Consulting to share insights on how innovative technologies can open up new pathways for film production. In addition, representatives from Discovery Inc., Hulu Japan, iQIYI and WarnerMedia will be exploring post-pandemic opportunities in the film and TV industry over the next three days.

FILMART Online
Date: 15-18 March 2021
Website: https://event.hktdc.com/fair/hkfilmart-en
Schedule of seminars and special events: https://bit.ly/30Nkn9i
Photo download: https://bit.ly/3qOIBKW

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

Media enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:
Angel Tang, Tel: +852 2584 4544, Email: angel.hc.tang@hktdc.org
Clayton Lauw, Tel: +852 2584 4472, Email: clayton.y.lauw@hktdc.org

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