VIDDSEE, make south-east Asia films available


Viddsee provides a much-needed platform for the online screening of local and regional films. Is this what the future of film distribution will look like?

It’s a Sunday a ernoon and Derek Tan and Ho Jia Jian are chatting with me via Skype (both of them are based in Singapore). Ho, the Malaysian half of the duo, informs me that the distribution network for short films within South-East Asia isn’t looking very robust. At best, only a couple of small shops are selling DVD compilations of short films from the region. And then things pretty much end there. Tan adds that “even at film festivals, only a handful of short films get picked up by distributors.”

Engineers by profession and lmmakers by passion, both Tan and Ho are in a unique position to help the short film industry.

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