The all-powerful entertainment industry conference APOS will return this year as an in-person event after two years of online-only sessions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, instead of being operated in its usual April slot from a resort in Bali, Indonesia, APOS 2022 will take place September 27-29 in Singapore. The city-state is a hub for East Asia’s television industry and a regional base for many multinational entertainment and technology conglomerates.
Media Partners Asia, the consultancy that organizes APOS, has yet to release any confirmed speakers. But he specifies that the event (a day of private management meetings, and two days of summit conferences open to all participants) will focus on a dozen themes.
These include: streaming durability; valuations and investor expectations; the growth of premium Asian content; the impact of the metaverse; the recalibration of sports; the new standard for movies; and scalability of premium AVOD.
The return of APOS as a live event is a testament to the return of parts of the film and television industry to Asia. Many Asian markets have been slower to rebound than the United States and Europe due to cautious government actions on social distancing and disease control. And with certain travel restrictions still in place, components of the seminar will also be streamed live on the APOS streaming platform.
For festivals, events and conferences, Asia remains mixed.
Sundance Asia, a film festival supported by the Sundance Institute and XRM Media, will return as an in-person event to Jakarta, Indonesia in late August (August 25-28, 2022)
CineAsia, the film distributor and conference and trade show exhibitors, announced an in-person return in December, after political unrest in Hong Kong caused the cancellation of its 2019 edition and COVID wiped out its 2020 editions and 2021. The events will move to Bangkok and take place from December 5 to 8, 2022.
In contrast, the Beijing International Film Festival recently confirmed that it will not take place this month. Instead, it will run from August 13-20, 2022, Chinese state media said. With Shanghai currently under lockdown, it seems inconceivable that the Shanghai International Film Festival could be held in its normal June slot this year.