Viu just launched in Malaysia the Viu Pitching Forum, an initiative to attract and facilitate the creative minds in becoming scriptwriters of mass media. Participants stand a chance at receiving mentoring from established talents from the creative industry and even an opportunity to be part of a Viu Original production.
Viu Pitching Forum
First launched in Indonesia back in 2016 to much appraise and participation, the Viu Pitching Forum not only attracted interests from brands and commercial partners, but also led to the creation of Viu Originals that have received high praise from a global audience. Since its 2018 debut in Malaysia, Viu has released 9 Viu Original productions which snatched up six regional awards at the 2019 Asian Academy Creative Awards as well as an award from the recent ContentAsia Awards.
Head of Original Production for Viu Malaysia and Indonesia, Ms Sahana Kamath, said that there are plenty still of local stories ripe for the sharing and telling as well as unique voices ready to be heard. Viu hopes for the Pitching Forum to be a platform for scriptwriters to hone their creative arts as well as develop their concepts further, possibly in to fruition as actual screenplay. The company is particularly interested in the creative talents capable of bringing distinctive, bold and differentiated concepts that incorporates local elements yet appeal to the new generation of media consumers across Malaysia.
One major highlight of the Forum is the opportunity for mentorship by renowned writers, directors and producers involved in Viu Malaysia’s original productions. Finalists will be able to interact directly with said industry veterans in developing their ideas and refining their pilot scripts. Mentors for the programme includes showrunners Kye Sayed Fariz, Razaisyam Rashid and TJ Lee, head writers Alfie Palermo, Bernice Low and Chi-Ren Choong, actors/directors Douglas Lim and Nam Ron, and many more.
For the writers that are interested in flexing their creative minds and muscles, submission of ideas are open from 10th September 2020 until 30th October 2020. Submission can be made to [email protected]. For more information on the Viu Pitching Forum, head on to the official site here.