• 7-8 December 2019
  • Marina Bay Sands, SG

PANELISTS

Aaron has worked in the film industry for over 25 years, with 20 years working in visual effects both in New Zealand and in Hollywood. Currently he is Executive Producer at Base FX, Asia’s leading Visual Effects house and has worked as a Digital Producer at Weta Digital, one of the world’s leading Visual Effects facilities, based in New Zealand.  Aaron has worked with such major directors as Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron.

Credits include: The Mandalorian, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Man of Steel, Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Two Towers and The Fellowship of the Ring.

With almost 10 years of experience as an Animator in the video games industry, he has worked on numerous AAA titles at Tecmo Koei and Ubisoft. With his passion for sculpting awoken in 2009, he started bringing characters to life in dynamic poses. With proficiency in both traditional and digital mediums, he hopes to grow as an artist as he learns and hones his craft with each project.

"From being an avid toy-collector, to a blogger of desirable (and even sometimes undesirable) objects of toy art, and undeniable pop culture happenings, Andy Heng is the sole author and Editor-in-Chief of himself at award-winning toyblog; TOYSREVIL.

Yes, he still collects toys, but most times he thinks "they" collect "him" instead."

Aydeel joined the tokuAsia team in 2010 and was later given the task of reinvigorating Project Leo, crafting a lore incorporating Singapore’s ancient history that became the identity of the project. He joined tokuAsia Pictures in 2016 and helped in its restructuring while at the same time honing his writing and directorial skills.

Basil co-founded the tokuAsia community and Project Leo. He led the team’s foray into the business world with tokuAsia Pictures as one of the key drivers behind the transformation of a group of weekend filmmakers to a professional production company, and is now guiding it towards its mission of becoming a global transmedia entertainment company.

Benjamin Chee adores food, stories, pixels and historical novels. He makes comic books set in the Charsiew Space universe. Short stories collected in Liquid City, Asian Monsters and LONTAR.

CT Lim writes about history and popular culture in Singapore. He reads too many comics. 

Daniel Yu is a Singaporean sculptor who works primarily in clay and resin. Heavily influenced by an upbringing steeped in local tradition and pop culture ephemera, his works combine both worlds of imagination. Daniel’s fictitious characters see a cult following amongst the subculture art scene both in Singapore and abroad.

Meng Yeow founded the tokuAsia community and Project Leo. He was responsible for leading the revival of the project in 2010 and played an integral role in shaping it into its current form. He also brings his near-decade of experience in branding & merchandising for professional sports teams and apparel brands to the development of Singa as a consumer business brand.

Jerry Teo is the creator of the self-published comic, Rex Regrets, a series about the trials of a t-rex living in modern society. He’s also a full-time technical illustrator, educator and senior member of OIC Singapore—a community that bridges businesses with illustrators and organises the Illustration Arts Festival. 

Joelyn Alexandra writes urban thrillers in various mediums and works for Difference Engine. When not building worlds or organising lore, she dives into RPGs, arcology, puzzles, Zumba, sustainability economics and breakfast. She believes that creativity and management can work together. 

Kenny Chan, Senior Store and Merchandising Director , Books Kinokuniya Asia Pacific Region, has been in the forefront of the publishing industry for the last 36 years after leaving his career as a diplomat.  Bookseller, publisher, marketeer and champion of pop culture especially comics and manga, he still finds time to read real books and comics. 

Kevin Hamric, Senior Director Publishing Sales, VIZ Media: Kevin is a publishing industry professional with over 30 years experience - the last 8 at VIZ where he has overseen VIZ's growth in manga and books worldwide. 

Leslie Lee is WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks' Vice President of Kids Content, overseeing Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO networks in Asia Pacific. 

Based in Singapore, his role includes the programming, operations, brand and franchise management, and content direction for the three brands. He also works closely with the original production and development team, as well as the branded content, digital and games units.

Leslie has over two decades’ experience and expertise in the entertainment industry in Asia, across marketing communications, programming, channel management, animation development and media distribution.  His career includes spells at MediaCorp, Viacom and he was most recently Executive Director of Media Networks at The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) – a company he joined in 2007.

His passion for comic books dates back more than 4 decades ago, when he first laid hands on a copy of The Defenders issue 45. He still insists on visiting the comic book store every week to get his fix.

Michael Lim is a filmmaker and film festival consultant. He is with the Singapore Film Society committee and was previously a board member of the Singapore International Film Festival. Notable credits include a Harry Potter film and directing Jackie Chan for a global campaign for UNICEF. He is also the founder of the Singapore VFX and Animation Group.

Rachta's fascination with manga and animation got her bit by the geek culture bug early. Since

leaving her corporate life behind, she has been traveling and her art with the world, proving that

the ability to create is within all of us. Rachta's journey has profound influences on her creations

and this is expressed through her latest personal creation – the Alice Project.

S. Mickey Lin is a multidisciplinary writer based in Singapore. Marshall Cavendish gathered some of his short stories into a collection titled Uncanny Valley. He and Elle Shengxuan Shi created the children's book series Baby Sherlock. As part of the inaugural IMDA WritersLab, Mickey developed the series Senior Management for Mediacorp. He has written episodes for popular TV series like Whoopie’s World Season Two and Fried Rice Paradise


Mickey works with Koh Hong Teng to integrate two elements of Chinese history — the legend of Cao Mo and the traditional artistic format known as lianhuanhua (连环画) — to produce their new graphic novel The Assassins. The series launches at SGCC2019. 

Wayne Rée is the author of Tales From a Tiny Room, which David Mack called, “a charming book of original stories, each with its own voice and personality.” He has contributed to LONTAR and is the co-creator of the supernatural/ wuxia/ western comic, Mr Memphis. waynereewrites.com

PANELISTS FROM CIRCLE LINE

Avid sci-fi, horror and all-round cinema fan Andrew Ngin is an award-winning screenwriter. Beginning with TV shows such as Shiver(1999) and Fighting Spiders (2009), his scripts have won awards in Seoul and The New York World Emmys. In 2016, at the Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Festival, Andrew’s script, ‘Circle Line’, won the award for ‘Best Unproduced Screenplay’. The script has since been made. 

Where others dream far, go-getter filmmaker JD Chua took action and leapt forward to Los Angeles. He crewed from ground up in genre Hollywood movies such as Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013), Black Hat (2015), Hitman:Agent 47 (2015), and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016). He put all this experience into good use helming Circle Line as the director.

Known as a pioneer producer who is ‘still’ around making independent films, Juan produced Singapore’s first digital video horror film, ‘Return to Pontianak’ (2000); first High Definition movie, ‘Dirty Laundry’ (2003) and the violent cult favorite ‘Perth’ (2005). ‘Circle Line’ marks another first in the Singapore monster universe.  

James Hia is a Cinematographer in the film and commercial industry. He has been working as a professional for a more than a decade. As a by-product of his graphic design background and formative years in production, James has built up a profile with many different know-hows and skill sets. 

The only known and recognisable Singaporean face in the regional action, martial arts and crime films, Sunny Pang is an actor, accomplished martial artist, action director and fight choreographer. Known by many as ‘Inspector Han’ of the successful crime series, ‘Code of Law’, Sunny’s current movie credits include, Kill-Fist (2018), Fly By Night (2018),  and The Night Comes for us (2018)

Starting out as an assistant technical director and animator in ILM Singapore, Barry honed his skills and knowledge in VFX and Animation. Making the move to China allowed him to take on roles like Animation Director and CG Supervisor on blockbuster Chinese movies. He eventually made his way back to Singapore when he chanced upon the opportunity to develop Singapore's 1st VFX movie. 

Nathaniel Ng Qi Jian

With roots as a stage performer, Nathaniel has since ventured into screen acting, starring in lead roles for short films such as Light by Bedside (2018) and Final Exam (2019). With a combined acting experience of 6 years and counting, Nathaniel will be making his big screen debut in Circle Line.