Viddsee, a Singapore online entertainment platform, has announced its original content slate for 2018 with seven new web-series that includes a short film anthology, three social documentary series, a coming-of-age comedy-drama, a web series about a taxi driver and a dramatic thriller series about cyberbullying.
The short film anthology, is Ellie Ngim’s ‘Run Chicken Run’, about a father and daughter relationship and their unique Chinese New Year traditions, will be released first, in time for the annual holiday.
The other confirmed filmmakers for this slate of Viddsee Originals are Michael Tay, JD Chua, Rifyal Giffari, Sabrina Poon, Christine Seow, Ng Yiqin, Eileen Chong, Jacky Lee and Don Aravind.
“We’re proud to collaborate with the incredibly talented local filmmakers from our community of content creators,” says head of Viddsee Studios, Kenny Tan. The Viddsee platform combines creativity, technology and data science, and we’ve come a full circle as we move into content creation. We are excited about this journey in elevating their voices and their craft to our fans and to a global audience.”
A social documentary, titled ‘While You Sleep’, will also be launching in February. It features Singaporeans who work the graveyard shift like an animal rescuer, a suicide hotline volunteer, an ambulance driver, an A&E medical staff and an embalmer. It is directed by Christine Seow.
The two other social documentaries are ‘Memories On A Plate’ by Ng Yiqin, about food and heritage, and ‘Confessions’ by Eileen Chong, a series about the resilience of the human spirit.
“The Viddsee documentary series are part of our Viddsee Voices project. Working in collaboration with filmmakers to conceive each series allows us to highlight stories and perspectives that are personal to filmmakers and to explore what is commonly unknown or overlooked in our society,” said Tan.
All seven web series will be released on Viddsee’s platform from February to August 2018 and is produced in collaboration with the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) as part of a public service content initiative to develop original content with local content creators.
Viddsee’s co-founder Derek Tan previously told The Drum that the launch of Viddsee Originals will empower its storytellers opportunities to create premium content offering. “There's an exciting model around premium content for online, and we feel like there's a fantastic opportunity for us to fill the space here in Southeast Asia,” he said.
It also has a partnership with A + E Networks Asia in Singapore to to curate and broadcast a weekly selection of local filmmakers’ works on Lifetime Asia.