As CEO, the most frequent question I get is, what does 108 even mean?
Let’s first start with what 108 is not. 108 is not what you say to Apple’s Siri. Saying “Hey Siri, 108” will instruct Siri to call emergency services or 911 in the United States. Then Siri only gives you five seconds to cancel.
Instead, to us, we believe 108 is the formula for the greatest stories never told.
You want something. You lose something. Then you struggle, chase your entire life, reach out for it with all your being, and right when you think it will never happen or you have lost all hope: a miracle happens. You get what you always wanted and it’s infinitely more than you had every hoped.
The plot of every novel, television show and film.
We at 108 believe its our goal to inspire writers, filmmakers, actors, and producers all over the world to tell their story. How do we do that? By finding the financing to make those stories happen, equipping them with the most innovative new technologies, and partnering them with the most talented production crews.
Then the only emergency that remains is to make sure the world watches.
Your story awaits,
Singapore-based 108 Media and co-production partner Aurora Media Holdings revealed a varied multi-title slate of films at the Hong Kong FILMART, including an animated feature based on award-winning animated short Schirkoa (trailer below).
“Together with 108’s keen market sense, we’re looking at producing a roster of the best Pan-Asian films and talents for both regional and international audiences. These exceptional projects and filmmakers fit the bill. Aurora’s looking forward to bringing them to market and extend creative bridges to buyers, co-producers and platforms in all corners of the content sphere,” said Justin Deimen, Managing Partner of Aurora Media Holdings.
Written and directed by visionary Indian filmmaker Ishan Shukla, Schirkoa tells the story of an intellectually confused bag-head who works as a senator in the dystopian city of Schirkoa where the perceived perfection and sleaze turns him into a suicidal “anomaly,” only to realize there is an alternate bohemian society full of anomalies like him. The feature film is currently in pre-production with a budget of $1.5 million USD. The original 2016 short won several awards around the world, including Best of Show of SIGGRAPH Asia and Best Animated Short Film at the Sydney World Film Festival.
The 108/Aurora slate also includes horror-mystery Eerie (with ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema and Media East Prod.) directed by Mikhail Red (Birdshot); and multicultural and intergenerational creature-feature Mogwai, directed by Alejandro Suarez Lozano and based on his multi-award-winning short film The Fisherman.
Abhi Rastogi, CEO of 108 Media, said: “We are very excited to bring these new projects to our already robust slate with Asian media powerhouse Aurora Media. Strong partnerships like these will help us transform the media landscape and give a voice to the visionary creators involved.“
108 Media (www.108media.com) is a global content development and distribution company headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Toronto, Japan and Hong Kong.
Aurora Media Holdings (www.aurora.media) is one of Southeast Asia’s leading media and entertainment asset incubation, investment and management specialists. It operates through subsidiaries including specialty financing arm Aurora Global Media Capital, and is based in Singapore with representation in Berlin and Los Angeles.
Finance and distribution companies, 108 Media and Aurora Media have teamed to back a trio of new film projects from South East Asia.
Headlining the additions to their slate is “Eerie,” by cult Filipino director Mikhail Red. Others are Indian animation “Schirkoa” and thriller, “Mogwai.”
Red shot to prominence with “Neomanila” and “Birdshot,” which was rewarded with the Asian Future prize at the Tokyo festival and was The Philippines’ Oscar selection last year. The new film centers on a clairvoyant counsellor who investigates a murder in a Catholic school where the only witness is the ghost of a suicide victim.
Produced by Micah Tadena as a Singapore-Philippines co-venture, production credits go to ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema and Media East Productions. Local stars, Bea Alonzo, Charo Santos-Concio and Jake Cuenca take the lead roles and are now shooting.
“Schirkoa” tells the story of an intellectually confused bag-head who works as a senator in the dystopian city of Schirkoa where the perceived perfection and sleaze turns him into a suicidal anomaly. However, he discovers an alternate bohemian society full of such anomalies. The film is written and directed by Ishan Shukla, based on his own short film which won the best in show prize at SIGGRAPGH Asia in late 2016.
108 Media now joins Aurora on “Mogwai,” in which an expat American teenager in Hong Kong who inadvertently finds himself trapped on a rickety fishing boat with Wong, a cranky old local fisherman who’s on his way to battle a sea monster in the middle of the South China Sea. The script which won a prize at the 2016 NAFF project market in Bucheon, Korea, is written by Spain’s Alejandro Suarez Lozano and the U.K.’s Gary Young.
Aurora is a Singapore-based financier headed by Justin Deimen. Its investments include Los Angeles and Cebu-set sports drama “100 Yards,” with Sean Patrick Flanery and Rebecca Lim being sold by 108 Media; the Hollywood feature “Stano,” featuring Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara; Australian-Hollywood co-production “Storm Boy,” with Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney; and festival favorite “The Song of Scorpions,” starring Irrfan Khan and Golshifteh Farahani. 108 pitches itself as a content development and distribution company with offices in Toronto, Japan and Hong Kong. The two firms announced their agreement to partner on a slate of titles in December last year.
The company will launch its Korean operations with Play On Cast, an integrated media and content company established in 2009, who produce and distribute vast HD & UHD 4K content. The partnership will see 108 Media increase sales and distribution activities of Play On Cast’s Korean TV drama series, and all 4K content in the North American market.
To coincide with Play On Cast, 108 Media also announce they have secured an output deal with Sidus Pictures, a distribution and production company based in South Korea. The company will have a catalogue of feature film titles released on Sidus’ SVOD service on a monthly basis. As well as expanding on its global distribution operations, 108 Media will continue to launch simultaneous releases across multiple territories throughout 2017, totalling more than 100 titles and looking to further expand.