Film finance in focus at two-city confab

Singapore and Hong Kong events kick off Tuesday

SINGAPORE -- Betting on entertainment as a good investment during a recession, Hollywood producers, British bankers and Southeast Asian film financiers will gather here Tuesday to debate the best way to make movies for Asia's growth markets.

Dubbed "Film Financing: Turning Financing into Lucrative Returns," the Asian Business Forum's inaugural four-day conference kicks off with two days at Singapore's Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel before shifting to the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong on Friday.

Conference topics include emerging trends, funding one-offs vs. film funds and finance structuring.

Expounding on how to maximize film investment returns and associated risks in the Singapore sessions are producer Michael Shane ("I, Robot") of U.S. indie financier Hand Picked Films; Peter Anshin, president of Asian Entertainment Finance Associates, a Japan-based arm of U.S. finance giant Comerica Entertainment Group; and Seto Lok Yin of Singapore's Media Development Authority.

Joining Shane at the Hong Kong portion of the event are, among others, Lee Beasley, director of the media and entertainment practice in the wholesale banking division of Standard Chartered Bank; Salon Films Group chairman Fred Wang; and Simon Fawcett, CEO of Aramid Capital Partners.