Singapore’s largest and longest-running film event is making its comeback!

Following a two-year hiatus, the new team leading the 25th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) officially lifted the veil on the finalised selection of films for the marquee event at the ArtScience Museum on 28th October 2014.

Mike Wiluan (Chairman, SGIFF), Yuni Hadi (Executive Director, SGIFF), Angeline Poh (Asst Chief Executive — Industry, MDA) and George Tanasijevich (President & CEO, Marina Bay Sands) took to the stage at the press conference, where they launched festival trailers, shared details relevant to their involvement and fielded questions from media.

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In just over a month, 147 feature and short films from 50 countries are scheduled to screen island-wide. Spread across 11 days and 11 sections, including the Singapore Panorama and Silver Screen Awards, this year’s edition of the SGIFF will host 25 World Premieres and 20 Asian Premieres.

LASALLE College of the Arts and The Puttnam School of Film are proud to be the education partners for the 25th SGIFF. As part of the festival’s activities, the Southeast Asian Film Lab will take place with support from the school. The 6-day writing workshop is aimed at developing stories by emerging screenwriters and directors from the region. LASALLE’s Fran Borgia is one of three mentors for the lab.

PSOF Lecturer Mabelyn Ow (Hospitality Manager) together with alumni Jeremy Chua (Hospitality Executive) and Jow Zhi Wei (Programming/Research Team) have lent their expertise to the festival’s proceedings this year. Meanwhile, alumnus He Shuming made it through over a thousand submissions to have his short And The Wind Falls selected to open the Singapore Panorama Shorts 2 programme.

And The Wind Falls by alumni He Shuming

And The Wind Falls by alumni He Shuming

From an initial target of 80 films to the eventual outcome of 147 films selected, it seems to be that one can expect a high quality of cinema representing the calibre of Asia as substantial storytellers. As the presenting sponsor, George Tanasijevich contends that “the challenge for the market is to find ways to break down barriers or limitations on the Singapore film industry… We can help with that… with the ultimate goal of unleashing all that creative talent here in Singapore”.

Given support from the MDA and the sprawling list of sponsors attached to the event, the commitment is on to spur the festival get back on its feet, in time for an even grander outing next year, on account of Singapore’s 50th birthday.

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The 25th Singapore International Film Festival takes place from 4th Dec to 14th Dec 2014. Tickets are on sale at all Sistic outlets from 29th October 2014. Student and group discounts are available. For a full listing of programmes and activities, please visit http://sgiff.com/.

RELATED LINKS

Official SGIFF Website: http://sgiff.com/

SGIFF History:  http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/1cf96017-e824-4179-8702-315ef4a2e721

“How Southeast Asian Film is Measuring Up”: http://www.todayonline.com/entertainment/movies/how-south-east-asia-film-measuring

SIMILAR EVENTS

Asian Festival of First Films — http://asianfirstfilms.wordpress.com/

Asia Pacific Film Festival — http://www.asiapacificscreenacademy.com/the-awards/

ASEAN Film Festival — http://objectifs.com.sg/AFF/index.htm

Busan International Film Festival — http://www.biff.kr/intro/default.asp

Shanghai International Film Festival — http://www.siff.com/

Southeast Asian Film Festival — http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/seaff/

Tokyo International Film Festival — http://2014.tiff-jp.net/en/

N.B. Not all film festivals listed above are currently active.

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