Wahyuni A. Hadi
Wahyuni Hadi is a film producer, author and curator specializing in the management of film and media projects. She has spent a large part of her career creating platforms to launch the works of emerging film talents and strongly believes in setting the foundation for film literacy at a young age and creating the bridge for artists and audiences.
In 2013, Hadi published and edited the book Behind the Camera and co-produced the film Ilo Ilo, winner of the Camera d’Or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and Best Feature Film at 50th Golden Horse Awards. Hadi’s ties with the Festival and the Singapore arts scene go back a long way – in 2009, she was Festival Director of the 22nd instalment of SGIFF after serving as Festival Manager in 2008. She is also co-founder of the independent film distribution label Objectifs Films and was a senior programmer at The Substation, where she created milestone film programmes, and was Editor of its arts publication Substance. In 2003, she co-founded the Fly By Night Video Challenge with filmmaker Tan Pin Pin, and in 2009, initiated the Singapore Short Film Awards with filmmaker Chai Yeewei. From 2010 to 2012, she curated the dance film section of the Singapore Arts Festival, and was named one of Female Magazine’s “50 Most Inspiring Women” in 2010. In 2011, she was featured as one of the “Creative SHEroes, InsideOut” in Singapore, curated by Kelley Cheng with TEDxSingapore. Hadi was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship 2016 and selected as the 2016 United Technologies Corporation Fellow.
Hadi holds an M.A in Arts Management from LASALLE College of the Arts and is a Partner of Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking. She is currently Executive Director of the Singapore International Film Festival.
A film curator, Kuo Ming-Jung has spent much of her career in film festival management, programming and distribution. Her work as Programme Director for Taipei Film Festival, carried a balance of showcasing new talent as well as celebrating cinema heritage. During her time at the Taipei Film Festival, Kuo had developed new programmes such as In Progress: VR and the workshop initiative Produire au Sud Taipei which emphasised script development, co-production and marketing strategies. She also edited special issue publications, Portuguese Cinema (2015) and Twenty in An Instant (2018).
Kuo has served on several juries and selection panels including for the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam, and was a Programme Consultant for SGIFF in 2017 and 2018. Kuo is a member of Selection Committee for Locarno Film Festival Open Doors section and is currently the Programme Director for the Singapore International Film Festival.
SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGER
Lai Weijie’s producing credits include the debut film by Kirsten Tan POP AYE – winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival and the VPRO Big Screen Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam. His latest project Taste was selected at L’Atelier at the Cannes Film Festival and received both the Co-Production Award and the Arte International Prize at TorinoFilmLab. As Programme Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival, Weijie initiated three film mentorship programmes: the Southeast Asian Film Lab, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme, and Southeast Asian Producer’s Network.
Puiyee is a manager at Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, where she is responsible for the film programmes and projects. She also coordinates the film sales at Objectifs Films, an independent film distribution label. She has managed film events such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, cINE65 Short Film Competition and the Fly By Night Video Challenge. She was part of the pre-selection committee of the inaugural SEAShorts Film Festival 2017 in Malaysia. An occasional zine artist, Puiyee has taken part in the 2013 Tokyo Art Book Fair and Print Lab: Art and Design publication exhibition under Grey Projects. She is currently the Programme Manager (Short Films) for the Singapore International Film Festival.
Tan Si En
Tan Si En is a producer based in Singapore. She graduated from Film, Sound & Video at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2013, and received a B.A. in Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. Since then, she has worked under the mentorship of Soros Sukhum (185 Films, Thailand), Lai Weijie (E&W Films, Singapore), and Anthony Chen (Giraffe Pictures, Singapore).
She is the producer of Wet Season by Anthony Chen and the assistant producer of POP AYE, which made its World Premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2017 where it received a Special Jury Prize. POP AYE was also awarded the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Si En currently oversees the offscreen and development programmes at the Singapore International Film Festival.
Olivia is a programmer at the Singapore International Film Festival, overseeing the Cinema Today and Singapore Panorama sections and handling film traffic.
Before switching over to the programming team, she was involved in the SGIFF Hospitality team in 2014 and 2015. She has also had experience with film production and events management. Olivia graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2014, majoring in Sociology and with a minor in Film Studies.
She constantly wishes for more time to watch films, football and amateur cooking shows.
Sarah How is the most recent addition to the programming team as a programming intern. Fresh out from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both Sociology and Film & Television Studies she wishes to learn more about the Asian film industry as well as more about the festival circuit here in Singapore.
With a passion for anything placed on a screen, Sarah is looking forward to being exposed to the multiverse of filmmakers.
Tan Bao Ying
Bao Ying is a filmmaker based in Singapore. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film from LASALLE College of the Arts, specialising in film producing. Bao Ying has been a close collaborator with Momo Film Co, working under the guidance of Tan Si En.
She believes that films can be used as cultural products of a country. As part of the development programme team, Bao Ying hopes to bring the landscape of Southeast Asian cinema to a wider audience, regionally and globally.
Shalom Shaleni Chalson
Shalom is a graduate student and tutor at the National University of Singapore and is developing interests in politics and philosophy. She was a member of the first Youth Jury in 2014 and returned as a writer for New Waves in 2016. She loves watching movies, even though she sometimes forgets the movies she has seen. If you also suffer from this problem, she suggests setting up a Letterboxd account. In her spare time, she carefully considers whether she ought to become a surfer or improv performer.
Vess is the latest addition to the programming team as the programme intern. She is in her final year at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. If all goes well, she will graduate with a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) in 2020. She is currently producing her thesis documentary.
Vess found her start at the festival as a participant of the Youth Jury and Critics Programme. She hopes to continue actively contributing to the festival after graduation.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Renee Tan is a Business Development and Marketing Specialist with more than 12 years of experience in the Arts. Her experience traverses the domains of sponsorship, partnership development, fundraising, sales, and marketing.
Renee has been instrumental in helping companies such as the Pangdemonium Theatre Company, the Singapore Repertory Theatre, and Glowtape Productions create successful sales and marketing campaigns, cultivate their corporate prospects, and grow their sponsorship targets.
Notable productions she has been involved in include: for Pangdemonium, Chinglish, Falling, RENT, The Pillowman, and Tango; for Glowtape Productions, The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey; for the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park Series, RSC’s King Lear, The Bridge Project, and 3 Titans of Theatre which notably featured 3 productions by Simon McBurney, Yukio Ninagawa and Peter Brooke.
Her passion includes theatre, film, and travelling. Renee is currently Business Development Director of the Singapore International Film Festival.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Jolyn is the Business Development Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival. With eight years of experience in Marketing, she has run campaigns in both the U.S. and Singapore in a variety of sectors, including startup, theatre and non-profit. She was most recently at Pangdemonium Theatre Company, heading Marketing and community outreach.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATOR
Jennifer is the business development intern running a parallel life as a final year student majoring in Marketing and Arts Management at the Singapore Management University. She has come full circle from her school research project on SGIFF with this internship and still cannot believe that she gets to contribute to the running of the 30th edition.
She hopes to continue working in arts-related organizations after her graduation, and looks forward to the many future editions of SGIFF to come.
MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS
MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR
Nicole is a communications specialist with 13 years of advertising experience in brand management for blue-chip organisations. She is currently looking at spreading the magic of film through her current role as the Marketing and Partnership Director at Singapore International Film Festival. Outside of the film world, she is also a professional family photographer who specialises in natural light photography, a certified yogi and a wannabe chef and musician.
SENIOR MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS EXECUTIVE
Gwend Lim recently completed her B.A (Hons) Arts Management degree under LASALLE College of the Arts. Prior to SGIFF, she organised the Very Short International Film Festival in Singapore from 2011 to 2012. A platform for less-than-3-minute films, the festival brought films by Tan Siang Yu, Jac Min and Alvin Lee to screens in over eighty cities. Gwend is especially interested in the stories Southeast Asian filmmakers tell, and is excited about the future of the local film landscape. She co-produced short film Bon Voyage, winner of Best Director and Best Sound at The Substation’s Singapore Short Film Awards 2015.
She is currently the Marketing & Partnerships Executive at Singapore International Film Festival.
MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS ASSISTANT
Azrin is a fresh grad from The University of Western Australia with a shiny new B.A. in Communication and Media Studies, and copious amounts of fresh grad enthusiasm. She recently discovered her love for film and has had the opportunity to create a couple shorts during her time at uni. She is keen to explore her passion for film a little further by being in the heart of it all and a part of the SGIFF Marketing team. Azrin also enjoys online quizzes, chats over teh peng, and creating Spotify playlists for every mood.
HOSPITALITY & OFFICE
SENIOR HOSPITALITY & OFFICE MANAGER
Mabelyn Ow has been an active contributor to Singapore’s burgeoning film industry over the past 18 years. Starting as a production assistant on Army Daze, Mabelyn has gone on to work in various capacities in her career in film and television production. Over the course of her career, she has worked with and produced for some of the most significant and groundbreaking film directors in Singapore, notably Eric Khoo, Royston Tan, Jasmine Ng and Kelvin Tong. In addition, she has also production-managed documentaries for Discovery Networks Asia and National Geographic Channel. Her projects include Royston Tan’s 12 Lotus (2008) and Aaron Wilson’s critically acclaimed Canopy (2013). She continues her pursuit of nurturing film production in Singapore as an Adjunct Lecturer with the Puttnam School of Film at Lasalle College of The Arts. Mabelyn spent her early years in the industry volunteering as well as being a part of the Singapore International Film Festival Secretariat during the mid 1990s. She is currently Hospitality & Office Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.
Selena Tan has been working at film festivals and on feature film and television productions in Singapore and Melbourne. Presently in the hospitality team at the Singapore International Film Festival, she has previously worked in the programming and industry departments of the Melbourne International Film Festival where she previewed shorts, organised public talks and coordinated the Accelerator Lab. Selena is interested in the different ways narratives can be constructed visually and also produces, through her own Paco Pictures, video installations and shorts that have screened at places like New York’s Whitney Museum and festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand and Oberhausen.
Neo Kim Seng
Neo Kim Seng is a cross-disciplinary practitioner and has been involved in independent and large-scale projects in various capacities in Singapore and overseas since 1987. He has programmed for Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, NUS Arts Festival and managed productions for companies including Asia In Theatre Research Centre, TheatreWorks, WildRice, Singapore Repertory Theatre and independent artists. He has produced and toured independent dance productions to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada. He has held two solo exhibition of his installation art. He has been focusing on creating his own works in recent years and made his directing and writing debut with Decimal Points 810 presented by Cake Theatrical Productions in 2014. His first book, My Grandfather’s Road was published in 2015 and he has since developed, directed and produced 5 stage versions of the book in English and Cantonese. He also recently started working with independent Singaporean dancemakers as a dramaturg. Kim Seng first worked with the Singapore International Film Festival in 1988/1989 as Office Manager. He returned as Film Traffic Manager/Programmer in the 1993 and 1995 Festivals. After 20 years, he returned in 2014 as Programme Manager (Film Traffic).
Yusri Shaggy Sapari
Yusri ‘Shaggy’ Sapari started his journey with recording media ever since his dad bought him his first tape recorder. Shaggy’s favourite medium is video. He makes a living crafting and recording videos for arts groups and small businesses though his company Paradise Pictures and as a Multimedia Artist. Under “The Orange Playground” by The Necessary Stage in 2014, Shaggy was mentored by, Brian Gothong Tan, acclaimed Multimedia Designer. Shaggy’s latest theatre works include, “Furthest North, Deepest South”, “Between You and Me”, “State of Mind” and “28.8”. He also hosts his own food show and vlogs as Shaggy Shag on YouTube.
Arthur Daniel Thomas Ehlert
Arthur is the Festival Lounge Assistant intern, within the Hospitality Department of Singapore International Film Festival. He is finishing up the final year of his diploma in Arts & Theatre Management at Republic Polytechnic. He has a diverse range of experience in the hospitality and customer service sector through prior involvement in arts events in Singapore, such as the M1 Fringe Festival 2019, 5th Asia Arts Festival & Asia Youth Theatre Festival 2018 as a Front-of-House officer. While also working in the hospitality and tourism industry through his part-time job as Attraction Operations at Universal Studios Singapore
With his extensive portfolio of logistics planning and developing solutions, Aelvin is the events coordinator for the 30th SGIFF. He had his start in corporate events, but soon fell in love with festivals and the arts, which nourishes his soul.
He is also a naturally hands-on person and has learnt not only under what circumstances popular events props will fail, but also why. Bringing on his expertise and knowledge to the 30th SGIFF, Aelvin hopes to make this year’s Festival the best one yet.