30th Singapore International Film Festival Opens With A Bang With Anticipated Singapore Drama Wet Season

Director Anthony Chen, producer Tan Si En, and cast members Yeo Yann Yann, Koh Jia Ler and Yang Shi Bin at the premiere of Wet Season, opening film of the 30th Singapore International Film Festival 

Singapore, 21 November 2019 – Award-winning Singapore filmmaker Anthony Chen, versatile actress Yeo Yann Yann, veteran theatre virtuoso Yang Shi Bin, and rising star Koh Jia Ler took to the red carpet at Capitol Theatre for the opening of the 30th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), to present the highly anticipated drama Wet Season (2019). They were joined by local celebrities Andie Chen, Benjamin Kheng, Constance Lau, Felicia Chin, Kate Pang, Chen Tian Wen and Joanna Dong. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.

At the opening, Yeo Yann Yann also received the ‘Inspiring Woman in Film Award’, Presented by Swarovski, for her eminent career across the mediums of film, television and theatre. She has already received the Fei Mu Best Actress prize at the 3rd Pingyao International Film Festival for her role in Wet Season

Set during the monsoon season amidst storm clouds, uncertainties and the warm promise of spring, Wet Season contrasts the desires of a woman with that of an adolescent in this stunning bittersweet dual-character study. The scenes sing and rhyme against the diegetic soundscape, where viewers bear witness to the raw and fluttering friendship between a secondary school teacher and her student. The film is Anthony Chen’s sophomore directorial feature, a follow-up to his Camera d’Or winning Ilo Ilo (2013). 

The film will represent Singapore at the 56th Golden Horse Awards on 23 November with six nominations including Best Director, Best Narrative Feature, and Best Original Screenplay. Yeo Yann Yann is also nominated for Best Leading Actress while fellow actors Koh Jia Ler and Yang Shi Bin will be competing in the Best Supporting Actor category. 

A leading international film festival in Southeast Asia and a paragon of Singapore’s arts and cultural scene, the 30th SGIFF continues to be a discovery ground and champion of independent cinema in the region. Running from 21 November to 1 December 2019, SGIFF will be hosted across multiple Festival venues, including Capitol Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Oldham Theatre, The Projector, Filmgarde Bugis+, Golden Village Grand and Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking. 

SGIFF is an event of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF), hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). SGIFF 2019’s Official Sponsors include Official Red Carpet Venue Capitol Theatre; Official Automobile BMW; Official Hotel Shangri-La Hotel Singapore and Official Airline Singapore Airlines. 

For more information, please visit www.sgiff.com. The full Festival guide can also be downloaded here. Hi-res visuals from the Opening Gala will be uploaded onto the 30th SGIFF media kit here. Discover the magic of cinema and for latest updates, follow us on Instagram @SGIFFest and on Facebook @sginternationalfilmfestival

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About the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF)

Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics; and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region. Committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent, its competition component, the Silver Screen Awards, brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends. With its mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues with attending filmmakers, the Festival also serves as a catalyst for igniting public interest, artistic dialogue, and cultural exchanges in the art of filmmaking. The SGIFF is organised by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd, a non-profit organisation with Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/sginternationalfilmfestival/

About the Media Festival

Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics; and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region. Committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent, its competition component, the Silver Screen Awards, brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends. With its mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues with attending filmmakers, the Festival also serves as a catalyst for igniting public interest, artistic dialogue, and cultural exchanges in the art of filmmaking. The SGIFF is organised by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd, a non-profit organisation with Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/sginternationalfilmfestival/

About SGIFF Film Academy (SFA)

The SGIFF Film Academy (SFA) is the region’s first holistic training initiative to support Southeast Asian film talents and nurture film appreciation among the audience. A launch pad for mentorship, exchange of ideas and strengthening film literacy, the developmental programmes - Southeast Asian Producers Network, Southeast Asian Film Lab, Youth Jury & Critics Programme, SGIFF Film Fund, and Film Immersion Programme for Schools - aim to enhance the capabilities of the regional film scene collectively.

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