SGIFF Announces Silver Screen Awards Winners

14 December 2014, SINGAPORE Court, a film by director Chaitanya Tamhane that centers around the justice system in India, won Best Film at the Silver Screen Awards organized by the 25th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) last night. Director Chaitanya Tamhane also took home the Best Director award for his first feature film. 

The jury citation for Court read: “This glittering gem dazzles with its simplicity, elegance and breathtaking naturalism. Every facet of this film shines, from the humanity of its screenplay, to the originality of its structure, to the assuredness of its direction. A brilliant achievement.”

Asian Feature Film Category Results

Best Film: Court

  • Trophy and Cash Prize of S$10,000;
  • Panasonic HC-X1000 Camera (US$3,499); 
  • Offline Edit Package (up to 2 weeks) at Houdini Studio, Thailand (US$10,000);
  • Online & DCP Package at Mocha Chai Laboratories (S$20,000)

Best Director: Chaitanya Tamhane

  • Trophy and Cash Prize of S$5,000

Best Performance: Sekar Sari (Siti)

  • Trophy and Cash Prize of S$2,000

Special Mention: Alive 

  • Trophy and Cash Prize of S$1,500

The jury citation for Alive read: “Passion and conviction are very much alive in actor-director Park Jung-bum’s ode to human stoicism. Despite a run time of almost three hours, this film carries us along with its craft and dedication.”

Southeast Asian Short Film Category Results

Best Southeast Asian Short Film: Dahdi (Granny) by Kirsten Tan

  • Trophy and Cash Prize of S$5,000;
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4A Camera (US$2,800);
  • Offline Edit Package (up to 3 days) at Houdini Studio, Thailand (US$2,500)

Best Singapore Short Film: Not Working Today by Shijie Tan

  • Trophy and Cash Prize of S$4,000 cash;
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4A Camera (US$2,800);
  • Soundstage Usage (1 day) and Offline Edit (3 days) Package at Infinite Studios (S$10,000);
  • Production Services Package at Shooting Gallery Asia (S$10,000);
  • Online & DCP Package at Mochai Chai Laboratories (S$4,500)

Best Director: Aditya Ahmad (On Stopping the Rain)

  • Trophy and Cash Prize of S$2,000

Special Mention: Vanishing Horizon of the Sea by Chulayarnnon Siriphol

  • Trophy and Cash Prize of S$1,000 cash

The jury citation for Dahdi (Granny) read: “Realistic performance and mature direction from the director. Sensitive and poignant, creating a cinematic experience.” 

Meanwhile, the jury citation for Vanishing Horizon of the Sea read: “Conceptually beautiful with the use of different mediums to explore the concept of memory. VHS snow has never looked so romantic or beautiful. Vivid visuals induce the imagination of the audience. Haunting reminder of the past.” 

Renowned Chinese auteur Wang Xiaoshuai headed the jury for the Asian Feature Film competition, while local director Royston Tan headed the jury for the Southeast Asian Short Film competition. 

Yuni Hadi, Executive Director of SGIFF said: “The Southeast Asian Short Film competition is a new addition to the Silver Screen Awards for the festival. We are very happy to see such a great response from the filmmakers and especially the younger generation of filmmaking talent who look to the festival as a platform to help them shine early on in their careers.”

There was also a Youth Jury Award presented for May Dinadala by Giancarlo Abrahan, who won a trophy and cash prize of S$500. The Most Promising Project for the Southeast Film Lab went to Bradley Liew from Malaysia for Awit Ng Puntod. Liew walked away with S$5,000.

SGIFF also presented an Honorary Award to father of modern Korean Cinema Im Kwon-taek, one of South Korea’s most respected and prolific directors. The festival also conferred a tribute to the late Sir Run Run Shaw, who founded Shaw Brothers Studio and TVB. 

The Silver Screen Awards saw a total of 11 feature films and 19 short films, including five Singapore short films, vying for the awards. 

The glittering affair was also graced by filmmaking heavyweights including German actress Natassja Kinski, Taiwanese actors Chen Bolin, Hong Kong actress Cheng Pei Pei, Marine Vacth, the Face of Chaumet (Official Watch and Jewellery), as well as local award-winning director Anthony Chen, who walked the red carpet before the awards ceremony. 

SGIFF, which ends today, focuses on groundbreaking Asian cinema and discovering new film talents from Southeast Asia. SGIFF is known for its dynamic film programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture. 

For more details, please visit the SGIFF website at www.sgiff.com.  

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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/

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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/

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