The comeback festival saw a total of 23 sold out screenings including nine local films
14 December 2014, SINGAPORE – The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) came to a close today, reeling in more than 10,000 audiences.
The festival also saw a total of 23 sold out screenings out of the total 147 films screened over the 11-day festival. Out of the total sold out screenings, seven are local feature films and two are programmes for local short films. (Please refer to Appendix A for the detailed list of screenings)
Some of the star power that turned up for the festival’s 25th anniversary included worldrenowned auteur John Woo, actors Tong Dawei and Chen Bolin, actresses Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei, and Natassja Kinski.
More than 100 directors, producers, actors, and actresses from countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Taiwan, Egypt, China, Japan, South Korea also descended in Singapore for what was a vibrant and thrilling festival, filled with meaningful post-screening discussions, master classes, and a film lab.
Yuni Hadi, Executive Director of SGIFF said: “SGIFF this year brought together some of the most exciting names in the new generation of Southeast Asian cinema where new friendships have formed. We’ve had such wonderful feedback about the master classes, the Southeast Asian Film Lab and the screenings, allowing us to restart the festival on a very positive note. Several young filmmakers met their personal film heroes through SGIFF, and this is always a wonderful experience. It has also been very encouraging to have the SEA film community embrace SGIFF so warmly. The most meaningful part for me is personally meeting all the directors and producers, and welcoming them to Singapore.”
She added: “We have invested our resources into creating platforms that enable Southeast Asian voices to shine and these include the first ever Southeast Asian Film Lab, the Southeast Asian Short Film competition as well as the Youth Jury Programme, an initiative that culminated with participants giving out the Youth Jury Award for the Southeast Asian Short Film competition at the Silver Screen Awards.”
The festival closed with In the Absence of the Sun by Indonesian director Lucky Kuswandi, who was joined by producer Sammaria Simanjuntak, actresses Adinia Wirasti, Ina Panggabean, Dayu Wijanto, Marissa Anita, and Dira Sugandi on the final red carpet on Sunday evening.
Singaporean director Anthony Chen of Ilo Ilo fame said: “It’s a brilliant comeback for the Singapore International Film Festival and I’m so proud of what the team has achieved. It is the best edition of the festival I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to see it grow in stature in years to come.”
Award-winning Chinese auteur Wang Xiaoshuai commented: “The films selected for the Singapore International Film Festival are of a very high standard, and the festival provides a platform for original, creative and independent-spirited young filmmakers to take flight.”
SGIFF focuses on groundbreaking Asian cinema and discovering new film talents from Southeast Asia, and is known for its dynamic film programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture.
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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
- UnLucky Plaza *
- The Crossing
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Singapore Panorama Shorts 1 *
- Ms J Contemplates Her Choice *
- Stray Dogs
- Little People, Big Dreams *
- 03-FLATS *
- Kabukicho Love Hotel
- As You Were *
- Southeast Asian Short Films Competition Programme 1*
- We Were There
- Lilting (second screening)
- Rubbers *
- The Monk
- Meeting Dr Sun
- Lang Tong *
- Winter Sleep
*Denotes Local Films