Introduced in 1991, the Silver Screen Awards is the first international competition with a category dedicated to Asian cinema. It aims to draw attention to filmmaking talents across Asia, and especially Southeast Asia. It pays tribute to individuals whose works have created an impact on the region, and actors whose presence on- and off-screen have made a difference to the community at large. Today, many nominees and awardees have established themselves as some of the region’s most prominent filmmakers.
As we witness the ever-changing landscape of the film industry, the need to cultivate the next generation of cinema lovers remains, and to that end the Silver Screen Awards is dedicated.
CINEMA ICON AWARD RECIPIENT
A role model to the younger generation of Chinese actors, Yao Chen’s professional conduct and philanthropic ways have garnered long-standing support from many around the world. Known for her no-nonsense attitude coupled with an approachable demeanour that is laced with a wicked sense of humour, Yao’s achievements go beyond nominations and awards.
Yao graduated from the Acting Department of the Beijing Film Academy in 2003. She then starred in the TV series My Own Swordsman (2006), and was awarded Favourite Actress at the Beijing College Student Film Festival. At the 4th Huading Awards, she was presented with Best Actress (TV Drama) for her role in Lurk (2010). In 2013, she was awarded the Outstanding Actress Award at the 14th Chinese Film Media Awards for her phenomenal performance in the action blockbuster Firestorm.
Her other notable acting credits include Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One II (2010), Chen Kaige’s Caught in the Web (2012), Lu Chuan’s Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (2015), Raman Hui’s Monster Hunt (2015), and Tsui Hark’s Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017).
Other than acting, Yao actively champions public welfare through her role as Goodwill
Ambassador for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from China. In 2013 and 2014, Time Magazine listed her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. This was further affirmed by Forbes Magazine in 2014 and 2015 as she made the lists of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. In 2016, Yao received the World Economic Forum Crystal Ball Award for her work in public welfare and refugee issues.
SGIFF will be screening Yao Chen’s latest work, Send Me to the Clouds as part of the
Filmmakers Present section.
Taking roots from the Cinema Legend Award which started in 2015, the Cinema Icon Award has been presented to acclaimed Malaysian actress and producer Michelle Yeoh, versatile Hong Kong actor Simon Yam, charismatic Japanese actor Kōji Yakusho, and iconic actress, director, and producer Joan Chen previously.
HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENT
The 30th SGIFF pays tribute to the master of Japanese cult cinema, Takashi Miike for his
original visions and perennial signature in the horror genre. Director of over 100 films (and counting), Miike’s eclectic and irreverent style is celebrated for its innovative, uncompromising and genre-bending aesthetics.
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1960, Takashi Miike is widely recognised as one of the world’s most productive and unclassifiable directors. He began his career in television, then as assistant director to filmmakers such as Umetsugu Inoue and Shohei Imamura. His international breakthrough came in 1999 with Audition, chosen as one of the top 25 horror films of all time by Time Magazine.
Some of Miike’s notable works include Ichi the Killer (2001), 13 Assassins (2010) and Yakuza Apocalypse (2015). In honour of Miike’s cult status, international directors like Eli Roth and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang gave Miike cameos in their respective films Hostel (2005) and Last Life in the Universe (2003). Revered by audiences and filmmakers alike, Miike describes his unprecedented productivity as an on-going film project, unified by the fear of death and the happiness of living. He says, ‘The characters in my films are the product of my daydreams and wishful thinking.’
This year, SGIFF will show First Love, the latest film from Miike at Midnight Mayhem section.
As part of our Offscreen programme, Miike will be conducting a masterclass on Sun 1 Dec, 11am. In this masterclass, we will look into Miike’s illustrious career as a cult favourite, and find out how he stays true to his bold and dynamic visions. Find out more
ASIAN FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director, writer, producer, editor and actor. He is known for his two-part crime drama, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), and his producing credits like The Lunchbox (2013), which earned him a BAFTA Award. In 2018, he co directed India’s first Netflix Original series, Sacred Games, based on Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name. The Government of France awarded him with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for this contribution to film.
Pang Ho-cheung was born in Hong Kong in 1973. He began writing for newspapers and
magazines in high school. Best known for You Shoot, I Shoot (2001), Isabella (2006) and the trilogy Love in a Puff (2010), Love in the Buff (2012), and Love Off the Cuff (2017), his films are imbued with dark humour and a unique portrayal of everyday Hong Kong life. Pang has produced over 30 novels and short stories that have been adapted into films, and has directed 15 films to-date.
Nia Dinata is an award-winning Indonesian film director known for her exploration of women and LGBTQ issues in Indonesia. She started her career making commercials and film for TV. Her feature film debut Ca-bau- kan (2001) was followed by the critically acclaimed Arisan! (2003). In 2006, she directed Berbagi Suami which competed at the Tribeca Film Festival, and won Best Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival. She continually produces short and feature-length works for Indonesian young directors.
Amir Muhammad is a Malaysian movie producer. He has directed mainly documentaries since 2000, but spent most of the past decade publishing pulp fiction by local writers. He is a partner of Da Huang Pictures, which has produced many festival favourites. His new company Kuman Pictures focuses on small-scale horror movies in Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Its second film Soul makes its world premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival this year.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Dito Montiel is an author, screenwriter, musician and director. He was a member of the
hardcore punk band Major Conflict. After adapting his best-selling book into a screenplay, Montiel made his directorial debut with the film version of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) starring Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Shia Labeouf, and Channing Tatum. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize and Directing Award. His filmography includes Empire State and Boulevard. He has since produced the documentary Rubble Kings, and is the screenwriter of John Leguizamo’s Critical Thinking, which will be released in 2020.
Monster Jimenez is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who has worked in newspapers, magazines, television and film. In 2003, she became Managing Director of Arkeofilms, an independent film production company. She directed Kano: An American and His Harem, which won the First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2010. In 2017, she produced Respeto, a hiphop political drama that swept major awards in the Philippines and abroad, participating in over 40 festivals. She is currently in production for Return of the Owl, an absurd action drama directed by Martika Escobar. At present, she is also running This Side Up, a content creation house that develops stories for brands and entertainment.
Joe Ng is a composer, music producer and sound designer who has worked on close to a hundred projects including feature films, short films, commercials and art projects. After an extensive career in the music business in the ‘90s, and having enjoyed fame as singer-songwriter of seminal rock outfit, The Padres, he has found a niche as one of Singapore’s foremost film and television music composer. Ng has worked on film scores of films like The Maid (2005), It’s a Great Great World (2011) and most recently, HBO Asia’ anthology series, Folklore.