SGIFF makes waves in Southeast Asia ahead of its 30th edition

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is making waves by bringing noteworthy films with distinct voices closer to audiences in Singapore and Southeast Asia, with the launch of its inaugural edition of Travelling Waves and an all-new format of New Waves

SGIFF makes waves  in Southeast Asia ahead  of its 30th edition
Programme Director, Kuo Ming-Jung
With these refreshed programs ahead of its 30th edition, the festival continues to grow the level of appreciation among film-lovers, strengthen the independent film ecosystem in the region, while championing its talents and stories.

Travelling Waves is a multi-city program that brings Southeast Asian cinematic voices to independent screening venues around the region. The inaugural edition will see SGIFF present five short films by emerging regional filmmakers in Bangkok, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. The sessions, comprising film screenings followed by discussions with filmmakers, are rare opportunities for the film community to mingle, exchange ideas and perspectives.

Executive Director Yuni Hadi shared, “Even though SGIFF is based in Singapore, we want to better connect with our neighboring film communities through this regional program and the initiatives of the SGIFF Film Academy. Partnering with independent film spaces such as the Bangkok Screening Room, Kinosaurus and TDSC allows us to work closely with film organizations who champion the independent spirit we see in short films.”

“Our upcoming 30th edition provides a timely opportunity for us to shine the spotlight on Southeast Asian filmmakers with these original stories that resonate with us. Through these programs, we see the strength of the region coming together to further develop and nurture the potential of storytelling in Southeast Asia,” Hadi added.

The first session at Bangkok Screening Room on April 20 received a full-house reception. A testament of the curiosity towards Southeast Asian films, the audience participated actively in the post-screening dialogue with filmmakers Pathompon Mont Tesprateep (Song X), and Danech San (A Million Years)

The session was moderated by esteemed Thai film critic Kong Rithdee, who will also return to SGIFF as Head Mentor of the Youth Jury and Critics Programme this year. 

Travelling Waves will be hosted by Kuala Lumpur o July 20 where attendees can also look forward to engaging screenings and discussions with filmmakers. Interested parties can visit for ticketing details.

Returning for its fourth edition, this year’s New Waves will take place over an intimate weekend on July 12 and 13, comprising screenings and a panel discussion to develop the film audience in Singapore. The all-new format is tailored to gather more filmmakers at the same time to share diverse viewpoints and vibrant discussions with film aficionados and beginners alike.

 Part of the SGIFF Film Academy, this year’s New Waves will see retrospectives of short films produced by Akanga Film Asia and led by Fran Borgia, who produced Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice (2016) and Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined (2018). It will also chart the rise and development of award-winning filmmaker Anthony Chen, in anticipation of his sophomore effort Wet Season (2019)after the award-winning feature Ilo Ilo (2013). 

The 30th SGIFF will run from Nov. 21 to Dec. 1. Its call for entries for Feature and Short Films, Southeast Asian Film Lab, and Youth Jury & Critics Programme is now open and will continue till Aug. 19.

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

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Topics: Singapore International Film Festival , Travelling Waves , Danech San , Yuni Hadi
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