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WAHYUNI HADI

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Wahyuni Hadi is a film producer, author and curator specializing in the management of film and media projects. She has spent a large part of her career creating platforms to launch the works of emerging film talents and strongly believes in setting the foundation for film literacy at a young age and creating the bridge for artists and audiences.
In 2013, Hadi published and edited the book Behind the Camera and co-produced the film Ilo Ilo, winner of the Camera d’Or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and Best Feature Film at 50th Golden Horse Awards. Hadi’s ties with the Festival and the Singapore arts scene go back a long way – in 2009, she was Festival Director of the 22nd instalment of SGIFF after serving as Festival Manager in 2008. She is also co-founder of the independent film distribution label Objectifs Films and was a senior programmer at The Substation, where she created milestone film programmes, and was Editor of its arts publication Substance. In 2003, she co-founded the Fly By Night Video Challenge with filmmaker Tan Pin Pin, and in 2009, initiated the Singapore Short Film Awards with filmmaker Chai Yeewei. From 2010 to 2012, she curated the dance film section of the Singapore Arts Festival, and was named one of Female Magazine’s “50 Most Inspiring Women” in 2010. In 2011, she was featured as one of the “Creative SHEroes, InsideOut” in Singapore, curated by Kelley Cheng with TEDxSingapore. Hadi was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship 2016 and selected as the 2016 United Technologies Corporation Fellow.

Hadi holds an M.A in Arts Management from LASALLE College of the Arts and is a Partner of Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking. She is currently Executive Director of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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PIMPAKA TOWIRA

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Recognised as the first female Thai director to be noticed by international viewers and critics, Pimpaka Towira is a pioneer among female film directors in the Thai independent film scene since the early 1990s.

Since 1988, she has made a number of experimental short films, mostly depicting women’s issues, including Mae Nak (1997), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Image Forum Festival in 1998. Her debut feature, One Night Husband, premiered at the 2003 International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2010, her short film My Father won the Special Jury Award at International Film Festival of Asia-Pacific countries in Vladivostok, after which she made three acclaimed shorts, Terribly Happy (2010), Mother (2012) and Prelude to the General (2016), with the latter in competition in the Silver Screen Awards at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival and also won the Jury Prize in the Hong Kong International Film Festival Short Film Competition in 2016.

Her second feature, The Island Funeral (2015), won the Best Asian Future Film Award at Tokyo International Film Festival 2015, FIPRESCI Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016, Silver Hanoman Award at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016, and Best Cinematography at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2016.

Her commitment to cinema has seen her work as a producer for emerging filmmakers, a film critic with The Nation, a video artist and a film lecturer in fields including film history, production, curation, and exhibition. She has worked on video art collaborations such as Ramakien: A Rock Opera at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts in New York (2006) and Black Air at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008.

She was previously programme director for the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2001, 2008 and 2009 and most recently, Programme Director for the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival in 2015 to 2017. Pimpaka has been invited as a jury member at many film festivals such as the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, and Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Finally, for her overall contributions to Thai cinema, she was honored with the national Silpathorn Award in 2009 by the Ministry of Culture of Thailand.

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ANG HWEE SIM

General Manager

Ang Hwee Sim is a film producer, arts manager and occasional publicist. She has over 10 years of business & industry development, as well as marketing communications experience in the arts, media and entertainment-related industries.

From 2002 to 2006, in her role as Assistant Director of Singapore Film Commission (part of Media Development Authority), she was instrumental in developing and pushing for programmes to grow a vibrant local film industry in Singapore. She subsequently worked with various film and arts companies, including MediaCorp Raintree Pictures, Drama Box, NUS Centre for the Arts and T.H.E Dance Company. Her last encounter with SGIFF was as the festival publicist in 2009 for its 22nd edition which achieved record attendance figures. In her many years of working in the industry, she has also produced several film and performing arts projects. Her producing credits for film include Ilo Ilo (Camera d’Or Award, Cannes Film Festival 2013 and Best Feature Film, Golden Horse Awards 2013), The Leap Years (2008), Sing to the Dawn (2008) and 881 (2007). She is currently the General Manager of Singapore International Film Festival.

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LOW ZU BOON

PROGRAMME MANAGER

Low Zu Boon is a film programmer. From 2011 to 2015, he was part of the National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque team where he organised regular film programmes such as World Cinema SeriesUnder the Banyan Tree: Open Air Cinema and Singapore Short Cuts, as well as retrospectives and thematic film showcases such as Visions of the East: Asia through French EyesMerdeka! The Films of Usmar Ismail and Garin Nugroho and Majulah! The Film Music of Zubir Said.

Zu Boon holds a B.A. in Cinema and Cultural Studies, and an M.A. in Arts Management from the University of Melbourne. He is currently the Programme Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival.

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AISHAH ABU BAKAR

PROGRAMME MANAGER

Aishah Abu Bakar was previously the Programming Manager of Moving Images at The Substation. She was in charge of organizing film screenings and related events, such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, the Experimental Film Forum, Singapore Indie Doc Fest, and First Take, a regular running local platform for first time filmmakers. She had previously been a film traffic coordinator for 2007 and 2009 editions of the Singapore International Film Festival, and has had a hand in television productions for Mediacorp’s Channel NewsAsia and Suria. Aishah is currently Programme Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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OLIVIA TAY

PROGRAMME EXECUTIVE

Olivia is a programmer at the Singapore International Film Festival, overseeing the Cinema Today and Singapore Panorama sections and handling film traffic.

Before switching over to the programming team, she was involved in the SGIFF Hospitality team in 2014 and 2015. She has also had experience with film production and events management. Olivia graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2014, majoring in Sociology and with a minor in Film Studies.

She constantly wishes for more time to watch films, football and amateur cooking shows.

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LEONG PUIYEE

Programme Manager (Short Films)

Puiyee is a manager at Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, where she is responsible for the film programmes and projects. She also coordinates the film sales at Objectifs Films, an independent film distribution label. She has managed film events such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, cINE65 Short Film Competition and the Fly By Night Video Challenge. She was part of the pre-selection committee of the inaugural SEAShorts Film Festival 2017 in Malaysia. An occasional zine artist, Puiyee has taken part in the 2013 Tokyo Art Book Fair and Print Lab: Art and Design publication exhibition under Grey Projects. She is currently the Programme Manager (Short Films) for the Singapore International Film Festival.

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ANDERSON LE

PROGRAMME CONSULTANT

Based in Los Angeles, Anderson Le diligently works in the global promotion of independent and world cinema as director of programming for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) for almost two decades.

In addition to his duties at HIFF, Le also serves as a programmer for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, presenting the latest works of Asian American and Asian International cinema to audiences in Southern California; and as a programming consultant for the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, where he is in charge of the annual documentary sidebar. He is honored to join the programming team of the 2017 Singapore International Film Festival.

Le has served on juries for multiple film festivals including Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival; as well as serving as a speaker and panelist at South By Southwest, San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival, and Vietnam International Film Festival.

Le has also pursued film production in the burgeoning Vietnamese film industry, producing local films for commercial release in Vietnam. He is the producer of Saigon Electric (2011), Hollow (2014), and Bitcoin Heist (2016). Le also works for Hollywood director Justin Lin, as a part of Lin’s You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF.com) team, which manages a popular pop culture entertainment blog and produces original content for digital distribution.

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KONG RITHDEE

PROGRAMME CONSULTANT

Kong Rithdee is a film critic and arts editor of the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English language newspaper. He’s written about film for 21 years, for the Bangkok Post as well as occasionally for international publications such as Cahiers du Cinema, Sight and Sound, and film festival catalogues. He’s also an executive board member of Thai Film Archive. He has served in the jury of many international film festivals, such as Locarno, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jeonju, and many film events in Thailand.

With two other friends, he also directed documentary films on the subject of Muslim minority in Thailand. Their film The Convert (2008) was screened at Vancouver, Busan, Yamagata and other festivals. Baby Arabia (2010) was shown at Vancouver, Hawaii, and other festivals. Their latest short doc Gaddhafi (2013) was invited to International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA). In 2014, Kong was awarded Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government for his writing.

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MING-JUNG KUO

PROGRAMME CONSULTANT

Kuo holds a BA in Journalism from National Chengchi University (Taiwan), and an MA in European Cinema Studies from the University of Bath (UK).

She worked in both film distribution and production and for several film festivals in Taiwan and the UK, before joining Taipei Film Festival in 2011, where she selected films and co-programmed the ‘City in Focus’ and ‘Filmmaker in Focus’ strands. She is the Program Director since 2014. She edited the publication Portuguese Cinema (2015). She has been a jury member for Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Fresh Wave Int’l Short Film Festival (HK) and International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Kuo joins Singapore International Film Festival as the program consultant in 2017.

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SANCHAI CHOTIROSSERANEE

Guest Programmer (Short Films)

Sanchai Chotirosseranee holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, Thammasat University, Thailand, and a Master of Arts in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Film Archive (Public Organization), Thailand. He takes charge of supervising administration department, strategy and planning department, and the Thai Film Institute. He is also one of the programmers of the Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Salaya International Documentary Film Festival and Silent Film Festival in Thailand.

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LAI WEIJIE

PROJECT MANAGER

Lai Weijie is a film producer based in Singapore. His producing credits include the debut film by Kirsten Tan Pop Aye – winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival and the VPRO Big Screen Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam. He works closely with Anthony Chen’s Giraffe Pictures and was producer for the Singapore/Taiwan segment of Distance, a film spanning four countries and starring Chen Bolin. As Project Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival, Weijie initiated two film mentorship programmes: the Southeast Asian Film Lab and the Youth Jury & Critics Programme.

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CHRYSTAL NG

YOUTH JURY & CRITICS PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Chrystal oversees the Youth Jury and Critics Programme at the Singapore International Film Festival. She sees the need for more opportunities for youths to be engaged in the arts and enjoys working with them.

When she is not doing festival work, she can be found trawling through archives for academic projects on cultural heritage and film in the region. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer for the Media Arts Programme at LASALLE College of the Arts.

She holds a M.Comms from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information at NTU, majoring in Film Festival Studies. Her dissertation focused on the history of SGIFF and Singapore’s cultural policies from 1987 to 2000. She also hopes to pursue her PhD in the field of Film Festival and Cultural Studies in the near future.

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YING XIAN LIM

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME | COORDINATOR

Graduating from King’s College London with an MA in Film Studies, Lim Ying Xian returned to Malaysia to join Greenlight Pictures, a film production company founded by Woo Ming Jin. She has since produced all of Greenlight’s projects from independent to commercial works. Most notably, she is producer on Ming Jin’s documentary Return to Nostalgia (2015) and Edmund Yeo’s second feature Aqèrat (2017). She also co-produced Ming Jin’s feature Zombitopia due for commercial release in 2018.

Ying Xian is an Asian Film Academy alumni who has participated in talent campuses in Iran, Hanoi and Bucheon. She now comes on board to be a part of the SGIFF team as Coordinator of the 2017 Southeast Asian Film Lab and Southeast Asian Producers’ Network.

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TULIKA AHUJA

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME | ASSISTANT

Motivated by art, film and music, Tulika Ahuja enjoys offering a voice for the arts community. Tulika feels that the only way to extend the life of art and its practice is to write about it. She is fascinated by the way we see things, and believe words contribute heavily to our perception of images.

Tulika is currently a Curator at Kult Gallery, making her impact on the urban and street arts scene in Singapore. She also pursues freelance writing, using it as an opportunity to explore my interest in the arts in depth. She has written for the National Museum’s Cinematheque Quarterly, The Artling Singapore and the Indian University for Art and Design.

Tulika has been engaged with SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme for three years now, first as a participant and now as a facilitator. Her experience has been both challenging and rewarding, from the long hours spent analysing and understanding stories from different corners of Southeast Asia, to finding that balance between criticising and praising whilst writing about films and their makers. She looks forward to the experiences this year will bring!

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SARAH AMALINA

PROGRAMME INTERN

Sarah is currently pursuing a degree in Arts Management at LASALLE College of the Arts. Her voracious appetite for learning more about the art world is fuelled by her love for the visual arts, theatre and film.

She has dabbled in the first two disciplines through her experience as a gallery sitter at the Singapore Arts Museum and an event assistant at Arts Stage 2017 and SRT’s Shakespeare in the Park 2016, gaining a greater understanding of managing spaces and events along the way. Now she is ready to take on the challenges of the film industry as the festival’s Programming intern.

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KIM DY-LIACCO

Marketing & Partnerships Director

Kim Dy-Liacco is a communications specialist for the arts and education sectors. She was Director of Marketing at LASALLE College of the Arts, where she was part of the pioneer communications team from 1997 to 2010, and witnessed the growth of Singapore’s creative industries. She then joined St Joseph’s Institution International School from 2011 to 2014 to manage the communications for its development activities, branding and student admissions.

Kim’s work has spanned the spectrum of marketing functions from communications and alumni relations to events, industry projects, and recruitment. Highlights of her work in the Arts include LASALLE’s move to its permanent McNally Campus, the launch of The Puttnam School of Film, and industry collaborations with Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Phunk Studio, Singapore Fashion Festival, Hermès Singapore, Land Transport Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Action Party, and Raffles City Shopping Centre. She has also organised non-profit dance galas in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, and Zouk Club.

A Fine Arts alumnus of LASALLE, she is also an established Argentine Tango dancer-teacher at Singapore’s first and only Tango club, Abrazos. She is currently Development & Partnerships Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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GWENDALINE LIM

Marketing & Partnerships Executive

Gwend Lim recently completed her B.A (Hons) Arts Management degree under LASALLE College of the Arts. Prior to SGIFF, she organised the Very Short International Film Festival in Singapore from 2011 to 2012. A platform for less-than-3-minute films, the festival brought films by Tan Siang Yu, Jac Min and Alvin Lee to screens in over eighty cities. Gwend is especially interested in the stories Southeast Asian filmmakers tell, and is excited about the future of the local film landscape. She co-produced short film Bon Voyage, winner of Best Director and Best Sound at The Substation’s Singapore Short Film Awards 2015.
She is currently the Marketing & Partnerships Executive at Singapore International Film Festival.

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TANG SOOK YI

MARKETING INTERN

Sookyi is a second-year student at LASALLE College of the Arts, BA (Hons) Arts Management course. She has dabbled briefly in the video production industry during her gap year, and has since taken an interest in anything film and art related. Since enrolling in LASALLE, she has been involved with arts associations such as Singapore Chinese Orchestra and National Poetry Festival, exposing herself to various genres of arts management. Armed with a keen interest in festival management and marketing, Sookyi is determined to learn more about the film industry in Singapore through her Marketing internship here at SGIFF.

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MABELYN OW

hospitality & office Manager

Mabelyn Ow has been an active contributor to Singapore’s burgeoning film industry over the past 18 years. Starting as a production assistant on Army Daze, Mabelyn has gone on to work in various capacities in her career in film and television production. Over the course of her career, she has worked with and produced for some of the most significant and groundbreaking film directors in Singapore, notably Eric Khoo, Royston Tan, Jasmine Ng and Kelvin Tong. In addition, she has also production-managed documentaries for Discovery Networks Asia and National Geographic Channel. Her projects include Royston Tan’s 12 Lotus (2008) and Aaron Wilson’s critically acclaimed Canopy (2013). She continues her pursuit of nurturing film production in Singapore as an Adjunct Lecturer with the Puttnam School of Film at Lasalle College of The Arts. Mabelyn spent her early years in the industry volunteering as well as being a part of the Singapore International Film Festival Secretariat during the mid 1990s. She is currently Hospitality & Office Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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YANG YANXUAN VICKI

Hospitality Executive

Yang Yanxuan Vicki set in store her future in hospitality after two years of giving running commentaries on local sights and sites and visiting the Merlion too many times as a tour guide on amphibious land-to-water vehicles and boats.

Vicki is also prolific in the areas of editorial writing, scripting and content strategies, particularly on topics relating to film, culture, travel and medical science. She has produced print, digital, audio and custom content for brands such as Kodak, Tourism Australia, Temasek Holdings, Marina Bay Sands, Ascott and Gardens by the Bay. Of late, Vicki’s production work on local independent film sets as production manager or assistant and performer have also counted towards her current position in film festival hospitality. Vicki also practices taiji in hopes of joining a wuxia universe one day and draws stickman comics.

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TANG WAN XIN

festival Lounge Coordinator

Majoring in Directing and minoring in Screenwriting, Wan Xin recently graduated from The Puttnam School of Film at LASALLE College of the Arts. Once a business student, she made the switch back in 2014, after a three-month internship where she decided that the industry was not for her.

Her first encounter with the Festival was when she volunteered to be part of the hospitality team back in 2015 helping with transportation. The following year, she was part of the Youth Jury & Critics Programme in the 27th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival. This year, she joins the family and is helping with coordinating the Festival Lounge.

Apart from doing film, she is also a backpacker, a gastronomer, and an ardent musical geek but is told by many that she is tone deaf and has two left feet.

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ANGELINA MARILYN BOK

festival Lounge Coordinator

Angelina is an aspiring film producer who thrives on producing content that is bold and thought-provoking. She holds a strong love for contemporary cinema and aims to explore the psyche behind film distribution after graduation. Her voice inclines towards social realism, issues of gender representation and sexuality.

Majoring in Producing and minoring in Production Design, she has combined her passion for art and film together throughout her years in the Puttnam School of Film and Animation. When she is not in school, she dwells in her little sketchbook of cinematic pop art or pens down poetry and prose, feeding her insatiable desire to create.