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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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ZHANG WENJIE

Programme director

Zhang Wenjie is a film programmer. From 2003 to 2005, he headed The Substation Moving Images film programme where he initiated First Take and Singapore Short Cuts, two of the longest running and most established film series in Singapore. From 2005 to 2008, and 2009 to 2014, Wenjie headed the National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque, where he programmed and organised major retrospectives such as In His Time: The Films of Edward Yang and Majulah! The Film Music of Zubir Said and also spearheaded the Cinematheque Quarterly film journal. In 2009, he was co-director of the 22nd instalment of SGIFF and from 2010 to 2012, he was part of the project team that led the restoration of Usmar Ismail’s 1954 classic After the Curfew, which premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, he organised the first Film Restoration School Asia in Singapore in collaboration with Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation, Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata. He is currently Programme Director of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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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 Cinemaand 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 a 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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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. 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 was also one of the jury members of the Film Panel for the Crowbar Awards 2015. She is currently the Programme Manager (Short Films) for 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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LAI WEIJIE

PROJECT MANAGER

Weijie is a film producer based in Singapore. His producing credits include Kirsten Tan’s debut feature film Popeye, winner of the Production Award at the 7th TorinoFilmLab, and short film Dahdi, Best Southeast Asian Short Film at the 25th Singapore International Film Festival. He works closely with Anthony Chen’s Giraffe Pictures and was producer for the Singapore/Taiwan segment of 再见在也不见 Distance, a film spanning four countries and starring Chen Bolin, Jiang Wenli, Paul Chun and Yo Yang.

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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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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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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VINCENT QUEK

Marketing Content Writer

Vincent Quek is the Marketing Content Writer for SGIFF. He was previously with the Festival in 2014 as a Film Traffic Coordinator and as co-programmer for the Imagine section in 2015. Prior to SGIFF, he was programme manager for Moving Images at The Substation where he spearheaded various programs and events to foster greater filmmaking and awareness of films amongst Singapore’s local film community. In addition, he has worked in acquisitions departments for various companies in the past – including IFC Films to Universal Pictures International – as well as a film scout for the strategic consultancy company Cinema Collet for various festival clients.

When he is not writing about film for SGIFF, Vincent runs Anticipate Pictures, a new film distribution company that focuses on bringing European arthouse, English-language independent, and documentaries to Singapore cinemas. He is a Magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelors in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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MABELYN OW

Hospitality 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 latest projects were 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 Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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LECK CHOON LING

Hospitality Executive

Choon Ling​ recently graduated from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University​, specialising in Broadcast and Cinema Studies. ​​​​She was a programmer for Perspectives Film Festival 2015: Transition, and was part of the pioneering batch of Youth Jurors at the 25th Singapore International Film Festival. Other than her content and marketing internship at Viddsee, ​she has also worked on the first season of Asia’s Got Talent as a production intern/ judge coordinator.

An aspiring film practitioner excited by all things cinematic, Choon Ling is interested in film writing and filmmaking. She is known for her frequent spurts of TV binge-watching ​and random bouts of city trekking. She is currently the Hospitality Executive at the Singapore International Film Festival.

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JEREMY CHUA

Festival Lounge Coordinator

Jeremy is a film producer and arts manager. He graduated from the Puttnam School of Film at LASALLE College of the Arts in 2012 with the Academic Excellence Award. He runs his own film company, Pōtocol, and often collaborates with Akanga Film Asia and curatorial label, Lowave. An EAVE Ties That Bind graduate in 2013, he has co-produced A Yellow Bird by K. Rajagopal (in competition, 55th Cannes Critics Week), Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis ng Filipino by Lav Diaz (Alfred Bauer Silver Bear, 66th Berlinale) and Kapatiran by Pepe Diokno (official selection, 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival). He is currently the Festival Lounge Coordinator at the Singapore International Film Festival.

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STEPHANIE LOH

Artiste Co-ordinator

Stephanie has been mostly working as secretary or PA throughout her working history for various industries. Prior to this current role, Stephanie was working in FremantleMedia Asia as Assistant to the Legal and HR Heads and also roped in to the Production Department for the 1st season of Asia Got Talent as the 4 celebrity judges’ manager role. Stephanie has also been working freelance as events specialist for Korean entertainment for past 4 years till date, organising and coordinating events locally and overseas for artiste such as Rain and other Korean artistes.

Other Artiste that she had managed include Alexander Lee Eusebio, formerly from a Kpop idol group U-Kiss who was one of the leads for Michelle Chong’s movie 3 Peas In A Pod which was filmed in Australia back in 2013.

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YUSRI SAPARI

Transport Co-ordinator

Yusri ‘Shaggy’ Sapari has been intrigued with recording ever since his dad bought him his first tape recorder.

Shaggy is heavily involved in video works of all kinds, from short films, commercials, social-media content, archival recording as well as theatre multimedia design.

Under The Orange Playground by The Necessary Stage in 2014, Shaggy was mentored by, Brian Gothong Tan, acclaimed Multimedia Designer.

Shaggy’s latest theatre works include, “Furthest North, Deepest South”, “Between You and Me”, “Tropical Traumas, a Series of Cinematographic Choreographies” and “State of Mind”.

He also hosts his own food show and vlogs as Shaggy Shag on YouTube.

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KYAN NG

Gala Events Manager

Kyan is an arts manager and producer for arts festivals and cultural organisations in Singapore. Her areas of expertise include performing arts programming, project development and management, event production and operations, audience development, community partnerships, artist liaison and communications.

Over the past sixteen years, Kyan has managed and delivered several successful programmes and festivals for the National Arts Council, Singapore Indoor Stadium, National Museum of Singapore and Art Stage Singapore. She was part of the programming and production team for the inaugural Singapore Night Festival and the subsequent five Festivals. She has also managed the programmes for the Freedom to Create exhibition in Xiamen, China and the Freedom to Create Art Prize in Cape Town, South Africa in 2011.

In 2012, Kyan established Proj-K to continue her work as an independent Producer and Arts Manager for visual and performing arts. She joined LASALLE College of the Arts as the Arts Internship Coordinator for the BA(Hons) Arts Management Programme in 2014. She is currently Gala Events Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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NUR AIN

Administrative Manager

Nur Ain was a Programmes Officer under the Visual Arts and later Performing Arts at the National Museum of Singapore from year 2007 to 2014. She was involved in various key programmes such as Art-on-Site, performing arts series, Night Festival and Children’s Season. From 2014 to 2015, she was part of the Education, Volunteer Management and Programmes team in Indian Heritage Centre (IHC). She had also contributed to the official opening of Indian Heritage Centre followed by its inaugural IHC Culturefest. Ain is currently the Administrative Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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CHERIE TAN

Programming Intern

Cherie is currently pursing her degree in Arts Management at LASALLE College of the Arts.

Prior to her internship at SGIFF, she has worked as a Programmes Officer at National Museum of Singapore and The Arts House. She was involved in various projects including Night Festival, The Arts Open House, Transducer and a personal project for charity, A Hundred Flowers.

Armed with a keen interest in programming and festival operations, Cherie has joined the 27th SGIFF team as Programming Intern to learn about the film industry in Singapore.

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JO’SSY KOH

Marketing & Partnerships Intern

Jo’ssy is a third-year student at LASALLE College of the Arts, BA (Hons) Arts Management course where she continuously explores the arts and culture field.

She has ventured in marketing and management of performing and visual arts events through campus activities and previous internships. Some of her prior engagements includes CHOPPA Experimental Music Festival 2016, Ted Secombe Master Potter Exhibition, Kidsfest!2015 and ACE! Festival 2014.

With a keen interest to hone her skills in arts marketing, Jo’ssy has joined the 27th SGIFF team as Marketing & Partnerships Intern to learn about the film industry and how it can reach its intended audience.

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NATALYN ANG

Festival Intern

Natalyn is a third-year student at Singapore Polytechnic’s Applied Drama and Psychology and is currently serving her internship at the Singapore International Film Festival.

She has ventured into the area of community arts for several school projects and with Drama Box, a bilingual theatre company. There, she aided with the facilitation of dialogues and front-of-house operations for IgnorLAND of its Time and Loss, Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree, Both Sides, Now, The Wind Came Home and SCENES: GoLi.

Her vested interest in film grew in the course of her years of study as she looks to pursue screen studies in university whilst engaging in applied theatre works independently in the near future.