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.

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.

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.

PROGRAMMING

LAI WEIJIE

SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGER

Lai Weijie’s 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. His latest project Taste was selected at L’Atelier at the Cannes Film Festival and received both the Co-Production Award and the Arte International Prize at TorinoFilmLab. As Programme Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival, Weijie initiated three film mentorship programmes: the Southeast Asian Film Lab, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme, and Southeast Asian Producer’s Network.

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.

LEONG PUIYEE

PROGRAMME MANAGER

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.

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.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING

RENEE TAN

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Renee Tan is a Business Development and Marketing Specialist with more than 12 years of experience in the Arts. Her experience traverses the domains of sponsorship, partnership development, fundraising, sales, and marketing.

Renee has been instrumental in helping companies such as the Pangdemonium Theatre Company, the Singapore Repertory Theatre, and Glowtape Productions create successful sales and marketing campaigns, cultivate their corporate prospects, and grow their sponsorship targets.

Notable productions she has been involved in include: for Pangdemonium, Chinglish, Falling, RENT, The Pillowman, and Tango; for Glowtape Productions, The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey; for the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park Series, RSC’s King Lear, The Bridge Project, and 3 Titans of Theatre which notably featured 3 productions by Simon McBurney, Yukio Ninagawa and Peter Brooke.

Her passion includes theatre, film, and travelling. Renee is currently Business Development Director of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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.

HOSPITALITY

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.