The Silver Screen Awards aims to create awareness of the rich filmmaking talents throughout Asia and Southeast Asia, and pave the way for a Singapore film industry.
First introduced in 1991, the Silver Screen Awards was the first such international competition with a specific Asian film category; thus charting the rise of Asian Cinema and recognising the talents of new and upcoming filmmakers, many of whom were to become some of the most prominent filmmakers of our time.
The films in competition are previewed by an international jury and screened to the public throughout the Festival period, which culminates in the Silver Screen Awards presentation, held on 2 December 2017 at the Grand Theatre of Marina Bay Sands.
ASIAN FEATURE FILM
DISAPPEARANCE BY ALI ASGARI
For telling a story of just one night, with such amazing simplicity truth and compassion, and yet conveying the complexity of a whole culture and human relationships that resonate deeply, whichever culture you belong to.
ANUCHA BOONYAWATANA FOR THE FILM MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER
For the Director’s quiet, extremely sensitive, beautifully shot exploration of fundamental themes of our existence. The film gently nudges us into a meditative state to enable us to explore for ourselves, the meaning of being in the present. Of being in the now. Of Life and of Death.
SADAF ASGARI FOR THE FILM DISAPPEARANCE BY ALI ASGARI
For her ability to convey complex emotions in an amazingly understated performance, she quietly draws you into her world and once there, grips you to explore every small nuance of the character’s intense emotions.
The jury would like to recognize a film that took a compelling journey into a young man’s life. Anchored by the truth and the raw energy of its lead performance, SCAFFOLDING is a film that took us inside the experience of a young man coming of age and struggling for validation.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM
BEST SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM
JODILERKS DELA CRUZ, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH BY CARLO FRANSISCO MANATAD
The dark humor of the film worked very well. The farcical approach in the story telling was very effective in depicting the issues of lawlessness, crime and violence, affecting not only the country in question but the world at large. The strong performance and the film being set in a limited location also gave it an edge.
BEST SINGAPORE SHORT FILM
BETWEEN US TWO BY TAN WEI KEONG
The marriage between the same gender is an issue that needs to be recognized and be heard. It comes from a very personal point of view which makes it even more poignant in the way it was presented. The personal approach and the use of animation was effective and it added another layer to the story telling.
SORAYOS PRAPAPAN FOR THE FILM DEATH OF THE SOUND MAN
The director has a very deft hand in the story telling. The juxtaposition of sound and silence in the film to play out the themes and issues in the story was very effectual without trying too hard. By taking this approach, it made the film more poignant and relevant.
THE MALEDICTION BY MAKBUL MUBARAK
A sensitive issue like religion and polygamy in a country that abides by tradition gave us great insight into the lives of these characters living in a small province. Addressing issues of corruption and craft associated with political and religious bodies is reflected in a quirky manner in this film. The bizarre take on gender inequality also makes this film very relevant today.
CINEMA LEGEND AWARD
YOUTH JURY & CRITICS PROGRAMME
YOUNG CRITIC AWARD
YOUTH JURY PRIZE
DEATH OF THE SOUND MAN BY SORAYOS PRAPAPAN
SOUTHEAST ASIAN FILM LAB
MOST PROMISING PROJECT
A USEFUL GHOST
HONORARY AWARD & CINEMA LEGEND AWARD
Born in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, Garin Nugroho attended Jakarta Institute of Arts to study filmmaking, and later the University of Indonesia where he read law.
After university, he directed Love in a Slice of Bread in 1991, which garnered six nominations and won Best Film at the Indonesian Film Festival that same year. While filmmaking slowed down in the ‘90s due to his country’s political climate, Nugroho remained steadfast in his commitment to cinema and produced numerous films including Water and Romi (1991), Letter for an Angel (1994) and My Family, My Films, My Nation (1998) – a political essay about his explorations on the state of his nation.
Capturing the love for his country and Javanese culture, Nugroho’s films possess an undeniable poetic and reflective quality that resonate strongly with audiences, gaining critical attention at home and international festivals. This year, Nugroho’s Setan Jawa opened the Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts at the Melbourne Art Centre, combining film and live music.
A teacher, community leader and artist, Nugroho is one of the most important Southeast Asian filmmakers of our time, having negotiated the complexities of his nation through the language of film. He is the recipient of the President Habibie culture award, the French honorary decoration of Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et Lettres, and the Stella D’atelerie Cavalerie award from the Italian government.
The 28th SGIFF is proud to confer this year’s Honorary Award to Garin Nurgoho.
CINEMA LEGEND AWARD
Born in the Nagasaki prefecture of Japan, Koji Yakusho is one of the foremost actors of his generation, best known for his sensitive portrayals of the common man as well as quietly powerful performances in films like Shôhei Imamura’s 1997 Palme d’Or winner, The Eel.
Having worked in over 60 films with directors including Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Takashi Miike, Yakusho received his first taste of acting in 1978 when he was accepted into Tatsuya Nakadai’s prestigious Mumeijuku theatre academy. In the ‘80s, his breakout role of feudal lord Oda Nobunaga in the NHK drama, Tokugawa Ieyasu, launched him to wider stardom. Yakusho later endeared himself to audiences with an iconic turn as the middle- aged accountant in Masayuki Suo’s Shall We Dance (1996). His prolific work has garnered him multiple acting awards, and in 2012, the Shiju Hosho Medal of Honour from the Emperor of Japan at the youngest age for an actor for his outstanding achievements in the creative field.
On the international stage, Yakusho has also made an impact through memorable performances in films like Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Babel (2006). His latest work includes Hirokazu Kore-eda’s highly-anticipated The Third Murder, an official selection in competition at 2017 Venice International Film Festival, and a special appearance in Atsuko Hirayanagi’s critically-acclaimed Oh Lucy!, screening in SGIFF’s Special Presentation section this year.
We are proud to present the Cinema Legend Award to Koji Yakusho for his lifelong dedication to acting, and his inspiring contribution to Asian cinema.
SILVER SCREEN AWARDS JURY PANEL
SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION
This year, Programming Director of the Asian Future section at Tokyo International Film Festival, Kenji Ishizaka, will lead the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition Jury. He is joined by Singapore filmmaker K. Rajagopal and Indonesian actress Marsha Timothy in judging the following categories – Best Southeast Asian Short Film, Best Singapore Short Film, Best Director and Special Mention. Complementary to these awards, the Youth Jury Prize will be decided by participants of the SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme.
HEAD OF JURY
Asian Future Programming Director, Tokyo International Film Festival
Dean, Japan Institute of Moving Images
Born in 1960 in Tokyo, Ishizaka holds a Master of Arts at the graduate school of Waseda University. From 1990 to 2007, he was the Film Coordinator at the Japan Foundation (JF), and has organized and managed more than 70 projects from Asia and Arab. He then moved on to the Tokyo International Film Festival as Programme Director of Asian Future section in 2007. He has also served as a Professor of Japan Institute of Moving Images since 2011. As a film critic, his recent books include Amidst the Sea of Documentary: Dialogues with Tsuchimoto Noriaki in 2008, and The Forest of the Asian Cinema in 2012.
K. Rajagopal won the Singapore International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for three consecutive years for his short films I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997). His works have travelled internationally including screenings at Hong Kong International Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. His short film The Flame was part of the SG50 IMDA commissioned omnibus film 7 Letters which had its Asian premiere at the Busan Film Festival in 2015. Most recently, Rajagopal’s first feature film A Yellow Bird premiered at the International Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival 2016.
Marsha Timothy first became publicly known through her debut in the film Expedition Madewa (2006). Since then she has participated in 16 film and 21 television productions. She is best known for The Forbidden Door (2009), Khalifah (2011), The Raid 2 (2014) and most recently Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, which premiered at Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. She received the Best Actress and Most Favourite Actress awards at the Indonesia Movie Awards 2015 and Best Actress at the Piala Maya 2015 for her role in Nada Untuk Asa. Marsha also won the Actress of the Year accolade at the Showbiz Award Indonesia in 2015.
ASIAN FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Shekhar Kapur, an established film director with a strong presence both in Indian and Western Cinema, will serve as the head juror for the Asian Feature Film Competition this year. Joining Kapur on the jury are Hong Kong filmmaker Clara Law, Iranian-American screenwriter and director Ana Lily Amirpour, and Head of Programming at the Locarno Film Festival Mark Peranson. They will be judging four categories – Best Film, Best Director, Best Performance and Special Mention.
HEAD OF JURY
Filmmaker | India
No stranger to a juror’s role at international film festivals, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has previously served on the Jury of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, London Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival. He first gained global recognition with his film Bandit Queen (1994), which won rave reviews after premiering at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight. He then introduced Australian actress Cate Blanchett to the world in his two historical biopics of Queen Elizabeth, which won two Academy Awards and six BAFTA Awards between them. A man of many talents, Kapur went beyond films and collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber to co-create the West End musical Bombay Dreams.
ANA LILY AMIRPOUR
Filmmaker | USA
Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature directorial debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and was the opening selection for the New Directors/New Films screening series at the MoMA in New York City. The film went on to win the Revelations Prize at the 2014 Deauville Film Festival and the Carnet Jove Jury Award, as well as the Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation from the Sitges Film Festival. Amirpour’s sophomore film, The Bad Batch (2016), which stars Jason Momoa, Suki Waterhouse, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey, premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival where it took home the Special Jury Prize.
Filmmaker | Hong Kong, Australia
Clara Law studied film at the National Film School in England after graduating from the Hong Kong University. She returned to craft a number of internationally acclaimed features including Autumn Moon (Golden Leopard, Locarno 1992; Best Picture, European Art Theatres Association) and Temptation of a Monk (competition Venice 1993, Grand Prix Creteil). She moved to Australia in 1995 and continued to work in films that won many international awards including Floating Life (Silver Leopard 1996, Best Film and Best Director Gijon), The Goddess of 1967 (Best Actress Award Venice 2000, nominated Golden Lion Venice, Best Film FIPRESCI Tromso, Best Director Teplice Artfilm). She is currently working on Drifting Petals with her husband and longtime collaborator(producer, writer) Eddie Fong.
Head of Programming, Locarno International Film Festival | Switzerland
Mark Peranson is editor and publisher of Cinema Scope magazine, for which he was awarded the 2010 Clyde Gilmour Award for contribution to advancement of film by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Since 2013, he has been Head of Programming for Locarno Festival, having been a member of the Locarno selection committee from 2010 to 2012. His works as a director include Waiting for Sancho (2008) and La última película (2013, co-directed with Raya Martin), both of which played at more than 30 festivals worldwide. His writing has appeared in myriad publications worldwide including The Village Voice, Cahiers du Cinéma, Sight and Sound, Revolver, El Amante, The Globe and Mail, and Film Comment.