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.
CINEMA LEGEND AWARD
SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM
BEST SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM
BEST SINGAPORE SHORT FILM
ASIAN FEATURE FILM
YOUTH JURY & CRITICS PROGRAMME
YOUTH CRITIC AWARD
YOUTH JURY PRIZE
SOUTHEAST ASIAN FILM LAB
MOST PROMISING PROJECT
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.