Discover the latest developments in cinema and filmmaking from our industry professionals and guest curators, with our series of talks at the festival.
FOCUS PANEL: REIMAGINING IDENTITIES IN TAIWANESE DOCU-MEMORIES
1 DEC, SAT / 11:00AM – 12:30PM
In partnership with the Taiwan Film Institute and Taiwan Docs
Accompanying the film selection from SGIFF’s Focus on Taiwanese Documentary Cinema, this in-depth discussion will delve into how Taiwanese documentary filmmakers broach the collective histories of a nation through representations of personal experiences. The distinguished panel of speakers will share their insights on the distinct Taiwanese ‘voice’, along with the thematic concerns that present themselves in these docu-memories.
Wood Lin is a film critic and film festival organiser. Since receiving his Master’s degree from the National University of the Arts, he has published a book on Taiwan’s documentary history. He is currently the Executive Director of Taiwan Documentary Filmmakers’ Union, and the Program Director of Taiwan International Documentary Festival.
Ho Chao-ti is an independent filmmaker and the production director of CNEX Taipei, a non-profit platform for Chinese documentary- making. Ho worked as a reporter for the Independence Evening Post and PTS News before trying her hand at documentary filmmaking. She is the first Taiwanese director to receive a Sundance Institute grant.
Wu Yao-tung is a graduate of Fu Jen Catholic University and Tainan National University of the Arts, and has been making documentaries since 1996. He is best known for his seminal 1998 work, Swimming on the Highway, which won the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize at the 1999 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.
PANEL DISCUSSION: FUNDING APPROACHES TO ALTERNATIVE STORIES
2 DEC, SUN / 3:00PM – 5:15PM
Organised as part of the SGIFF Southeast Asian Producers Network
The Southeast Asian Producers Network brings together producers from the region to share their wealth of knowledge with one another in an open exchange of ideas. This year, our panel discussion revolves around what makes a project an attractive proposition for private investment. We will also have a candid conversation with a producer who has always pushed the boundaries of creative producing.
PART I: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Independent film financing has always been a difficult process to navigate. Four private investors in the region share their past experiences in film financing and what they believe makes a project attractive and interesting to financiers. Join us as they offer insights on how to get your films financed.
PART 2: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Lord David Puttnam
With over 30 years of filmmaking experience under his belt, British film producer Lord David Puttnam has won 10 Oscars, 25 BAFTAs and a Palme d’Or at Cannes, with films such as The Mission, Chariots of Fire, Bugsy Malone and Midnight Express. The famed producer is also known for his engagement with education – the Puttnam School of Film at LASALLE was named in his honour, and he continues to give masterclasses to LASALLE’s film students. Find out more about his cinematic journey, from his younger days at an advertising agency all the way to his triumphs in Hollywood.
SINGAPORE CINEMA: NEW PERSPECTIVES
1 DEC, SAT / 11:00AM – 12:20PM
*NATIONAL MUSEUM of SINGAPORE
Talk and screening of commissioned documentary, in conjunction with Singapore Film Commission’s 20th Anniversary
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Singapore Film Commission has commissioned a documentary highlighting the history and evolution of the Singapore film industry. The documentary presents a reflective take on the development of local filmmakers and their community from the past to the present, and explores the next chapter for Singaporean films as the industry continues growing.
Joachim Ng is the Director of Singapore Film Commission, a division within the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). Ng oversees industry development strategy for the film sector, including talent development and film production. Ng previously worked at the Media Development Authority, Infocomm Development Authority and Singapore Economic Development Board.
Eric Khoo placed Singapore on the global film map with Mee Pok Man (1995) and 12 Storeys (1997). His Be With Me (2005) and My Magic (2008) both screened at Cannes. Khoo has also produced features including 15, Sandcastle and Apprentice. He has served on juries at venues including Cannes, Locarno, Rotterdam and the Asian Film Awards.
Kirsten Tan has won Best Southeast Asian Short Film (for Dahdi), Best Director (for Fonzi), and a Special Jury Prize (for 10 Minutes Later) at SGIFF. Her debut feature, POP AYE, won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at Sundance 2017, and the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam 2017.
Sanif Olek is a Singapore-based film and television director. His debut feature film, Sayang Disayang, was Singapore’s official entry to the 2015 Academy Awards. Sanif has earned multiple awards for writing and directing in television. His shorts have received acclaim for their authentic, raw Singaporean stories.
1 DEC, SAT / 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Supported by Singapore Writers Festival
The number of local literary works turned into films and television series has steadily increased over the decade. We explore the challenges and technicalities of book adaptations. From rights clearance and creative licensing to working with the authors, our speakers share their personal experiences and lessons learnt.
Adrian Tan is best known for his Straits Times-bestseller novels The Teenage Textbook (1988) and The Teenage Workbook (1989). The Teenage Textbook was adapted into a hit film in 1998, and a play by Haresh Sharma for The Necessary Stage. Tan co-created the award-winning TV series The Pupil, and wrote the story for Jack Neo’s Homecoming (2011). He practices as a litigator at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC.
Fran Borgia is the Singapore-based founder of Akanga Film Asia. He has produced such films as Ho Tzu Nyen’s Here (2009, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight), K. Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird (2016, Cannes Critics’ Week) and Boo Junfeng’s Sandcastle (2010, Cannes Critics’ Week) and Apprentice (2016, Cannes Un Certain Regard). His latest production, A Land Imagined by Yeo Siew Hua, became the first Singapore winner of the prestigious Locarno Film Festival’s Pardo d’oro.
Lee Thean-jeen is the managing director of Weiyu Films. Lee is one of the most prolific creatives in Singapore’s film and television industry. To date, he has adapted more than 20 published works by Singapore writers for the screen. He most recently adapted Gregory Nalpon’s Timepieces into a short film for the 2017 Singapore Writers Festival, and Wong Swee Hoon’s The Other into a dramatic web-series, Divided 分裂.
Wee Li Lin is one of Singapore’s pioneer female filmmakers. She has made numerous short films and two feature films, as well as telemovies and commercials. Her films have travelled to prestigious festivals and won several awards locally and internationally. In 2018, Wee was commissioned to direct Singapore’s National Day music video We are Singapore, an instant sensation. She also teaches film studies at various tertiary institutions around Singapore.
The Future of Cinema Forum: Independent Cinemas in the Digital Age
SINGAPORE CINEMA: NEW PERSPECTIVES
1 DEC, SAT / 2:00PM – 3:30PM
In an age of digital downloads and binge-watching, cinemas are not the only places to watch films. Despite that, alternative brick-and-mortar screening venues are thriving. With emphasis on indie features, these venues offer a fresh cinematic experience and a support network for filmmaking communities. In this discussion, we speak to independent exhibitors about the role these venues play in developing audiences and building a future for indie films.
Gary Mak is the managing director of Broadway Cinematheque in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Broadway Cinematheque pioneered arthouse cinema in both China and Hong Kong. It is operated by Edko Films, a multi-faceted film company covering production, distribution and exhibition. Mak also actively serves as a jury member on numerous international film festivals and as an advisor for institutions such as Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival and Udine Far East Film Festival.
Sarinya Manamuti co-founded independent cinema Bangkok Screening Room. Manamuti graduated with a B.A. in Visual Arts from Western Sydney University and an M.A. in Arts Management from RMIT University in Melbourne. With her vast experience in exhibition installation (at Crawl Inc. Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney; the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Museums Victoria in Melbourne), she is committed to supporting independent filmmakers.
Han Min Li is an entrepreneur, cultural observer and independent researcher. In 2007, she founded Filmgarde Cineplexes, an independent cinema chain in Singapore. Han is a supporter of the Singapore arts scene and an advocate of cross-cultural exchange, and actively participates in various arts and cultural forums, conferences and initiatives around the region. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Asia at the National University of Singapore.
Before co-founding and running Singapore’s only independent cinema, The Projector, Sharon Tan practiced as an urban planner at Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. She completed her B.Sc. in Urban Planning and M.Sc. in Urban Regeneration at the Bartlett School of Planning in London. Her current dual roles as urban planner in Pocket Projects and General Manager of The Projector marry two of her greatest loves – cities and films.
Love Me, Tease Me: Pillow Talk with the Directors
2 DEC, SUN / 11:00AM – 1:00PM
‘Love Me, Tease Me’ is an omnibus commissioned by A-List, featuring 10 shorts by 10 exciting young Southeast Asian directors. Each director’s interpretation of this theme is different: Some are melancholic, some packed with fun. Some play with time and space, some involve out-of-this-world experiences… there’s even a non-human one. Whatever you make of the premise, the collection is sure to stretch your imagination.
Amanda Nell Eu is a Malaysia-based filmmaker who explores the female body and identity within the context of Southeast Asia. Her latest short, It’s Easier to Raise Cattle, premiered in competition at the 2017 Venice Film Festival. She is developing her first feature, Tiger Stripes (SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab 2017).
While at Chulalongkorn University, Laotian Anysay Keola made Another Love Story, one of five films awarded the Distinguished Prize at the 2011 Young Thai Artist Awards. His thesis film, At The Horizon, was the first commercial Lao film to be broadcast on HBO Asia. He also founded Lao New Wave Cinema Productions.
Cambodian filmmaker Kavich Neang directed his first short, A Scale Boy, in 2010 during a documentary film workshop led by Rithy Panh. A participant of Cannes’s Cinéfondation 2017-2018 filmmaking residency, he is currently developing his first narrative feature, White Building. He is also co-founder of production company Anti-Archive.
Le Bao was born in the slums of Saigon. His shorts include Coal, inspired by his father, and Scent, winner of the Golden Heart award at YxineFF 2014 and in competition at the 26th SGIFF. His upcoming debut feature, Taste, won both a Co-Production Award and the ARTE International Prize at TorinoFilmLab, among other accolades.
Indonesian film critic Makbul Mubarak co-founded the film scholarship website Cinema Poetica before becoming a filmmaker himself. He is an alumnus of Korea National University of Arts, and of Berlinale Talents 2012. His short film The Malediction (2016) received special mention at SGIFF 2017. He is developing his first feature, Autobiography.
Nicole Midori Woodford’s latest short, Permanent Resident, screened in competition at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2018. The Singaporean’s first feature, You Are There, won the Open SEA Fund Award and the SEAFIC-TFL Award at the inaugural Southeast Asian Fiction Film Lab in 2017, and was selected for TorinoFilmLab’s 2018 FeatureLab program.
Nik Amir Hafiz is a Kuala Lumpur-based producer and director. His acclaimed feature KIL (2013) took home various Best Film and Best Director awards: at the 2014 Malaysia Film Festival, at 8TV’s Shout! Awards and at TV3’s Anugerah Skrin awards. His latest feature, Terbaik Dari Langit, won Best Film at the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards.
Sharifah Amani is a Malaysia-based actress and filmmaker, known for working with the late director Yasmin Ahmad. Amani has directed three shorts: Sangkar (2010), Kampung Bangsar (2012) and Hawa (2013). She landed a Best Music Video nomination at 2016’s Anugerah Industri Muzik 22 for Fynn Jamal’s ‘Suatu Pernah’.
Sheron Dayoc is a Mindanaon filmmaker. His first feature, Halaw/Ways of The Sea (2010), won four top awards at Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, a NETPAC Special Mention award at Berlinale, and various other prizes. An Asian Film Academy and NEXT Masterclass alumnus, Dayoc founded production company Lantern Studios.
Bangkok-based Sorayos Prapapan started out as a sound recordist, then went on to screen shorts at Venice, Rotterdam, Busan, Clermont- Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Fribourg International Film Festival. His upcoming first feature, Arnold is a Model Student, was selected for various film labs. It received Rotterdam’s Hubert Bal Fund in 2015 and a Thai Ministry of Culture grant in 2018.
ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator: FLY2018 Graduation Screening
3 DEC, MON / 4:00PM
*NATIONAL DESIGN CENTRE
ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator: FLY is an ASEAN-ROK Co-operation Project and a short filmmaking workshop led by the Busan Film Commission-Busan Asian Film School (AFiS). This year the Singapore Film Commission is co-organising the event. FLY 2018 takes place in Singapore from 21 November to 4 December 2018.
The FLY Project aims to discover talented aspiring filmmakers from the 10 Southeast Asian countries and South Korea. The young filmmakers will have the opportunity to produce two short films under the supervision of established mentors. This year’s mentors include Chai Yee Wei (Singapore) and Shin Dongseok (Korea) as directing instructors, Derrick Loo (Singapore) and Um Hyejung (Korea) as cinematography instructors, Steve M. Choe (USA) as editing instructor, Kim Junseok (Korea) as music instructor, Park Sungho (Korea) as producing instructor, and Eric Khoo (Singapore) as masterclass lecturer.