Organised in partnership with the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University and *SCAPE, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture and guide a generation of young writers on cinema from the region. In its lead-up and during the Festival, the young critics’ articles and video essays will be published in the festival’s film journal, Youth Meets Film. The programme will conclude with the young jurors awarding the Youth Jury Prize to one of the films competing in the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition during the Silver Screen Awards. One of the participants will also receive the Young Critic Award, awarded for originality of writing and for their contribution to cinematic discussions in the region.


Victor Fan is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Film Studies, King’s College London and Film Consultant of Chinese Visual Festival. Fan graduated with a Ph.D. from the Film Studies Program and the Comparative Literature Department of Yale University, and an MFA in Film and Television Productions at School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California. He is the author of Cinema Approaching Reality: Locating Chinese Film Theory, published in 2015 by the University of Minnesota Press. His new book, Extraterritoriality: Politics and Hong Kong Media will be published in 2019 by the Edinburg University Press. His articles have been published in peer-review journals including World Picture Journal, Camera Obscura, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Screen, Film History: An International Journal, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, anthologies A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder and American and Chinese-Language Cinemas, film magazines 24 Images: Cinéma, Dianying yishu [Film Art], Zihua [Zifaa or Word blossoms], and Siyi. His film The Well was an official selection of the São Paolo International Film Festival; it was also screened at the Anthology Film Archives, the Japan Society and the George Eastman House.


  • Entry Fees & Eligibility

  • Entry Fees: None.
  • Eligibility:
    • Keen interest in films from Southeast Asia
    • Basic knowledge of film theory and critical writing
    • Rudimentary knowledge of camera / sound equipment and editing software
    • Current student in a post-secondary educational institution
    • Based in Singapore
  • Definition

    • Film theory aims to explore the essence of the cinema and provide conceptual frameworks to understand film’s relationship to reality, other artforms, spectators, and its significance to society at large.
    • A video essay is a piece of audio-visual content that like an essay advances an argument but through the use of filmic techniques.
  • Deadline

    • All submissions must complete the Online Submission Form by Saturday, 1 September 2018, 6.00pm (GMT+8).
    • Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
    • Any submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • Selected Participants

    • SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme will inform successful applicants of the selection results by mid-September 2018.
    • SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of applicants.
    • Once selected, the applicant must confirm that they will commit to the time commitment required by the Youth Jury & Critics Programme.
    • Workshops will be conducted in English; knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.
    • Participants agree that produced works as part of the SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme may be published on SGIFF related online portals, festivals publications and other materials relating to the festival.