Films to catch at the
32nd Singapore International
Film Festival

25 Nov – 5 Dec 2021

Festival Opening

The Festival opens its 32nd edition with “Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash”, screened alongside this year’s SGIFF Commissioned Short, “Dreaming”

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Asian Feature Film Competition

The dynamism of the region is fully expressed through 10 new films by directors with each film’s distinct localism and diversity of style.

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Southeast Asian Short Film Competition

Presents 23 new films across five programmes that are a testament to the abundance of strong, creative talents from the region.

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Singapore Panorama

Presenting the latest feature and short films that showcase talents in local filmmaking, with its finger on the pulse of the most exciting developments in Singapore cinema.

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Milestone

A showcase of films that celebrates a special significance such as an important event of a filmmaker’s career, national cinema or film history in general.

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Foreground

Featuring some of the cinematic highlights of the year, including award-winners, festival favourites and critically acclaimed new works from established auteurs.

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Standpoint

Platforms important attitudes of personal, social and political consequences through the cinematic medium and its accompanying discussions.

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Undercurrent

Uncovers and affirms imaginative treatments of the moving image within the practice of cinematic presentations.

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Domain

Domain is a new thematic section focused on a sphere of activity and knowledge in cinema.

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Festival Schedule

The Sacred Spirit

3 Dec 2021, 7.00 PM

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet

3 Dec 2021, 9.15 PM

Inu-Oh

3 Dec 2021, 10.30 PM

Ushiku

4 Dec 2021, 1.00 PM

Those Left Waiting

1 Dec 2021, 7.00 PM
2 Dec 2021, 6.30 PM

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Forum

Beyond film screenings, join us in a range of talks by filmmakers and industry experts that offer insights into the creative processes and developments in cinema culture.

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Highlights

Milestone

Feature Film

Barbarian Invasion

After a decade-long hiatus, TAN Chui Mui returns to feature filmmaking with a refreshing genre-defying action flick that serves an allegory for motherhood and the reclamation of one’s self.

TAN Chui Mui Malaysia, Hong Kong 106 Min NC16 (Some Coarse Language and Violence) Singapore Premiere

Undercurrent

Short Film

Raśmi

The visualisation of conflicting states of being.

Sarker PROTICK Bangladesh 9 Min Southeast Asian Premiere

Undercurrent

Feature Film

El Gran Movimiento

City symphony meets social realism in this sprawling story of miners who march to the Bolivian capital demanding for work.

Kiro RUSSO Bolivia, France, Qatar, Switzerland 85 Min PG13 (Some Coarse Language and Drug References) Asian Premiere

Milestone

Feature Film

Those Left Waiting

The refugee experience materialises with unprecedented immediacy in this first-ever global live documentary co-directed and filmed by refugee filmmakers.

Michael BEETS Australia 70 Min NC16 Southeast Asian Premiere

Asian Feature Film Competition

Feature Film

Whether the Weather is Fine

A numinous tale of environmental refugees seeking a new life serves a tragicomic take on humanity after a disaster.

Carlo Francisco MANATAD Philippines, France, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, Qatar 105 Min NC16 (Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere

Standpoint

Feature Film

Mr Bachmann and His Class

A sensitive and compelling portrait of immigrant youths adapting to life in a town with a troubled history, aided by their thoughtful and inspired teacher.

Maria SPETH Germany 217 Min NC16 Singapore Premiere

Domain

Short Film

Domain Shorts: Roots & Routes

Contemporary collectives demonstrate how indigenous filmmaking can function as a communal act of resistance. In open defiance, these collectives resist the notion of terra nullius by staking a claim to their lands.

Multiple USA, Vietnam, France, Taiwan 87 Min NC16 (Some Nudity and Coarse Language)

Festival Must-Knows

Your guides to plan for this year festival.

Festival News

Press Release

SGIFF32: Press Conference

We had the pleasure of having the panel comprising @panuksmihardjowirogo, @jeremykit, @boojunfeng, @eewyak, Emily Hoe and @anitakapoor as our lovely moderator to discuss what we have in store for you this year.

Head over to our socials to find out more what happened then!

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Social

#SGIFFchats with composer and sound designer Joe Ng

A prolific and versatile composer and sound designer, Joe Ng’s works span across multiple musical styles and screen genres. With over a hundred projects from feature films, shorts, commercials, to art installations, these include box office horror hit, “The Maid” (2005), acclaimed art house film, “7 Letters” (2015), and most recently, HBO Asia’s “Invisible Stories” (2020).

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Support

SGIFF x Knuckles & Notch

Local filmmakers like Royston Tan, Boo Junfeng and Anthony Chen have impacted the community through their voices and passion in the mission of keeping the magic of storytelling alive in our region. 🎞🎞🎞

Click on to find out more on how you can keep this craft alive!

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News

SGIFF32: Epiphanies by Jo Teo

Will SGIFF this year be too modern? Or are film fests generally a snooze fest? Our dearest SGIFF friend, @jodecro has the answers for you! Check out her video to find out what her epiphanies were for this year’s edition of SGIFF ❤️

Or better yet, grab a ticket, come on down and find out for yourself!

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#SGIFFChats: Cinema Forever

“I hope SGIFF will continue to inspire generations of audiences and introduce more voices from Singapore and Southeast Asia to Singapore audiences and also to the world.” – Anthony Chen, Filmmaker

In the 32nd Singapore International Film Festival, we celebrate necessary persistence in storytelling, especially in current times.

With some dear friends of SGIFF, celebrate the Festival’s mission to deepen the love for film and support SEA and local talents so that we can continue to make it possible for future talents to be discovered.

A big thank you in continuation of being a voice for the community: @antchen, @kirstentan , @mynameisfauzi , @vilecorpses , @amandaleekoe and @Tan Jia Hui.

🎥 : @dauntlus, @dauntlus.studios

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