WAHYUNI A. HADI

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Wahyuni Hadi is a film producer, author and curator specializing in the management of film and media projects. She has spent a large part of her career creating platforms to launch the works of emerging film talents and strongly believes in setting the foundation for film literacy at a young age and creating the bridge for artists and audiences.

In 2013, Hadi published and edited the book Behind the Camera and co-produced the film Ilo Ilo, winner of the Camera d’Or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and Best Feature Film at 50th Golden Horse Awards. Hadi’s ties with the Festival and the Singapore arts scene go back a long way – in 2009, she was Festival Director of the 22nd instalment of SGIFF after serving as Festival Manager in 2008. She is also co-founder of the independent film distribution label Objectifs Films and was a senior programmer at The Substation, where she created milestone film programmes, and was Editor of its arts publication Substance. In 2003, she co-founded the Fly By Night Video Challenge with filmmaker Tan Pin Pin, and in 2009, initiated the Singapore Short Film Awards with filmmaker Chai Yeewei. From 2010 to 2012, she curated the dance film section of the Singapore Arts Festival, and was named one of Female Magazine’s “50 Most Inspiring Women” in 2010. In 2011, she was featured as one of the “Creative SHEroes, InsideOut” in Singapore, curated by Kelley Cheng with TEDxSingapore. Hadi was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship 2016 and selected as the 2016 United Technologies Corporation Fellow.

Hadi holds an M.A in Arts Management from LASALLE College of the Arts and is a Partner of Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking. She is currently Executive Director of the Singapore International Film Festival.

KUO MING-JUNG

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

A film curator, Kuo Ming-Jung has spent much of her career in film festival management, programming and distribution. Her work as Programme Director for Taipei Film Festival, carried a balance of showcasing new talent as well as celebrating cinema heritage. During her time at the Taipei Film Festival, Kuo had developed new programmes such as In Progress: VR and the workshop initiative Produire au Sud Taipei which emphasised script development, co-production and marketing strategies. She also edited special issue publications, Portuguese Cinema (2015) and Twenty in An Instant (2018).

Kuo has served on several juries and selection panels including for the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam, and was a Programme Consultant for SGIFF in 2017 and 2018. Kuo is a member of Selection Committee for Locarno Film Festival Open Doors section and is currently the Programme Director for the Singapore International Film Festival.

ANG HWEE SIM

General Manager

Ang Hwee Sim is a film producer, arts manager and occasional publicist. She has over 10 years of business & industry development, as well as marketing communications experience in the arts, media and entertainment-related industries.

From 2002 to 2006, in her role as Assistant Director of Singapore Film Commission (part of Media Development Authority), she was instrumental in developing and pushing for programmes to grow a vibrant local film industry in Singapore. She subsequently worked with various film and arts companies, including MediaCorp Raintree Pictures, Drama Box, NUS Centre for the Arts and T.H.E Dance Company. Her last encounter with SGIFF was as the festival publicist in 2009 for its 22nd edition which achieved record attendance figures. In her many years of working in the industry, she has also produced several film and performing arts projects. Her producing credits for film include Ilo Ilo (Camera d’Or Award, Cannes Film Festival 2013 and Best Feature Film, Golden Horse Awards 2013), The Leap Years (2008), Sing to the Dawn (2008) and 881 (2007). She is currently the General Manager of Singapore International Film Festival.

PROGRAMMING

LAI WEIJIE

SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGER

Lai Weijie’s producing credits include the debut film by Kirsten Tan POP AYE – winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival and the VPRO Big Screen Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam. His latest project Taste was selected at L’Atelier at the Cannes Film Festival and received both the Co-Production Award and the Arte International Prize at TorinoFilmLab. As Programme Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival, Weijie initiated three film mentorship programmes: the Southeast Asian Film Lab, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme, and Southeast Asian Producer’s Network.

LEONG PUIYEE

PROGRAMME MANAGER

Puiyee is a manager at Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, where she is responsible for the film programmes and projects. She also coordinates the film sales at Objectifs Films, an independent film distribution label. She has managed film events such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, cINE65 Short Film Competition and the Fly By Night Video Challenge. She was part of the pre-selection committee of the inaugural SEAShorts Film Festival 2017 in Malaysia. An occasional zine artist, Puiyee has taken part in the 2013 Tokyo Art Book Fair and Print Lab: Art and Design publication exhibition under Grey Projects. She is currently the Programme Manager (Short Films) for the Singapore International Film Festival.

Tan Si En

Programme MANAGER

Tan Si En is a producer based in Singapore. She graduated from Film, Sound & Video at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2013, and received a B.A. in Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. Since then, she has worked under the mentorship of Soros Sukhum (185 Films, Thailand), Lai Weijie (E&W Films, Singapore), and Anthony Chen (Giraffe Pictures, Singapore).

She is the producer of Wet Season by Anthony Chen and the assistant producer of POP AYE, which made its World Premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2017 where it received a Special Jury Prize. POP AYE was also awarded the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Si En currently oversees the offscreen and development programmes at the Singapore International Film Festival.

OLIVIA TAY

PROGRAMME EXECUTIVE

Olivia is a programmer at the Singapore International Film Festival, overseeing the Cinema Today and Singapore Panorama sections and handling film traffic.

Before switching over to the programming team, she was involved in the SGIFF Hospitality team in 2014 and 2015. She has also had experience with film production and events management. Olivia graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2014, majoring in Sociology and with a minor in Film Studies.

She constantly wishes for more time to watch films, football and amateur cooking shows.

Sarah How

PROGRAMME EXECUTIVE

Sarah How is the most recent addition to the programming team as a programming intern. Fresh out from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both Sociology and Film & Television Studies she wishes to learn more about the Asian film industry as well as more about the festival circuit here in Singapore.

With a passion for anything placed on a screen, Sarah is looking forward to being exposed to the multiverse of filmmakers.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

RENEE TAN

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Renee Tan is a Business Development and Marketing Specialist with more than 12 years of experience in the Arts. Her experience traverses the domains of sponsorship, partnership development, fundraising, sales, and marketing.

Renee has been instrumental in helping companies such as the Pangdemonium Theatre Company, the Singapore Repertory Theatre, and Glowtape Productions create successful sales and marketing campaigns, cultivate their corporate prospects, and grow their sponsorship targets.

Notable productions she has been involved in include: for Pangdemonium, Chinglish, Falling, RENT, The Pillowman, and Tango; for Glowtape Productions, The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey; for the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park Series, RSC’s King Lear, The Bridge Project, and 3 Titans of Theatre which notably featured 3 productions by Simon McBurney, Yukio Ninagawa and Peter Brooke.

Her passion includes theatre, film, and travelling. Renee is currently Business Development Director of the Singapore International Film Festival.

Jolyn Wu

Business Development Manager

Jolyn is the Business Development Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival. With eight years of experience in Marketing, she has run campaigns in both the U.S. and Singapore in a variety of sectors, including startup, theatre and non-profit. She was most recently at Pangdemonium Theatre Company, heading Marketing and community outreach.

MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS

Nicole Ong

Marketing & Partnerships Director

Nicole is a communications specialist with 13 years of advertising experience in brand management for blue-chip organisations. She is currently looking at spreading the magic of film through her current role as the Marketing and Partnership Director at Singapore International Film Festival. Outside of the film world, she is also a professional family photographer who specialises in natural light photography, a certified yogi and a wannabe chef and musician.

GWENDALINE LIM

SENIOR MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS EXECUTIVE

Gwend Lim recently completed her B.A (Hons) Arts Management degree under LASALLE College of the Arts. Prior to SGIFF, she organised the Very Short International Film Festival in Singapore from 2011 to 2012. A platform for less-than-3-minute films, the festival brought films by Tan Siang Yu, Jac Min and Alvin Lee to screens in over eighty cities. Gwend is especially interested in the stories Southeast Asian filmmakers tell, and is excited about the future of the local film landscape. She co-produced short film Bon Voyage, winner of Best Director and Best Sound at The Substation’s Singapore Short Film Awards 2015.

She is currently the Marketing & Partnerships Executive at Singapore International Film Festival.

AZRIN ZAIHAN

MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS ASSISTANT

Azrin is a fresh grad from The University of Western Australia with a shiny new B.A. in Communication and Media Studies, and copious amounts of fresh grad enthusiasm. She recently discovered her love for film and has had the opportunity to create a couple shorts during her time at uni. She is keen to explore her passion for film a little further by being in the heart of it all and a part of the SGIFF Marketing team. Azrin also enjoys online quizzes, chats over teh peng, and creating Spotify playlists for every mood.

HOSPITALITY & OFFICE

MABELYN OW

Senior Hospitality & Office Manager

Mabelyn Ow has been an active contributor to Singapore’s burgeoning film industry over the past 18 years. Starting as a production assistant on Army Daze, Mabelyn has gone on to work in various capacities in her career in film and television production. Over the course of her career, she has worked with and produced for some of the most significant and groundbreaking film directors in Singapore, notably Eric Khoo, Royston Tan, Jasmine Ng and Kelvin Tong. In addition, she has also production-managed documentaries for Discovery Networks Asia and National Geographic Channel. Her projects include Royston Tan’s 12 Lotus (2008) and Aaron Wilson’s critically acclaimed Canopy (2013). She continues her pursuit of nurturing film production in Singapore as an Adjunct Lecturer with the Puttnam School of Film at Lasalle College of The Arts. Mabelyn spent her early years in the industry volunteering as well as being a part of the Singapore International Film Festival Secretariat during the mid 1990s. She is currently Hospitality & Office Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.

Selena Tan

Hospitality Co-ordinator

Selena Tan has been working at film festivals and on feature film and television productions in Singapore and Melbourne. Presently in the hospitality team at the Singapore International Film Festival, she has previously worked in the programming and industry departments of the Melbourne International Film Festival where she previewed shorts, organised public talks and coordinated the Accelerator Lab. Selena is interested in the different ways narratives can be constructed visually and also produces, through her own Paco Pictures, video installations and shorts that have screened at places like New York’s Whitney Museum and festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand and Oberhausen.