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.

PIMPAKA TOWIRA

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Recognised as the first female Thai director to be noticed by international viewers and critics, Pimpaka Towira is a pioneer among female film directors in the Thai independent film scene since the early 1990s.

Since 1988, she has made a number of experimental short films, mostly depicting women’s issues, including Mae Nak (1997), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Image Forum Festival in 1998. Her debut feature, One Night Husband, premiered at the 2003 International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2010, her short film My Father won the Special Jury Award at International Film Festival of Asia-Pacific countries in Vladivostok, after which she made three acclaimed shorts, Terribly Happy (2010), Mother (2012) and Prelude to the General (2016), with the latter in competition in the Silver Screen Awards at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival and also won the Jury Prize in the Hong Kong International Film Festival Short Film Competition in 2016.

Her second feature, The Island Funeral (2015), won the Best Asian Future Film Award at Tokyo International Film Festival 2015, FIPRESCI Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016, Silver Hanoman Award at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016, and Best Cinematography at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2016.

Her commitment to cinema has seen her work as a producer for emerging filmmakers, a film critic with The Nation, a video artist and a film lecturer in fields including film history, production, curation, and exhibition. She has worked on video art collaborations such as Ramakien: A Rock Opera at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts in New York (2006) and Black Air at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008.

She was previously programme director for the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2001, 2008 and 2009 and most recently, Programme Director for the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival in 2015 to 2017. Pimpaka has been invited as a jury member at many film festivals such as the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, and Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Finally, for her overall contributions to Thai cinema, she was honored with the national Silpathorn Award in 2009 by the Ministry of Culture of Thailand.

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.

AISHAH ABU BAKAR

PROGRAMME MANAGER

Aishah Abu Bakar was previously the Programming Manager of Moving Images at The Substation. She was in charge of organizing film screenings and related events, such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, the Experimental Film Forum, Singapore Indie Doc Fest, and First Take, a regular running local platform for first time filmmakers. She had previously been a film traffic coordinator for 2007 and 2009 editions of the Singapore International Film Festival, and has had a hand in television productions for Mediacorp’s Channel NewsAsia and Suria.

Aishah is currently Programme Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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.

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.

Tan Si En

Programme Co-ordinator

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.

Sarah How

Intern

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.

Tang Sookyi

Business Development Co-ordinator

Sophia Sim

Business Development Co-ordinator

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.

Joshua Ng

Marketing & Partnerships Co-ordinator

Joshua currently oversees marketing communications and promotional partnerships at the Singapore International Film Festival. He received his B.A. (Hons) in Communication Studies with a concentration in Broadcast & Cinema Studies at Nanyang Technological University. In his time there, he was part of the organising committee for two editions of Perspectives Film Festival, as Festival Director in 2016 and a Film Programmer in 2017. He participated in the Youth Jury and Critics Programme of the 28th Singapore International Film Festival, where he received the Young Critic Award.

Evangeline Lee

Intern

Evangeline Lee is currently pursuing a B.A. (Hons) Arts Management degree at LASALLE College of the Arts. Before joining SGIFF as a Marketing intern, she explored various realms of the arts through involvement in art therapy, visual arts and music. She was part of the marketing team for various inaugural events such as TEDxLASALLE and Rock & Indie Festival. She looks forward to learning and contributing to Singapore International Film Festival in future.

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.

Neo Kim Seng

Artiste Co-ordinator

Neo Kim Seng is a cross-disciplinary practitioner and has been involved in independent and large-scale projects in various capacities in Singapore and overseas since 1987.

He has programmed for Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, NUS Arts Festival and managed productions for companies including Asia In Theatre Research Centre, TheatreWorks, WildRice, Singapore Repertory Theatre and independent artists.

He has produced and toured independent dance productions to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada. He has held two solo exhibition of his installation art. He has been focusing on creating his own works in recent years and made his directing and writing debut with Decimal Points 810 presented by Cake Theatrical Productions in 2014.

His first book, My Grandfather’s Road was published in 2015 and he has since developed, directed and produced 5 stage versions of the book in English and Cantonese. He also recently started working with independent Singaporean dancemakers as a dramaturg.

Kim Seng first worked with the Singapore International Film Festival in 1988/1989 as Office Manager. He returned as Film Traffic Manager/Programmer in the 1993 and 1995 Festivals. After 20 years, he returned in 2014 as Programme Manager (Film Traffic).

Yusri Shaggy Sapari

Transport Co-ordinator

Yusri ‘Shaggy’ Sapari started his journey with recording media ever since his dad bought him his first tape recorder. Shaggy’s favourite medium is video. He makes a living crafting and recording videos for arts groups and small businesses though his company Paradise Pictures and as a Multimedia Artist. Under The Orange Playground by The Necessary Stage in 2014, Shaggy was mentored by, Brian Gothong Tan, acclaimed Multimedia Designer. Shaggy’s latest theatre works include, Furthest North, Deepest South, Between You and Me, State of Mind and 28.8. He also hosts his own food show and vlogs as Shaggy Shag on YouTube.

Ong Shao Bin

Festival Assistant

Shao Bin is currently Festival Assistant at the Singapore International Film Festival, where he oversees the running of off-screen events and volunteers. His journey with films started when he chanced upon Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in his school’s library. Since then, he has been an avid cinephile, and has regularly attended film festivals. After a few years of attending SGIFF as an audience, this is his first time working behind-the-scenes.

Debbie Ng

Ticketing & Front of House Manager

More actively a theatre and concert-goer, Debbie feels that a night out at the movies is an experience that takes you, the audience, through a journey – sometimes touching, sometimes profound – pushing boundaries and imagination, allowing you to immerse yourself in a whole new world.  Debbie is happy to be back with SGIFF for the second year running and looks forward to working with an amazing and fun team.

Shining Goh

Gala Events Manager

Shining Goh has been active in managing dance productions. With over 200 to her name, she built her resume steadily working on many local; overseas festivals, including M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, NUS Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Esplanade Dains Festival, Esplanade HUAYI Festival, and SiDance Festival 2013 (Seoul, Korea), 34 th les hivernales, festival de danse (Avignon, France), 32 nd Oriente Occidente Festival (Rovereto, Italy); Singapour FestivArts (Paris, France). She has worked with dance companies such as RawMoves (2012 – 2013), Frontier Danceland (2010 – 2012), Re:Dance Theatre (2012 -2013); The Arts Fission Company (2005 – 2012).

She has toured extensively with T.H.E Dance Company; worked in all their local/overseas productions since its establishment. She was the company’s production stage manager from 2013 – 2016. Shining was also a part-time stage management lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 2013 – 2016. A recipient of the National Arts Council grant, she was the assistant to the technical director of City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong), producing Sang Jijia’s full length work, Post-Perception/Transcedence, in 2017. She was the Production Stage Manager for the 28 th edition of SGIFF in 2017. Currently, she is a freelancer who works with independent artist or companies.