Festival Team

Emily J. Hoe

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Emily leads the team to ensure SGIFF continues to deliver vibrant, exciting, and engaging film experiences to the Singapore art and culture calendar.

Emily is a passionate advocate of the arts in Singapore and is determined to make a lasting contribution to the sector with respect, integrity, and humility. She has developed extensive experience in the arts over the last 12 years having held key roles at Esplanade, Singapore’s national performing arts center, and as General Manager of The Substation.

Her career in the arts is complemented by a decade in diverse media and communications roles as well as a solid foundation in retail management and customer experience.

Thong Kay Wee

Programme Director

Thong Kay Wee is a cultural worker and moving image curator based in Singapore. He is currently the Programme Director at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), where he is responsible for the festival’s overall programming strategy. 

He was previously the Programmes and Outreach Officer at the Asian Film Archive (AFA) from 2014 to 2021. Aside from overseeing partnerships and promotions, he was responsible for establishing the AFA’s regular film programmes at its new dedicated cinematheque since 2019, with a focus on both contemporary and classic Asian film selections. 

During his tenure at the AFA, he also developed and presided over new specialised programmes such as the Southeast Asian omnibus film Fragment (2015), the exhibition Celluloid Void: The Lost Filmes of Southeast Asia ( 2015 – 2016), the Asian Restored Classics films festival (2016 – 2019), the multidisciplinary arts exhibition series State of Motion (2016 – 2021) commissioned by National Arts Council of Singapore, the film programme Singular Screens (2018 – 2021) presented as part of the Singapore International Festival of the Arts, and the commissioning Asian cinema essay project Monographs in 2020

Programming

Vess Chua

Programme Executive

Vess is a film programmer and producer based in Singapore. She is currently the Programme Executive at the Singapore International Film Festival. In 2020, she graduated from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons). During her undergraduate studies, she also worked with her university’s Perspectives Film Festival, first as a Programmer in 2018, then as the Festival Director in 2019.

Gabriel Goh

Programme Executive

Gabriel is the Programme Executive at the Singapore International Film Festival. A recent graduate majoring in English Literature and Art History, he finds interest in concepts of time and idleness in Southeast Asian cinema.

Jessica Heng

Programme Executive

Jessica is the Programme Executive at the Singapore International Film Festival. She carries a passion for film discourse, having participated in the Youth Jury & Critics Program (2017) and thereafter contributing to media outlets such as SINDIE and RICE Media. With a keen interest in unseen and under-represented communities, she simultaneously wears a filmmaking hat and is always on the lookout for the next story to tell.

Darunee Terdtoontaveedej

Programme Executive

Darunee Terdtoontaveedej (she / they) is a curator and cultural programmer based in The Hague. Formerly trained as an architect and designer, Terdtoontaveedej is interested in the intersection of alternative (his)stories, creative practices, and cinema. She is a co-founder of Non Native Native, a cultural platform which looks into the Asian creative landscape in the Netherlands through the lens of outsiders from within. She has programmed at festivals and institutions such as CinemAsia Film Festival (Amsterdam), International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Sinema Transtopia (Berlin), Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film (Singapore), and Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).

Angelo Belale

Programme Assistant

Angelo is a Programme Assistant with SGIFF.

He is now in his third year at Lasalle College of the Arts studying a Diploma in Broadcast Media with passion for films, writing and editing. When he’s not doing that he’s usually near a cup of some fine coffee.

Renee Ng

Programme Assistant

Renee is a Programme Assistant with SGIFF, and a film enthusiast.

A recent graduate from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design, and Media, Renee has experience in freelance filmmaking, editing, and film studies.

Fran Borgia

Programme Specialist (Asian Producers Network)

Fran Borgia was born in Spain and is based in Singapore since 2003. He has produced several critically acclaimed films such Ho Tzu Nyen’s Here (Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2009), Lav Diaz’s A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery (Berlinale 2016 – Silver Bear Winner), Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2016), K.Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird (Cannes Critics’ Week 2016), Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined (Locarno 2018 – Golden Leopard Winner) and Kamila Andini’s Yuni (Toronto 2021 – Platform Prize Winner). He has also worked as Line Producer for Warner Bros’ Crazy Rich Asians (2018) and HBO’s Westworld S3 (2020).

Sam I-shan

Guest Programmer (Undercurrent and Southeast Asian Short Film Competition)

Sam I-shan is a curator with an interest in time-based media, photography, and art and politics. She programmes for film festivals, specialising in Southeast Asian and experimental cinema. With fifteen years’ experience in art institutional settings, she was previously curator at National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and Esplanade Visual Arts. Exhibitions include Sim Chi Yin: One Day We’ll Understand (Rencontres d’Arles, France), Cao Fei and Georgette Chen: At Home in the World (both NGS, Singapore), and Afterimage: Contemporary Photography in Southeast Asia (SAM, Singapore). She headed moving image initiatives at SAM, specialising in Artist Films, and co-programming the annual Southeast Asian Film Festival. She lives and works in Singapore and Cambodia.

Róisín Tapponi

Guest Programmer (Domain)

Róisín Tapponi is a film/video curator and art critic who founded Shasha Movies, the first independent streaming service for South-West Asian and North African cinema. She is also the founder of Habibi Collective, ART WORK magazine and the Independent Iraqi Film Festival. Tapponi is Iraqi-Irish, based between London and New York.

Business Development

Erny Melissa

Business Development Manager

Erny is an arts manager and graduate student, with a background in theatre and advertising. She loves reading fiction when she is not writing essays or proposals.

Adriana Ghazali

Business Development Executive

Adriana is a connector who loves bringing people together. In and out of her professional life, she is always finding herself planning fun and memorable events for the people around her.

Adriana has spent most of her career in events management, her recent projects include Peroni Sunset Cinema, Asia’s most beautiful outdoor cinema as well as Films At The Fort, Singapore’s premier open-air cinema.

Marketing & Communications

Looi Ping

Senior Marketing Manager

Ping is Senior Marketing Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival. With over 15 years of experience in Marketing with both agency and brand management, she has managed brands across a variety of sectors.

Her love has always been in bringing brands to life through experiences and nothing beats championing a Film Festival that brings colour to Singapore’s Arts Culture.

Loe Min Si

Marketing Executive

Min Si is the Marketing Executive at the Singapore International Film Festival. She has always loved films and the arts and enjoys sharing this love with whoever will listen to her.

A recent graduate who studied Geography, she hopes to bring the world to others through film and to explore landscapes both cinematic and physical to see life from a different perspective.

Lisa Tan

Marketing Intern

Lisa is a marketing intern and is a student currently studying at Lasalle College Of the Arts for her Diploma in Broadcast Media. She grew up in an environment surrounded by the Arts, where fashion and film were introduced to her as a child. This exposed her to creativity and film production at a young age, where she discovered a passion for working on productions and her love for film.

Hospitality & Events

Mabelyn Ow

Hospitality Senior 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 the Hospitality & Office Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.

Wenxin Gao

Hospitality Assistant

Wenxin is the Hospitality Assistant at Singapore International Film Festival. She recently completed an arts management traineeship at Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film and is currently freelancing as an arts manager and writer. She also enjoys working on causes related to culture and heritage and is a volunteer at the Singapore Heritage Society.

SU Fang Shiuan

Hospitality Assistant

Fang is a Hospitality Assistant at Singapore International Film Festival. She ventured into the local theatre scene after graduating from Singapore Management University with a second major in Arts & Culture Management a few years ago, previously working with The Theatre Practice as a Communications and Partnership Executive. She enjoys consuming different forms of art that challenge her perspectives and is constantly on the lookout for opportunities that allows her to amalgamate her passion and her field of study.

Tevka Isfandiyar Hazia

Hospitality Intern

Tevka Isfandiyar Haiza is a hospitality intern and 3rd-year Film student at Lasalle College of The Arts. Film has been a big part of his life since his mother showed him bootleg animated films as a child. When he isn’t watching films, he’s writing stories or taking notes.

Events

Shining Goh

Gala Events Manager

Shining has been active in managing dance productions, working on many local & overseas festivals.

She has toured extensively with T.H.E Dance Company & worked in most of their local/overseas productions since its establishment. She was the company’s previous Production Stage Manager.

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, drPost-Perception/Transcedence, in 2017.

She is the Gala Events Manager for the Singapore International Film Festival since 2017.

Currently, she is a freelancer who enjoys working with independent artist or companies.

Celine PHUA

Events Assistant

Celine is an Events Assistant with SGIFF, who has recently graduated with a Bachelor in Tourism and Events. Being given exposure to attending festivals and events since young, she has a passion for events management.

Ticketing & Front of House

Junainy Jamali

Ticketing Manager

​​Junainy started his arts management career with SISTIC while studying at LASALLE, College of the Arts. Over the last decade, he has made his way across several arts organisations, now currently with Arts House Ltd focusing on developing business opportunities through its assets.

He is also a lover of marathons (the kind where you sit, eat popcorn and watch films), as well as a seasoned traveller and supports LGBTQ+ rights.