Festival Team

Jeremy Chua is a Singaporean film producer and screenwriter. Since 2014, he founded Singapore-based independent film label Potocol as a creative house for distinctive Asian auteurs to produce films, videos, installations and artwork. His producer credits include 2023 Cannes Camera d’Or winner Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell, 2023 Berlinale Generations film Tomorrow is a Long Time, 2023 San Sebastián New Directors film Last Shadow at First Light, Venice FIPRESCI winner Autobiography, 2021 Cannes Un Certain Regard Rehana Maryam Noor, 2018 Locarno Opening Competition Film A Family Tour, 2016 Cannes Critics’ Week film A Yellow Bird, 2016 Berlinale Silver Bear winner A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery.

 

He is an alumnus of EAVE Ties That Bind 2013, Produire au sud 2015, Berlinale Talents 2017, SEAFIC 2017 and Torino Film Lab 2018. In 2023, he was awarded the FIAPF Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asia Pacific Cinema by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

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

Bernice Ong

Festival Manager

Bernice Ong is an arts manager and scenic designer with a decade of diverse experience in the cultural sector. She is thrilled to serve as Festival Manager with the dedicated team at the Singapore Youth Film Festival, a critical platform that champions the voices and visions of young creators. Bernice graduated with a Master of Arts (Research) in Media Studies from Utrecht University.

Vess Chua

Programme Executive

Vess Chua is a film programmer and producer based in Singapore. With a focus on Southeast Asian short films, she is currently the Programme Executive at the Singapore International Film Festival. She is also the Festival Manager of the Singapore Youth Film Festival. Previously, she also contributed to the Perspectives Film Festival, first as a Programmer in 2018, then as the Festival Director in 2019.

Gabriel Goh

Programme Executive

Gabriel Goh is the Programme Executive at the Singapore International Film Festival. Along with Sam I-shan, he has overseen the development of the Undercurrent section at the festival since 2021, which brings in bold contemporary artist films from around the world. His programming ethos builds on his ongoing research interests in the concepts of time and idleness in Southeast Asian cinema. Outside work, he enjoys tinkering with Super8 films and documenting tifos at lower-league football matches.

Ryan Pagdanganan

Programme Executive

Ryan Pagdanganan programmes films at the Singapore International Film Festival. His practice treads around his residence between cultures and translates into an enduring curiosity of the mundane everyday. His photographs have been plastered at FilmNeverDie (2020) in Melbourne and Ephemere (2023) in Tokyo. His static words are sprinkled around in places such as Bog Bodies Press (2024) and Reboot (2023) while his more interactive work lives in several corners of the internet.

Erika Chandra

Programme Assistant

Erika Chandra is the current programme assistant at the Singapore International Film Festival. She is intrigued by films that delve into self-reflexivity alongside provocative themes. When she is not watching films, she spends her time indulging in Bibble-related memes and perfecting the craft of making pancakes.

Sarah Esther Goldman

Programme Assistant

Sarah is a sophomore at the National University of Singapore, pursuing a double major in Philosophy and English Literature. Currently a programme assistant for the Singapore Youth Film Festival and Singapore International Film Festival, her research interests include continental thought, phenomenology and psychoanalytic theory. She is also active in the Singapore street dance scene and explores dance through a reparative lens as a recuperation of embodiment.

Audience & Community Development

Mabelyn Ow

Audience & Community Development Manager

With two decades of experience in the Singapore Film Industry, Mabelyn has been a Line Producer on landmark Singapore films, a Film Educator with the local film institutions and has finally come full circle, returning to the place where it all started for her when she was a little wide-eyed volunteer years ago – the Singapore International Film Festival.

Partnerships & Development

Chan Pui Yin

Partnerships & Development Manager

An experienced producer from Singapore, Pui Yin has a successful track record of producing box-office hits and collaborating on international movie projects. Some of her notable works include I Not Stupid, I Not Stupid Too, Homerun, The Maid, 881, Homecoming and Taxi! Taxi!, among others. She has also collaborated on international movie projects such as The Eye, The Eye 2, Turn Left, Turn Right, The Home Song Stories (Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Golden Horse Awards 2007) and Painted Skin. Most recently, she completed the 45-episode The Little Nyonya, the 36-episode The Ferryman – Legends Of Nanyang (iQIYI’s first Southeast Asia Original in 2021), the 40-episode Sisterhood (which aired on iQIYI and CCTV in 2023) and co-produced Miss Tanya (a Douyin mini drama) and Sparkling Show In Singapore 2023 (a Douyin variety).

Marketing & Communications

Krystalle Teh

Marketing Executive

Krystalle Teh is a writer and cinephile from Singapore. Before joining the Festival team as its Marketing Executive, she previously participated in the Festival’s Youth Jury & Critics Programme in 2021. Her film criticism has appeared with Asian Film Archive and her short fiction is forthcoming in SUSPECT journal. She is at work on a series of short stories on violent desires.

Administration

Vijay Ramani

Admin Executive