As Executive Director, Emily leads the team to ensure SGIFF continues to deliver vibrant, exciting and engaging film experiences to the Singapore arts and culture calendar.
Emily is a passionate advocate of the arts in Singapore and 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 centre 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
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 Films of Southeast Asia (2015 – 2016), the Asian Restored Classics film festival (2016 – 2019), the multidisciplinary arts exhibition series State of Motion (2016 – 2021) commissioned by the 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.
Sam I-shan is a curator with an interest in time-based media, photography, and art and politics. With fifteen years’ experience in art institutional settings, she was previously curator at National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and Esplanade Visual Arts.
Her monographic, research-focused exhibitions at NGS include the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Cao Fei, and Georgette Chen: At Home in the World. At Esplanade, she curated and managed new commissions and site-specific exhibitions, working with a range of regional artists. Her exhibitions at SAM include Afterimage: Contemporary Photography in Southeast Asia. She also headed film and moving image initiatives there, specialising in Artist Films, and co-programming the annual Southeast Asian Film Festival. She lives and works in Cambodia and Singapore.
Julian Ross is a researcher, curator and writer based in Amsterdam. He is Programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam and an Assistant Professor at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS).
He has curated film programmes, exhibitions and performance at Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, Kunsthal Rotterdam, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Eye Filmmuseum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Anthology Film Archives, Harvard Film Archives and British Film Institute. He is the co-editor of Japanese Expanded Cinema and Intermedia: Critical Texts of the 1960s (Archive Books, 2020) and the co-curator of the exhibition More Than Cinema: Motoharu Jonouchi and Keiichi Tanaami at Pioneer Works (2020). In 2021, he co-curated the film programme Diplopia for Tallinn Photomonth Biennale.
Inge de Leeuw
Inge de Leeuw is a programmer and curator. Her work explores crossovers between film, visual art and digital culture through film programs, exhibitions and public programmes.
She worked with International Film Festival Rotterdam as a film programmer with a focus on the US and UK. She collaborated with a.o. Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Indie Memphis, Kino Forum in São Paulo and Ghetto Film School in New York, Los Angeles and London.
Besides curating she has acquired films for the French world sales company Stray Dogs, worked in film production and wrote about film and technology for the Creators Project.
Fran Borgia is the founder and producer of Akanga Film Asia. Born in Spain, he has been based in Singapore since 2004 and is credited for producing critically acclaimed films such as Sandcastle (2010), Disappearing Landscape (2013), A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016) and Apprentice (2016). One of his latest films, A Land Imagined (2018), won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival.
Vess is the Programme Executive at the Singapore International Film Festival. She found her start at the festival as a participant of the Youth Jury and Critics Programme. She recently 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 and Festival Director in 2019. When she isn’t programming film, she’s actively looking out for films to produce.
Gabriel is currently trudging through his final year of studies as an Art History and English Literature Double Major at Nanyang Technological University. His current research interest includes the depictions of idleness in Southeast Asian cinema and being idle about researching said depictions.
Alexander is a writer and a filmmaker based in Singapore. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University, School of Humanities with a BA (Hons) in English and a minor in Creative Writing.
His interests include watching films and reading essays on cinema. This led him to participate in the Youth Jury and Critics Programme and the Yamagata Criticism Workshop. Coming from a filmmaking and film studies background, he enjoys discovering new voices in contemporary cinema.
Ryan is currently studying Creative Writing and Screen & Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. He hopes to work within the screenwriting space in the future.
When not watching or writing about films, Ryan spends his time lurking on set and shooting documentary photography; sometimes on his gold Nokia phone. He listens to a lot of music, from Noise to Twee and everything in between.
Tan Wei Ting
Film Traffic Coordinator
Wei Ting was first trained in storytelling in theatre. It was in film school that she discovered the wonders of filmmaking. Her debut short film “CA$H” was selected for International Competition at the 41st Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. She has always enjoyed seeing an honest story unfold on screen.
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.
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
Senior Marketing Manager
Ping is Senior Marketing Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival. With over 15 years 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.
Senior Marketing Executive
Olivia is the Senior Marketing Executive at the Singapore International Film Festival. She is an experienced marketer and project manager in the arts and cultural sector, and was most recently Assistant Manager at Singapore Art Week.
Digital Marketing Specialist
With over 3 years of experience as an Art Director, Jeremiah’s duties saw him dabbling in multiple disciplines within the creative field – creative direction, advertising, events and social media. His curiosity towards his craft leads his experimental nature and drives him to explore new possibilities within the ever-changing digital landscape.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Seraphyn prides herself as a hybrid advertising suit (planner/accounts servicing), passionate about all things branding. Always annoying the people in the same room with 101 questions, she believes that while curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back.
In her spare time, you can either find her enjoying a cuppa with a book in hand or re-watching the Harry Potter series for the nth time.
Sasha recently graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), majoring in English Literature and minoring in Film Production. She has interned at HBO Asia and does freelance script supervising.
Terisha is a screenwriter, movie junkie, theatre critic and theme park enthusiast. Someday, she’s going to contribute to the cultural and creative industries in Singapore but for now, she’s an NTU student majoring in English Literature and Art History with a minor in Creative Writing.
Hospitality & Events
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 has been working on feature film and television productions and at film festivals. Besides hospitality at the Singapore International Film Festival, she has worked in the programming and industry departments of the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Selena is interested in the different ways narratives can be constructed visually, and through her own Paco Pictures she has produced video installations for galleries, and shorts that have screened at festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand and Oberhausen.
Shining Goh has been active in managing dance productions, having worked on local and international festivals such as M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, NUS Arts Festival, Esplanade Da:ns Festival, Esplanade HUAYI Festival, and SiDance Festival (Seoul, Korea), YOKOHAMA Dance Collection (Yokohama, Japan), 34th les hivernales, festival de danse (Avignon, France), 32nd Oriente Occidente Festival (Rovereto, Italy), Fabbrica Europa (Florence, Italy) and Singapour FestivArts (Paris, France).
Shining has worked with many local dance companies such as RawMoves, Frontier Danceland, The Arts Fission Company and P7:1SMA. She has also toured extensively with T.H.E Dance Company and worked in its local and international productions since its establishment, and was Production Stage Manager from 2013 – 2016. She 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/Transcendence in 2017.
She has been the Gala Events Manager for the Singapore International Film Festival since 2017.
Alexandra is a budding artist, film enthusiast, and intern at Singapore International Film Festival. When they/she is not making art or watching films, they are curled up with a book they traded for with a friend, or waitressing part time at a dive bar.
Ronnie is the Hospitality & Events Intern at Singapore International Film Festival. A Geography student at the National University of Singapore, Ronnie is relatively new to the film industry, and has worked on short stints as both cast and crew for short films and commercials.
Growing up with a keen interest in theatre, Ronnie is excited to be a part of SGIFF as he believes that both film and theatre serve as platforms for artists to present their truths and stories.
Ticketing & Front of House
Neo Kim Seng
In his first film festival in 1989, the 5% entertainment tax for colourful thin printed 3-panel perforated tickets must be paid in full before they were sold at 4 ticketing outlets.
The tax for unsold tickets was refunded after the festival ended. Today you purchase tickets via a QR code online, inclusive of GST, to watch a film. Kim Seng is happy to learn something new every day.
Ang Wai Teng
Front of House & Volunteer Coordinator
Wai Teng has always had a curious mind and is deeply passionate about the arts. She has briefly worked as a production assistant on various film and tv productions before diving into customer service roles. In her free time, you might find her with a book, crocheting or binging on films and tv dramas. She is currently a student at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature.