To expand on on-going initiatives and to continue nurturing media literacy and appreciation of the film medium and the creative process among our youths, we have designed the Film Immersion Programme for Upper-Secondary, Post-Secondary, and Tertiary Institutions. It consists of 3 main components:


Host a screening OF our travelling showcase of Southeast Asian short films followed by Question & Answer session at your institution’s venue.

Apply by 25 Mar 2019
School tours begin 25 Mar – 30 Sep 2019


Learn first-hand what happens behind the scenes of a film festival – become a liaison officer, front-of-house crew, or one of our coverage warriors!

Register between 20 Aug – 31 Oct 2019
Festival Period: End-Nov to Early-Dec 2019


Attend the Festival: Over 100 films from 40 countries; 15 masterclasses, talks, and panel discussions – meet the filmmakers, and learn about their filmmaking journeys.

Register between 22 Oct – 20 Nov 2019
Festival Period: End-Nov to Early-Dec 2019



• Introduce students to narratives and stories that reflect the diversity of our region’s evolving demographics through the screening of impactful and award-winning short films from the Singapore International Film Festival, with an emphasis on the Southeast Asia region. These films serve as a discovery platform for new types of films for students.
• Build and develop film literacy and appreciation of the arts and equip the students with a range of 21st Century competencies and attributes such as Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Skills, Critical and Inventive Thinking.
• Nurture and deepen appreciation for Singapore films and cultivate support for our own cinema.
• Pursue active learning through dynamic interaction with speakers and presenters during these sessions.


• At the end of the Programme, the students will be informed about Singapore and the world/ region.
• Exposure to a range of experiences, viewpoints and narratives that will enrich their knowledge of the world and better prepare them for the future.


You Idiot
Directed by Kris Ong
Singapore / 2018 / 11 min / PG13

Roaming the streets one night, Darren and Matt write a song about what’s to come in their happy-go-lucky world.

• World Premiere, 29th Singapore International Film Festival 2018

Directed by Jerrold Chong
Singapore / 2016 / 6 min / PG

On the day of an impending solar eclipse, a cosmic significance occurs between a father and son bringing about an emotional revelation for the both of them.

• Best Animation Award, Berlin Student Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Student Films Panorama, Manchester Animation Festival 2016
• Official Selection, Festival Stop Motion Montreal 2016

Directed by Aditya Ahmad
Indonesia / 2018 / 15 min / PG13

Isfi wants to prepare a special gift for Nita’s birthday, but to be accepted at Nita’s house, she has to wear the hijab.

• Best Short Film, 2018 75th Venice International Film Festival, Orizzonti Competition Section
• America Premiere, 2019 Sundance International Film Festival
• Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival, 2018

Let Me Kill My Mother First
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Singapore / 2018 / 12 min / NC16

To deal with her mother’s abuse, an intrepid teenager escapes into an imaginary world—one in which she has the physical prowess to take on her parent.

• World Premiere, 29th Singapore International Film Festival 2018



• Building on the exposure provided above by being a Volunteer during the active period of the Singapore International Festival (2 weeks).
• Experience the real-time organization and running of a internationally recognized Film Festival, by being a part of the Front of House, Hospitality, and Photography teams of the SGIFF.
• Learn what happens behind the scenes of a festival, meet industry professionals and be among the first audiences in Singapore to watch some of the best new independent films.


• Through Volunteering, the students will practice and develop Communication, Collaboration and Information skill.



Front of House

Photography & Videography Coverage

Social Media Warriors



• Students will have an opportunity to immerse themselves by attending film screenings, masterclasses and talks during the Film Festival (end Nov – early Dec). Special student packages will be available for bulk booking.
• They will get to interact with the directors-in- attendance and guest filmmakers, learn from their experiences about filmmaking and also insights about the films they have just watched.


• An understanding and appreciation of the art and craft of Film and the rich potential of the medium as a powerful tool of expression, communication and community building.
• Develop understanding, critical thinking and the ability to query, and seek answers and solutions.


Beyond film screenings, the Festival offers a range of events delivered by guest directors, producers, actors and industry experts.


Explore the stories of Southeast Asia and the world through independent films that celebrate and challenge the art of storytelling in cinema.

Development Programme

Initiated in 2014, SGIFF’s Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture and guide a generation of young writers on cinema from the region.


For more information, download the Film Immersion Programme deck.
To register your interest, download the registration form, fill it up and send to [email protected]