Films In Competition

One of the most anticipated sections in the Festival, Films In Competition: Silver Screen Awards promise some of the boldest, most insightful, hidden gems to come out of Asian cinema today. The Asian Feature Film Competition presents the most provocative first to third feature works, while the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition teases with its exciting new voices.

The Films In Competition are previewed by an international jury and screened to the public throughout the Festival period, which culminates in the Silver Screen Awards presentation, held on 8 December 2018 at The Capitol Theatre.

Southeast Asian Short Film Competition

SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION: Program 1

Meander through some of life’s most unexplainable mysteries in these five distinctive stories.


SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION: Program 2

These characters face their dilemmas head on – from personal struggles to observations of life’s absurdities.


SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION: Program 3

These contemplative films navigate through memories, identity and hope.


SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION: Program 4

Bonded by mystery, fear and unease, these intriguing tales bring viewers on a gripping film journey.



Asian Feature Film Competition

A Land Imagined

An insomniac police inspector tries to unravel the mysterious disappearance of a Chinese construction worker at a land reclamation site.

Dir. Yeo Siew Hua
Singapore, France, The Netherlands (2018)

Bulbul Can Sing

Three teenage friends explore their burgeoning sexualities and identities, in the shadow of their conservative village’s societal mores.

Dir. Rima Das
India (2018)

Dayan

Nooranipour follows his acclaimed Syrian war doc A157 with this compelling drama, expanding upon the horrors of ISIS operations in Iranian Kurdistan.

Dir. Behrouz Nooranipour
Iran (2018)

House of My Fathers

Infertility plagues two warring Sri Lankan villages, forcing sworn enemies to confront their pasts in order to save their futures.

Dir. Suba Sivakumaran
Sri Lanka (2018)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

A man with a questionable past returns to his hometown to recover the fragmented memories and dreams of a former flame.

Dir. Bi Gan
China, France (2018)

The Day I Lost My Shadow

Amidst the Syrian war, harrowed mother Sana slips through the cracks in her everyday reality when an errand goes askew.

Dir. Soudade Kaadan
Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar (2018)

The Future Cries Beneath Our Soils

Five men enjoy an odd friendship in Vietnam’s Quảng Tri province, a site still bearing the scars of war.

Dir. Pham Thu Hang
Vietnam, Philippines (2018)

The River

Modernity bursts the secluded bubble of five brothers, whose controlling father has sought to keep them from the outside world.

Dir. Emir Baigazin
Kazakhstan, Poland, Norway (2018)