Singapore International Film Festival opens its call for film submissions for its 25th Edition
May 15, 2014, Kuala Lumpur – The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) returns for its 25th edition and opens its call for film submission. The SGIFF has been significant in building and nurturing the film industries not only in Singapore, but in the Southeast Asian region. It has also been instrumental in launching the films of filmmakers in Southeast Asia.
“As a Festival, we value the role that film has played in telling the stories that need to be told. SGIFF has always been at the forefront of discovering film talents from this region. This has created a wider Southeast Asian film community that has allowed us to share resources and exchange ideas. We are deeply invested in continuing this tradition of SGIFF.” says Ms. Hadi.
This year, the SGIFF will also bringing back the Silver Screen Awards, the competition section of the Film Festival to discover emerging talent and recognize the best films in the region. The SGIFF has opened its call for entries with its competition section will be for Asian feature films and Southeast Asian & Singapore short films. This is the first time the Festival will be extending its short film competition section to include entries from Southeast Asia. SGIFF will also be setting up an International Advisory Board led by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo.
The new Executive Team is helmed by award-winning film producer, curator and arts manager Yuni Hadi as Executive Director. Hadi co-produced the film ‘Ilo Ilo’ directed by Anthony Chen (winner of the Camera d’Or award and Best Feature Film at Golden Horse Awards). Hadi was formerly the Festival Director for the 21st edition of the Festival and was Festival Manager for the 20th edition.
Leading the film programming is Festival Director, Zhang Wenjie, who has headed the National Museum of Singapore Cinémathèque and The Substation Moving Images while initiating film programmes such as First Take and Singapore Short Cuts during his time. Zhang was also Festival Co-Director for the 22nd edition of the Festival.
“Through the years, the Festival has played a vital role in cultivating appreciation for film as an art form, and has been a pioneer in championing local and Asian independent cinema, with many of the now most revered filmmakers getting their first start at the festival. More than just a film festival, it is one of Singapore’s most venerable cultural institutions. A key mission of the festival has always been the nurturing and discovery of new filmmakers, and this year we are expanding the short film category of the Silver Screen Awards to include Southeast Asian short films to recognise the brightest new talents in short filmmaking from around the region,” Mr. Zhang says.
The Festival will take place in December, and will be held under the umbrella of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF), hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), and organized by Reed Exhibitions, Contineo Media and SGIFF Ltd. The SMF is set to become one of Asia’s leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talents and content in Asia for Film and TV. SGIFF will be held in conjunction with three other complimentary events: the Asia Television Forum & Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore (SS) and Asian Television Awards (ATA).
The Singapore International Film Festival will run from 4th till 14th of December, 2014. Film submissions are now open till 15th September, 2014. Submissions may be made through the Festival website. More information on the Festival and its schedules will be released at a later date.
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