SGIFF Presents Moonlight Cinema 2021 at Gardens by the Bay

28 July 2021, Singapore – Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will host its fourth edition of Moonlight Cinema in partnership with Gardens by the Bay, over two days in August, where audiences can enjoy free film screenings that spotlight the whimsical and magical side of Singapore.

Running on 20 and 22 August 2021, this will be the first-ever edition of Moonlight Cinema organised outside of the Festival period. The programme celebrates storytelling through film, and is part of SGIFF’s efforts to foster deeper film appreciation in Singapore. The initiative is a platform to encourage local audiences to expand their horizon to different types of cinema and illustrates SGIFF’s commitment to produce inclusive programmes to connect communities and audiences of all ages through the magic of cinema. 
The Moonlight Cinema series this year includes a slate of notable Singapore films by directors Royston Tan, Tan Pin Pin and Ng Xi Jie. Film-lovers can look forward to musical drama 3688 by acclaimed director Royston Tan which centres on a parking attendant named Fei Fei who dreams of a musical career, Singapore GaGa by award-winning filmmaker Tan Pin Pin that features vignettes of Singapore life as well as its everyday sounds and sights, and Singapore Minstrel by Ng Xi Jie, that takes viewers into the mind of Singapore’s wildest busker, Roy Payamal.

(from left to right) 3688, Singapore GaGa and Singapore Minstrel

Join us for a night out with these stories that uncover the creative side of Singapore, in anticipation of the 32nd SGIFF at the end of November. 

Screenings will be held at 7.30pm on 20 August 2021, 5pm and 7.30pm on 22 August 2021 at the Flower Field Hall, Gardens by the Bay. All films are rated PG. Admission is free, by registration. 

The protection and safety of our attendees remains our top priority at SGIFF. In view of the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, we have stepped up our precautionary measures in line with the latest Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines. We are working with our partners and vendors to ensure the necessary safety measures are in place, and are committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for all our attendees. Please note that conditions of entry may need to be adjusted according to the prevailing government guidelines.

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About the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF)

Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics; and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region. Committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent, its competition component, the Silver Screen Awards, brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends. With its mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues with attending filmmakers, the Festival also serves as a catalyst for igniting public interest, artistic dialogue, and cultural exchanges in the art of filmmaking. The SGIFF is organised by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd, a non-profit organisation with Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/sginternationalfilmfestival/

The 32nd edition of SGIFF will return from 25 Nov - 5 Dec 2021.

Annex A: About Singapore GaGa, Singapore Minstrel, 3688

3688 (PG)

Directed by Royston Tan, Singapore, 2015, 99 min
Friday 20 August 2021, 7.30pm | Flower Field Hall @ Gardens by the Bay | Free

3688 centres on a parking attendant named Fei Fei who has always dreamt of becoming a singer like her famous idol and namesake – the legendary Taiwanese singer Fong Fei Fei.

Singapore GaGa (PG)

Directed by Tan Pin Pin, Singapore, 2005, 54 min
Sunday 22 August 2021, 5pm | Flower Field Hall @ Gardens by the Bay | Free

Singapore GaGa is a paean to the quirkiness of the Singaporean aural landscape. It reveals Singapore’s past and present with a delight and humour that makes it a necessary film for all Singaporeans. We hear buskers, street vendors, school cheerleaders sing hymns to themselves and to their communities. From these vocabularies (including Arabic, Latin, Hainanese), a sense of what it might mean to be a modern Singaporean emerges.

Singapore Minstrel (PG)

Directed by Ng Xi Jie, Singapore, 2015, 91 min
Sunday 22 August 2021, 7.30pm | Flower Field Hall @ Gardens by the Bay | Free

Roy Payamal is the wildest busker of a country ranked the world’s most emotionless society. He takes his undermined line of work as a serious art – but is his faith impossible idealism or an admirable conviction? Singapore Minstrel is an invitation into his beautiful mind, a magical, trying universe where art and life dialogue in a tropical dream.

Annex B: SGIFF Film Fund Sponsors

Tan Ean Kiam Foundation

The Tan Ean Kiam Foundation was set up by Singapore pioneer, Tan Ean Kiam. For the last 64 years, it has dedicated its mission to the nurturing of local art and culture, and giving the gift of education, particularly for those in-need. By giving to SEA-DOC, the Foundation hopes to encourage and support more local and SEA documentary filmmakers, especially those who are capturing and sharing the unique stories of Singapore and its region.

C47 Investment

C47 Investment is a content investment company based in Singapore and South Korea. Established in 2017, C47 Investment has invested in the development and production of over a dozen Korean-language TV and film projects. In 2020, C47 Investment began investing in content outside Korea. C47 Investment also sponsored various creative contests in Korea to discover new talent and is a proud sponsor of the SGIFF Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant. C47 Investment plans to widen its presence as a valuable investment partner to talented creators all across Asia. For more information, please visit c47investment.com.

White Light Post

Founded in 2010, White Light Post is Thailand’s first boutique digital film lab. As filmmakers ourselves, we treat every film as if it is our own. Our mission is to tailor post-production solutions for filmmakers across Asia. We believe the alchemy of art, color and science is the secret to amazing post-production.

White Light actively supports filmmakers and sponsors post-production awards at the Hong-Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), the Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC), the Purin Pictures Film Fund, and the Singapore International Film Festival’s SEA-Shorts Grant. We have supported films from a wide range of countries, including Thailand, China, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, which have screened in leading film festivals like Berlin, Busan, Toronto, Singapore and many more.

White Light’s founders include award-winning DoP, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (Call Me By Your Name, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), and award-winning Editor, Lee Chatametikool (Apprentice, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Shutter). For more information, please visit www.whitelightpost.com

Annex C: SGIFF Film Fund Reading Panel

Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant (SEA-DOC)

Amir Muhammad

Amir Muhammad is a Malaysian movie producer and book publisher. The documentaries he has directed include The Last Communist (2006) and Village People Radio Show (2007), both banned in Malaysia. He is a partner of Da Huang Pictures, whose most recent film is Tan Chui Mui’s Barbarian Invasions (2021). His company Kuman Pictures has completed three low-budget horror films, including Roh (2019) which was theatrically released in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Cambodia. His publishing company Buku Fixi has published over 200 books since 2011.

Wood Lin

Based in Taiwan, Wood Lin is the Programme Director of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival. He has served as juror at numerous international film festivals, including the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Dokufest, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Golden Horse Award and Taipei Film Festival.

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.

SGIFF Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant (SEA-SHORTS)

Lorna Tee

Lorna Tee is a pan-Asian film producer and film festival curator/organiser, dividing her time between Asia and Europe. She has worked for Focus Films (Hong Kong), Variety (USA), Irresistible Films (Hong Kong/Japan), Berlinale, CinemAsia Film Festival and was the founder and Head of Festival Management for the International Film Festival and Awards Macao. Her selected filmography includes The Beautiful Washing Machine, Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, Love Story, My Mother is a Bellydancer, The Shoe Fairy, At the End of Daybreak, Lover’s Discourse, Come Rain, Come Shine, Postcards from the Zoo and Mrs K. She is developing film projects in Asia with her production company Paperheart, lecturing at film training programmes and consulting with various international film institutions and film funds. She is also currently curating the year-round film screenings programme at the Cinematheque Passion in Macao.

Kuo Ming-Jung

Lorna Tee is a pan-Asian film producer and film festival curator/organiser, dividing her time between Asia and Europe. She has worked for Focus Films (Hong Kong), Variety (USA), Irresistible Films (Hong Kong/Japan), Berlinale, CinemAsia Film Festival and was the founder and Head of Festival Management for the International Film Festival and Awards Macao. Her selected filmography includes The Beautiful Washing Machine, Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, Love Story, My Mother is a Bellydancer, The Shoe Fairy, At the End of Daybreak, Lover’s Discourse, Come Rain, Come Shine, Postcards from the Zoo and Mrs K. She is developing film projects in Asia with her production company Paperheart, lecturing at film training programmes and consulting with various international film institutions and film funds. She is also currently curating the year-round film screenings programme at the Cinematheque Passion in Macao.

John Canciani

Based in Switzerland, John Canciani is the Artistic Director of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. He is a founding member of the Pro Short Swiss short film association, a film curator at the Kino Cameo Winterthur and a member of the Swiss Film Academy and the European Film Academy. He has curated various film programmes which were shown at the Cabaret Voltaire Zürich, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Centre Culturel Suisse Paris and Ann Arbor Film Festival, and has been a jury member at numerous film festivals including the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Go Short Nijmegen, Hong Kong Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, International Film Festival Jeonju, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival and more. His film Tokyo Rock ‘n’ Roll (2007) was shown at film festivals such as EMAF Osnabrück, Alternative/Video Belgrad, Art le Havre Biennale d’art contemporain, Leeds IFF, VideoEX, Sao Paolo ISFF. He has also served as editor on an issue of the film journal OnCurating titled The Future of Short Film.