Organised in partnership with the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University and *SCAPE, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture and guide a generation of young writers on cinema from the region. In its lead-up and during the Festival, the young critics’ articles and video essays will be published in the festival’s film journal, Youth Meets Film. The programme will conclude with the young jurors awarding the Youth Jury Prize to one of the films competing in the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition during the Silver Screen Awards. One of the participants will also receive the Young Critic Award, awarded for originality of writing and for their contribution to cinematic discussions in the region.



Kong Rithdee works at the Thai Film Archive as Deputy Director, handling programming and archival management. He was previously Film Critic and Arts Editor for over 20 years at the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English language newspaper. He has written about film for international publications such as Cahiers du Cinema, Sight and Sound, and film festival catalogues. Rithdee has also co- directed documentary films on the subject of Muslim minorities in Thailand and written screenplays such as The Island Funeral. His co-directed work The Convert (2008) was screened at Vancouver, Busan, Yamagata and other festivals. Baby Arabia (2010) was shown at Vancouver, Hawaii, and other festivals. Their latest short doc Gaddhafi (2013) was invited to International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA). In 2014, Kong was awarded Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government for his writing. Most recently, Rithdee translated the Thai novel The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth, which is available worldwide.


  • Entry Fees & Eligibility

  • Entry Fees: None.
  • Eligibility:
    • Keen interest in films from Southeast Asia
    • Basic knowledge of film theory and critical writing
    • Rudimentary knowledge of camera / sound equipment and editing software
    • Current student in a post-secondary educational institution
    • Based in Singapore
  • Definition

    • Film theory aims to explore the essence of the cinema and provide conceptual frameworks to understand film’s relationship to reality, other artforms, spectators, and its significance to society at large.
    • A video essay is a piece of audio-visual content that like an essay advances an argument but through the use of filmic techniques.
  • Deadline

    • All submissions must complete the Online Submission Form by Monday, 19 August 2019, 6.00pm (GMT+8).
    • Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
    • Any submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • Selected Participants

    • SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme will inform successful applicants of the selection results by mid-September 2018.
    • SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of applicants.
    • Once selected, the applicant must confirm that they will commit to the time commitment required by the Youth Jury & Critics Programme.
    • Workshops will be conducted in English; knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.
    • Participants agree that produced works as part of the SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme may be published on SGIFF related online portals, festivals publications and other materials relating to the festival.