Call for Entry 2021: Youth Jury & Critics Programme



10 September 2021 (Friday)


6:00pm (GMT+8)

The Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture new film critics who can contribute to Southeast Asian film culture and discourse.

This programme provides the opportunity for mentorship in the art of film criticism, while invited speakers also enrich the learning experience by sharing about different types of critics, their role in film culture and what it is like to have a career as a film critic.

In the lead-up to and during the festival, the young critics’ articles and video essays will be published on SGIFF’s Film Academy journal, Stories. The mentor will award one of the young critics with the Young Critic Award for originality of writing and for contributing to cinematic discussions in the region.

The programme will culminate in 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.

If you have any enquiries, please write in to

Submission Guidelines

Entry Fees



Keen interest in films from Southeast Asia

Open to applicants aged 14 to 35 years.

Based in Singapore

A proven commitment to writing and / or filmmaking is desirable.


Film theory aims to explore the essence of 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.

Application Materials

One short form essay review of selected short films found on the application form on the SGIFF website.

Please submit all application materials in one PDF document and title the file: ‘2021_Youth Jury_APPLICANT’S NAME’.


All entries must be submitted together with the completed submission form no later than 10 September 2021 (Friday), 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 2021.

SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme cannot 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.

Workshop sessions are likely to occur over multiple weekends in November. 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, Festival publications and other materials relating to the Festival.

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10 September 2021 (Friday)


6:00pm (GMT+8)


Alfian SA’AT

Head Mentor, Youth Jury & Critics Programme

Alfian Sa’at is the Resident Playwright of Wild Rice. His published works include three collections of poetry, One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia and The Invisible Manuscript, a collection of short stories, Corridor, a collection of flash fiction, Malay Sketches, three collections of plays as well as the published play Cooling Off Day. In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. He has also been nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize three times, for Corridor (1999, Commendation Prize), A History of Amnesia (2004) and his translation of the novel The Widower (2016). Alfian has won Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards four times, for Landmarks (2004), Nadirah (2010), Kakak Kau Punya Laki (2013) and Hotel (with Marcia Vanderstraaten, 2016). He is also the co-artistic director of the biennial Singapore Theatre Festival.