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 arts criticism and what it is like to have a career in culture writing.

In the lead-up to and during the festival, the young critics’ articles and video essays will be published on SGIFF’s Film Academy online journal, Stories. The mentor will award one of the participants 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.


Alfian Sa’at


Alfian Sa’at is the resident playwright of Wild Rice. His published works span poetry, short stories, flash fiction and plays. In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry and the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award for Literature. He is also the co-artistic director of the biennial Singapore Theatre Festival.


GAIK Cheng Khoo


Associate Professor, University of Nottingham

Julian ROSS


Film Programmer, International Film Festival Rotterdam

SAM I-shan

Singapore / Cambodia


Corrie TAN



Youth Jury & Critics Participants



FOO Yu Ting Clarice

Rebecca KWEE Tze Xien

Jamie Annabelle LEE Tzea Lynn

G.Nanthinee SHREE

SIM Hui Zhen Cassandra

Kaizerin Lungnie TANZIL

Krystalle TEH Xin Lei

TOH Xiu Si Tracey


Crystal YEO Kai Ting

Edisa Joycelin YEO Xin Ru