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Daniel Day Kim, Joan Chen, & Sammy Cheng Will Be at SGIFF


The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) returns with a stellar lineup of films, masterclasses and conversations with filmmakers from the region and beyond. The festival takes place over 12 days from 28 November to 9 December 2018. The films will be screened in various venues likes Capitol Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, The Cathay, Filmgarde Bugis , Objectifs, and *SCAPE.

"Singapore International Film Festival as an international film festival, brings both regional and international creators and audiences together, creating opportunity for dialogue. This year's programme of over 100 films celebrates the diversity of our region and cultures; and offers audiences an opportunity for the discovery of independent cinema." - Pimpaka Towira, Programming Director, SGIFF

Impressive Showcase of Over 100 Films

The festival offers a diverse selection of coveted films from Asia and beyond. With over 100 films from 44 countries, film buffs can choose which film they like to watch in the categories of Festival Opening & Special Presentation Films, Films in Competition – Silver Screen Awards, Singapore Panorama, Asian Vision, Cinema Today, Classics, Midnight Mayhem, FOCUS: Taiwanese Docu-Memories, and Encore Screenings.

Well-known Actors and Actresses In-Attendance

A stellar lineup of celebrities in attendance includes Hollywood actor, director, and producer Daniel Dae Kim, Chinese-American actress, director, screenwriter and producer Joan Chen, Hong Kong actress and singer Sammi Cheng, Taiwanese actor Joseph Huang, and Filipino actress Bea Alonzo. Some of them will also be part of the talks, masterclasses and panel sessions that will be held as part of the festival and are open to the public to attend.

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Daniel Dae Kim. Photo courtesy of SGIFF


Celebrated Film makers In-Attendance

This year's Honorary Award goes to Humanist Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh for his considerable contribution to cinema. Leading figure of the Hong Kong New Wave, director Stanley Kwan heads the Asian Feature Film Competition Jury. Joining him on the panel of jury are Daniel Dae Kim; legendary Japanese cinematographer, Akiko Ashizawa; acclaimed Canadian film producer, Sylvain Corbeil and Vietnamese-born French actress, costume, and production designer, Trần Nữ Yên Khê.

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Rithy Panh. Photo courtesy of SGIFF


Critically-Acclaimed and Award-Winning Films

Some of award-winning movies to be screed are Dear Ex by Taiwanese filmmakers Mag Hsu and Hsu Chih-yen, The Third Wife by first-time filmmaker Ash Mayfair from Vietnam, Nervous Translation by Shireen Seno, and many more.

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Dear Ex. Photo courtesy of SGIFF


Singapore Films

It is the time for Singapore filmmakers to shine. The festival showcases 18 films and co-productions from Singapore including 6 feature films and 12 short films. Notable films are Craig McTurk's The Last Artisan, Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen's Cannonball, and Alvin Lee's A Time For Us. It also marks the return of beloved Singaporean films such as Royston Tan's 15, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, is one of the events not one to be missed at the festival.

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The Last Artisan. Photo courtesy of Craig McTurk


New Initiative to Support Independent Filmmakers

The festival launches a new initiative to support independent filmmakers this year: the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF SEA-DOC Grant, and the SGIFF SEA-SHORTS Grant, which will support filmmakers to tell stories across both the fiction and nonfiction genres.

Showcasing The World

The SGIFF is also bringing in films from the Czech Republic, Chile, and Mexico. Kate Novack's The Gospel According To André, which explores the life of legendary Vogue editor André Leon Talley, will have its South East Asian's premiere.

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The Gospel According To André. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


So there you have our guide here! Mark those dates to your calendar - this year's Singapore International Film Festival is an annual event not to be missed. For more information, visit sgiff.com.
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Why? SGIFF is the largest and longest running film festival in Singapore
When: 28 November - 9 December 2018
Website: sgiff.com
Where: Capitol Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, The Cathay, Filmgarde Bugis , Objectifs, and *SCAPE
Cost: From $5 onward
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