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Meet The Filmmakers and Actors
Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is back with its 27th edition. SGIFF 2016 was opened on 23 November by its Chairman, Mike Wiluan.

It's part of Singapore Media Festival 2016 hosted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority. SMF 2016 is set to become one of Asia's leading international media events and covers SMF Ignite, SGIFF 2016, Asian Television Awards, 2016 Asia TV Forum & Market 2016, ScreenSingapore 2016, ciNE65 and CASBAA.

SGIFF 2016, SMF 2016, SMF Ignite, Asian Television Awards, 2016 Asia TV Forum and Market 2016, ScreenSingapore 2016, ciNE65, CASBAA
SGIFF Chairman Mike Wiluan and an international actress Michelle Yeoh at The Opening Night of SGIFF 27th Edition. Photo credit: 27th SGIFF & Bonnie Yap


The Asian premiere of Interchange will be attended by film director, Dain Iskandar Said, and the cast. It is accompanied by In Pursuit of a Happy Human Life directed by SGIFF 2015 Best Singapore Short Film recipient, Gladys Ng.

SGIFF, Singapore International Film Festival, Interchange Film, Nicholas Saputra, Prisia Nasution, Dain Iskandar Said, Iedil Putra, Nadiya Nisaa, Alvin Wong, Chew Kin Wah
From left to right: Chew Kin Wah, Iedil Putra, Prisia Nasution, Michelle Yeoh, Nicholas Saputra, Dain Iskandar Said, Nadiya Nisaa, Alvin Wong, Chew Kin Wah. Photo credit: 27th SGIFF & Bonnie Yap


Korean director Lee Sang-woo is in Singapore to promote his latest film, Walking Street. He will be joined by the cast.

SGIFF, Singapore International Film Festival, Lee Song Lee, Lee Sang Woo, Lee Si-Kang, Baek Sung-hyun
Lee Song Lee, Lee Sang Woo and Lee Si-Kang. Photo credit: 27th SGIFF & Bonnie Yap


SGIFF will pay tribute to award-winning filmmaker Fruit Chan by presenting him the Honorary Award this year. Get tickets of his films here.

SGIFF, Singapore International Film Festival, Fruit Chan, Hongkong film director,
Masterclass with Fruit Chan on 4th December 2016. Photo credit: 27th SGIFF


Th focus of this festival is the award-winning contemporary Japanese filmmaker, Naomi Kawase and Latin America cinema.

Internationally acclaimed Hong Kong actor Simon Yam who has appeared in over 200 films will receive the Cinema Legend Award this year.

SGIFF, Singapore International Film Festival, Michelle Yeoh, Simon Yam, Condor heroes, Mrs K movie, Yam Tat-wah (任達華), Ho Yuhang, Hongkong film icon
Simon Yam who is also known as Yam Tat-wah (任達華) will make his appearance on 4 December 2016 at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. Photo credit: 27th SGIFF


With his uncompromising directorial style, Darren Aronofsky continues to be one of the major players in Hollywood. He'll attend his film screening, Pi.

SGIFF, Singapore International Film Festival, Darren Aronofsky, Requiem For A Dream (2000), The Fountain(2006), The Wrestler (2008), Black Swan (2010) Noah (2014), American film director
Masterclass with Darren Aronofsky on 25 November 2016. Photo credit: 27th SGIFF


Tran Anh Hung, who won Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993 with The Scent of Green Papaya, is the recipient of IWC Filmmaker Award. Discover his influences in contemporary Vietnamese cinema by watching Eternity.

SGIFF, Singapore International Film Festival, Tran Anh Hung, The Scent of Green Papaya, Vietnam Film Director, Yuni Hadi
Tran Anh Hung and Yuni Hadi (SGIFF Executive Director). Photo credit: Singapore International Film Festival


Three films selected for Special Presentation section are Mrs K by Ho Yuhang, Three Sassy Sisters by Nia Dinata, and The Road to Mandalay by Midi Z. These screenings will have their directors and cast in attendance.

SGIFF, Singapore International Film Festival, Ho Yuhang, Simon Yam, Mrs K, Kara Wai
MRS K by Ho Yuhang. The film casts Kara Wai and Simon Yam will attend the film screening with the director on 27 November. Photo credit: 27th SGIFF


The film festival has many segments. Ten films under Asian Feature Film section were selected by Naomi Kawase, Sunny Pang, Jocelyne Saab, and Herman Yau. Three programmes of SEA Short Films were selected by Bertrand Lee, Anderson Le, and Mira Lesmana.

SGIFF, Singapore International Film Festival, Naomi Kawase, Mira Lesmana, Herman Yau, Anurag Kashyap, Sunny Pang, Jocelyne Saab, Bertrand Lee, Anderson Le
Photo (clockwise from top) Naomi Kawase, Herman Yau, Mira Lesmana, Sunny Pang, Jocelyne Saab, Bertrand Lee, Anderson Le. Photo credit: 27th SGIFF


Since its introduction in 2008, Singapore Panorama becomes one of the most anticipated events. Asian Vision offers insights into the latest film developments across Asia. Cinema Today features new films by international filmmakers including those from the Slovak Republic, Colombia, Egypt and Australia. Imagine showcases the works of pioneer Vietnamese filmmaker Trinh Minh-ha, and local video artist and researcher Toh Hun Ping. Classics will bring overlooked gems of Asian and world cinema.

SGIFF also invites an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor Anurag Kashyap to hold a masterclass. Several talks are scheduled too.

Film-goers could browse the film list here. Tickets are available for purchase from SISTIC.
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Why? Meet the filmmakers, actors, and actresses
When: 23 November - 4 December 2016
Website: sgiff.com
Where: Events are held at various venues
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