25th SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 25th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) returns after a two-year hiatus, with an entirely new team and a renewed beginning. With a focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema and discovering new film talents around Southeast Asia, SGIFF is known for its dynamic film programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture. Held from 4 to 14 December 2014, over 100 feature and short films from 50 countries were showcased across 10 sections over the 11-day event.

The festival celebrated its 25th anniversary with Singaporean filmmaker Ken Kwek’s Unlucky Plaza (2014) as the opening film. It was a night of glitz and glamour as stars who walked the Red Carpet include world-renowned auteur John Woo, actresses Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche and Cheng Pei.

SGIFF also launched its first ever Southeast Asian Film Lab as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. The Southeast Asian Film Lab is a six-day writing workshop aimed at emerging screenwriters, writers and directors from Southeast Asia aged between 18 and 35, with a focus on stories capturing the collective experiences of the past, present and future Southeast Asia, to be developed into feature length screenplays. Mentors for the film lab include Akanga Films’ award-winning producer Fran Borgia, and independent filmmaker and co-founder of Da Huang Pictures Tan Chui Mui.

HIGHLIGHTS IN 2014


OPENING FILM

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UNLUCKY PLAZA, by Ken Kwek

Having made its world premiere at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival, UNLUCKY PLAZA is set to be the first Singapore film to open for SGIFF.

*Filmmaker in attendance

Catch this multi-character crime caper, about how one man's financial woes spirals into a harrowing crisis that captivates the world.

Casts: Epy Quizon, Adrian Pang and Judee Tan

Watch the trailer here.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

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THE CROSSING, by John Woo

Industry veteran John Woo’s latest feature joins this year’s gala showcase of highly anticipated new films by leading filmmakers.

*Filmmaker in attendance

The star-studded war epic traces events leading up to the 1949 Chinee Revolution and a famous doomed voyage.

Casts: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Ziyi and Huang Xiaoming

Watch the trailer here.

SINGAPORE PANORAMA

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Taking in the pulse of the latest and most exciting developments in Singapore Cinema, this year’s Singapore Panorama will see world premieres of new features by festival regulars Han Yew Kwang, Kan Lume and A Nizam Khan. And look forward to debuts by up-and-coming filmmakers as well as new work by local veterans such as Royston Tan, He Shuming and others. Browse the selected films here.

SILVER SCREEN AWARDS

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Taking the esteemed Silver Screen Awards to the next level, this year’s festival edition will see the Singapore Short Film section expand to Southeast Asian Short Film to recognise the brightest short filmmaking talents from Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia. Participants from this year’s Youth Jury Programme will present the Youth Jury Award to the best Southeast Asian short film. And for the first time ever, the festival will introduce a special Honorary Award to individuals who have made exceptional and enduring contributions to Asian Cinema.

Asian Feature Film Categories

Best Film

Best Director

Best Performance

Special Jury Prize

Southeast Asian Film Categories

Best Singapore Short Film

Best Southeast Asian Short Film

Best Director

Special Jury Prize

Browse the nominated films here.

SOUTHEAST ASIAN FILM LAB

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Another SGIFF first: selected emerging screenwriters and directors from Southeast Asia join this 6-day writing workshop. The dynamic programme includes masterclasses with established practitioners from the region as well as networking opportunities.

For more information on the participants and updates, click here.