Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics, and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region.

In its 28th edition this year, the SGIFF stays committed to nurture and champion local and regional talent.


With its focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema, this prestigious event is known as a platform for established and aspiring filmmakers to showcase their films to local and international film buffs.

Catch over 100 film screenings, meet veteran actors and cinema legends, gather insights from guest directors, producers, actors and industry experts. The festival masterclasses, talks and panel discussions provide audiences with the opportunity get up-close and personal with the film creators and discuss the latest developments in cinema.


Open to first-time feature filmmakers from Southeast Asia, the six-day SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab explores Southeast Asian stories for development into feature length screenplays. It includes masterclasses, networking opportunities, individual consultations, and an industry pitch for the most promising project prize. Past mentors include international producer Terence Chang, Anurag Kashyap, Anocha Suwichakornpong and Bernard Chauly.


Targeted at post-secondary students in Singapore, The Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture a new generation of critical writers on Asian cinema. Participants will learn the significance of Southeast Asian works, the benefits of film theory and close reading of films; as well as write for SGIFF’s Youth Meets Film – a live online film journal. The Youth Jury will also vote for the Youth Jury Prize-winning film. Past mentors include UK-based film academic Dr. Victor Fan and film academic and curator, May Adadol Ingawanij

SGIFF’s New Waves programme shines a spotlight on young filmmakers who are making waves through the archipelago, forming an emerging community within Southeast Asia. Join them in a series of dialogues with Singaporean artists, writers and curators from different disciplines, as they recollect their entrance into cinema. Come participate in these open dialogue sessions to find out more about this emerging community of filmmakers in anticipation of the 28th edition of SGIFF end-2017. Head on here for more information on New Waves.

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    31 May 2017, Wregas Bhanuteja

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    28 June 2017, Nelicia Low

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    26 July 2017, Kavich Neang

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    30 August 2017, Jerrold Chong

  • Wednesday
    8 – 9pm

    *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5)
    2 Orchard Link
    Singapore 237978


The SGIFF is currently seeking entries for Films, Southeast Asian Film Lab, Youth Jury & Critics Programme. We invite you to be part of the 28th SGIFF. All entries should be submitted no later than Monday, 21 August 2017, 6:00pm (GMT +8).