5 SGIFF Films not to be missed

161 feature and short films from 52 countries, 16 world premieres and 18 Asian premieres make up the Singapore International Film Festival’s (SGIFF) exciting line-up this year – no mean feat to squeeze that within just 12 days at all! It all comes to a close this Sunday, but before that, be sure to check out some of these must-catch films, as recommended by the folks from Singapore’s media industry, and members of the Singapore Media Festival Advisory Board.

(Click on the links to watch trailers and get your tickets!)

Singapore Panorama Shorts
includes Eclipse by Jerrold Chong
30 Nov | 7pm | National Museum of Singapore

1 Eclipse

“Watch this heartfelt story, lovingly & painstakingly crafted in stop-motion animation by one of the brightest lights from Singapore's next generation of animators.”
-- Robert Gilby, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) & Chairman of the Singapore Media Festival Advisory Board

A Yellow Bird
by K Rajagopal
1 Dec | 9.30pm | National Museum of Singapore

2 A Yellow Bird

“Un-relentless, a Singaporean voice and soul.”
-- Clara Cheo, CEO, Golden Village, &member of the Singapore Media Festival Advisory Board

Singapore Panorama Shorts
includes Durian-Picking by Kray Chen, and Mao Shan Wang by Khym Fong
30 Nov | 7pm | National Museum of Singapore

4 Durian Picking

“Growing up, I've always enjoyed durian picking with my late grandfather in his plantation in Pulau Ubin. He told me durians have eyes and it will drop down on naughty kids. I am intrigued to be brought back in time.”
-- Jeff Cheong, President, Tribal Worldwide Asia & member of the Singapore Media Festival Advisory Board

by Naomi Kawase
3 Dec | 2pm | National Museum of Singapore

3 An

“I have always known Naomi Kawase for her confessional too-close-to-the-bone personal essays so it is a surprise to see that she is coming to Singapore with a melodrama about a sweet bean pancake seller who is given a secret recipe by a mysterious lady... and his life changes. Lots of delicious food images!”
-- Tan Pin Pin, filmmaker

“I spent five years living in Tokyo which has given me an appreciation of many things Japanese, and I am intrigued to watch this.”
-- Jonathan Spink, CEO, HBO Asia

Voyage to Terengganu
by Amir Muhammad, Hisham Ismail
1 Dec | 7pm | National Gallery of Singapore

5 Voyage to Terengganu

“This is Amir’s first film in several years, and I’ve always been a fan!”
-- Boo Junfeng, filmmaker