Winners from SGIFF
Silver Screen Awards

The 27th Singapore International Film Festival has wrapped up another exciting year with an announcement of its winners at the annual Silver Screen Awards. A total of 14 awards were presented for categories including crowd-favourites Asian Feature Film Competition and Southeast Asian Short Film Competition. Here’s what some winners had to say about their take-homes for the evening!

Silver Screen Awards group pic

SGIFF Silver Screen Award winners. Photo credit to 27th SGIFF and Bonnie Yap

Cinema Legend Award

Cinema Legend Award Recipient Simon Yam

Cinema Legend Award Recipient Simon Yam. Photo credit to 27th SGIFF and Xuan Rong

“I am very thankful for this award. I’ve made more than 200 films but my heart and passion has never changed. I hope that we can share more movies with the people, to show them what it means to be in the art of filmmaking. Let’s all keep on moving. I think this award is not just for me. I would like to share this award to all the film crews that I’ve worked with before. This is for them. They are part of my performance. I love working with all the film crews. This is a great honour that I received this award. Thank you Singapore International Film Festival for giving this award to me. I would also like to say thank you to Dr Yong from Hong Kong and my other friends for supporting me in the film industry. I would also like to say thank you to my family, especially my daughter Ella and my wife QiQi. They’ve given me a lot of energy and inspiration. I love Singapore! Thank you so much.”

– Simon Yam, Cinema Legend Award recipient

Honorary Award

Honorary Award recipient Fruit Chan

Honorary Award recipient Fruit Chan. Photo credit to 27th SGIFF and Bonnie Yap

“我要感谢新加坡国际电影节颁给我这个奖。非常感谢秦海露亲自颁这个奖给我。其实这个都是一个集体的活,就我们干电影是一个team work所以说无论怎么样都要积极拍下去。 Thank you Singapore International Film Festival. Thank you Singapore.”

“I want to thank the Singapore International Film Festival for presenting this award to me. I am also thankful to receive this from Qin Hailu. This is actually a team effort, and filmmaking is team work. Hence, I would want to continue to make more films. Thank you Singapore International Film Festival. Thank you Singapore.”

– Fruit Chan, Honorary Award recipient

Asian Feature Film Competition

Best Performance

Live from Dhaka

Mostafa Monwar (second from left), actor of Live from Dhaka. Photo credit to 27th SGIFF and Xuan Rong

“It’s very hard to translate how I feel into words actually. First of all I must thank Singapore International Film Festival for inviting us, and the jury. And thank you to my director Saab and the whole production team. Thank you.”

– Mostafa Monwar, Actor of Live from Dhaka

Southeast Asian Short Film Competition

Best Singapore Short Film

Koo Chia Meng

Koo Chia Meng, Assistant Director of Anchorage Prohibited (middle) for Best Singapore Short Film. Photo credit to 27th SGIFF and Bonnie Yap

“It is very heartening to know that the film has gotten an award at the Singapore International Film Festival. The festival’s support is very crucial to the film industry. The Singapore film industry has a lot of talents that deserve to be seen worldwide and the festival does an important job in that. The director, Chiang Wei Liang, has his own vision and personality in terms of how he wants to approach film. Anchorage Prohibited was made in the exact way that Wei Liang wanted it to be, and he is definitely someone to look out for in the film industry.”

– Koo Chia Meng, Assistant Director of Anchorage Prohibited

Best Director

Liao Jiekai

Liao Jiekai, Best Director of SEA Short Film Competition (middle). Photo credit to 27th SGIFF and Bonnie Yap

“This is my third time screening my film at the SGIFF but first time being nominated for the Silver Screen Awards. This is really an encouragement for me. I’ve received many awards from overseas but to receive one in my own country is significant. It is in your home country, where your film connects with the local audience the most. As a teacher, my students will one day become upcoming artists in the industry – and my peers in the industry. I am very happy to also see their films being showcased alongside mine.”

– Liao Jiekai, Director of The Mist

Southeast Asian Film Lab: Most Promising Project

Dong Phuong Thao

Dong Phuong Thao, Southeast Asian Film Lab Most Promising Award. Photo credit to 27th SGIFF and Bonnie Yap

“Everyone was very warm and friendly and this is the first time that I went out and learnt from everyone around me. The mentors were also very encouraging and tried to make the atmosphere less stressful, which was very important. We faced a lot of challenges creating our short film in Vietnam, and would continue to face more, should we choose to develop this into a feature film. However, participating in the Film Lab and winning this award has opened new doors. We are now looking forward to creating our first feature film.”

– Dong Phuong Thao, Director of Taste

For a full list of winners of the 27th SGIFF Silver Screen Awards, visit http://sgiff.com/silver-screen-awards/