Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
What’s It All About?
The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running ﬁlm event in Singapore. Founded in 1987 by Geoffrey Malone and L Leland Whitney, the festival showcases international films and provides a global platform for the best of Singapore cinema.
Audiences will be privy to many activities including film screenings, master classes, fringe events, industry discussions and awards ceremonies. With the Silver Screen Awards as an awards component, the festival also recognises excellence in Asian cinema in two main categories – the Asian Feature Film Competition and the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition. Back this year for its 25th edition, it will feature 28 local works, its most extensive line-up of Singapore films so far.
Opening Film: Unlucky Plaza
Unlucky Plaza by director Ken Kwek is the first local film to open the festival and stars Filipino actor Epy Quizon and local actors Adrian Pang, Janice Koh and Pamela Oei.
Asian Feature Film Competition
The awards in the Asian Feature Film competition category are Best Film, Special Mention, Best Director and Best Performance. The films to be screened in this section are:
• Above The Clouds
• Ant Story
• Meeting Dr Sun
• Men Who Save The World
• The Monk
• The Owners
Adventurous, inventive and genre-defying, the films in Imagine challenge and expand the possibilities of cinema. The films to be screened are:
• Anak Araw
• Imagine: The Kalampag Tracking Agency Programme
• Journey To The West
• Lost In Bosnia
• The Vanquishing Of The Witch Baba Yaga
• Miron: A Man Returned From Outside Of The World
This section is a special showcase of some of the most-awaited new films by today’s leading filmmakers. This year, the festival will premiere the latest works of two veterans – director John Woo’s war epic The Crossing and genre-crossing Thai director Yuthlert Sippapak’s disco-era romantic comedy, Chiang Khan Story. The screenings will be accompanied by the director and cast-in-attendance.
Tribute To Im Kwon-Taek
This year, the festival introduces, for the first time, its Honorary Award to recognise individuals who have made exceptional and enduring contributions to Asian cinema. The 2014 Honorory Award goes to Im Kwon-taek for his considerable lifetime achievements in cinema. Mandala (1981), Village In The Mist (1982) and the esteemed director’s latest – and 102nd – work, Revivre (2014), will also be presented during the festival with the director in attendance.
Filmmaker In Focus: Ahmad Abdalla
The festival will celebrate the work of Ahmad Abdalla, one of the most prominent filmmakers from the new generation of Egyptian cinema. There will be screening of films Décor, Heliopolis, Microphone and his most recent Rags And Tatters.
Closing Film: In the Absence of the Sun
The thriller drama by Indonesian director Lucky Kuswandi will close the fest this year. The film stars Adinia Wirasti, Marissa Anita and Ina Panggabean.