Part of the annual Singapore Media Festival, the SGIFF has always been a leading platform in Southeast Asia showing a diverse and well curated selection of the best and most fascinating new films of the past year. Some of the more experimental films this year include Dragonfly Eyes by Chinese filmmaker Xu Bing, having created the film from over 10,000 hours of surveillance videos to form a complete story, while others have already received critical acclaim on the festival circuit, such as Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. This time around, the festival has also received a surprisingly large number of entries from both esteemed and up and coming female directors, a promising step in the right direction for the future of cinema, and we’re particularly excited about Indonesian director Mouly Surya’s Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts, a subversion of the typically male-driven Western genre as a young widow sets out on an epic, bloody journey of vengeance.
Said newly appointed Festival Programming Director Pimpaka Towira: “Audience members should attend the SGIFF to watch films from both new voices and established filmmakers. There’s been an increasing demand for quality content, and here, you’ll be able to find some of the very best new works from different filmmaking generations.”
Read about some of our festival picks and highlights below:
As always, the SGIFF will have a section dedicated to Singaporean filmmakers. At the Singapore Panorama this year, two classic Singaporean films will be returning to the big screen – Jack Neo’s I Not Stupid and Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen’s Talking Cock: The Movie, which both celebrate their 15th anniversaries this year. Made at a time when local satire was still in its infancy, both films sparkled with originality as they confidently poked good-natured fun at Singaporean culture and paved the way for similar features and short films today.
As a champion of regional cinema and the premiere film festival of Southeast Asia, there’s something for everyone at this year’s SGIFF, as it brings the best and most unconventional films from around the world to Singapore, and promises an immersive journey as we watch the future of cinema unfold before our very eyes.
SGIFF 2017 runs from 23rd November to 3rd December across various cinemas and venues. More information and ticket sales available from their website