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21 Nov 2019 - 01 Dec 2019

30th Singapore International Film Festival

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) returns this 21 November to 1 December 2019 with a dynamic line-up of films and programmes in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

The largest and longest-running film event in Singapore since 1987, SGIFF is an internationally-recognised discovery ground of independent cinema in Southeast Asia. Film lovers can look forward to experience the magic of cinema through the rich stories that  reveal the texture of life signature to Southeast Asia, while taking the pulse of films around the world. At the same time, they can also connect with the cinematic talents and deepen their appreciation for films through post-screening dialogues, masterclasses, panel discussions and talks.

Myth, Dreamscape and Memory in Southeast Asian Cinema

The Focus programme this year reflects the unique storytelling style of Southeast Asian filmmakers, where the juxtaposition of real and unreal, objective and subjective, myth, memory and imagination conjures its own resonances. Collectively, they enrich our understanding of the world around us through the imagination and collective dreams of these filmmakers.

A champion of Southeast Asian independent cinema, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) commissions three short films anchored on the theme of celebration, by Southeast Asian directors Yeo Siew Hua (Singapore), Mouly Surya (Indonesia) and Anucha Boonyawatana (Thailand). This is the first commission series for Southeast Asian filmmakers in the history of SGIFF, which furthers its support to growing the regional film scene. The commissioned shorts will make their world premiere at the Festival Opening on 21 November 2019, 8pm.