Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will celebrate 30 years of Southeast Asian story telling at the latest gathering, from November 21 until December 1. As part of the celebration and for the first time ever, SGIFF has commissioned three short films by Southeast Asian filmmakers Yeo Siew Hua (Singapore), Mouly Surya (Indonesia) and Anucha Boonyawatana (Thailand) as well as introducing the Focus series on Southeast Cinema for the year.
SGIFF has been a long-standing supporter of talent in the region throughout its three-decade tenure to date. The three commissioned filmmakers are no strangers to the festival; Yeo Siew Hua premiered his award winning A Land Imagined at the festival, Mouly Surya previously presented Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts and Anucha Boonyawatana was conferred as Best Director for Malila: The Farewell Flower.
SGIFF Executive Director Yuni Hadi said, “SGIFF is committed to providing a platform for the diverse voices of Southeast Asia to be heard through film. A key anchor of our 30th anniversary celebrations, this commission series is both a gesture by the Festival to enable filmmakers to experiment and grow the regional scene, and an avenue to introducing the texture of life in Southeast Asia to the wider audience.”
SGIFF Programme Director Kuo Ming-Jung said, “Filmmaking provides an avenue for stories that we imagine and dream about to become reality. Our 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.”
The 30th SGIFF will run from 21 November to 1 December 2019. The full Festival line-up and ticketing details will be announced on 22 October 2019.