Successful Singapore film festival draws to a close

movie & TV December 04, 2017 16:08

By The Nation

The 28th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) wrapped last night after 11 days of immersive festivities that celebrated and inspired the discovery of independent cinema.



The 28th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) wrapped last night after 11 days of immersive festivities that celebrated and inspired the discovery of independent cinema.

More than 14,000 people turned out for the festival, which showcased 112 feature and short films from 42 countries and enjoyed 31 sold out screenings. Festival-goers were also enthralled by the short film programmes this year, with four sold-out Southeast Asian Short Film and Singapore Panorama Short Film programmes. 

 On the closing day, the festival announced “Call Me By Your Name” by director Luca Guadagnino as the Audience Choice Award, after active voting by festival goers over the 11 days. The wonderfully sensual coming-of-age gay drama features a whirlwind love story between a 17-year-old youth and his father’s 24-year-old research assistant. It was also the first film to have both its screenings sell out at this year’s festival.

The award-winning film was rescreened at the National Museum of Singapore yesterday, alongside the winners of this year’s Best Southeast Asian Short Film, “Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month” by Carlo Francisco Manatad, Best Singapore Short Film “Between Us Two” by Tan Wei Keong, and Best Asian Feature Film “Disappearance” by Ali Asgari.

The festival also saw a line-up of distinguished film personalities from all around the world who met with festival-goers at the various red-carpet galas at the Marina Bay Sands and Capitol Theatre, and passionate sharing sessions by filmmakers and cast at masterclasses and talks. This included international icon David Beckham, Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran, Crazy Rich Asian actor Henry Golding, Academy Awards-nominated director Shekhar Kapur, esteemed cinematographer Christopher Doyle, veteran Indian actress Waheeda Rehman, Japanese personalities Joe Odagiri, Koji Yakusho, Takumi Saitoh, Shioli Kutsuna, Shinobu Terajima, and Indonesian actress Marsha Timothy.

The festival also concluded its inaugural Southeast Asian Producers Network, which brought together the movers and shakers of the regional producing industry, who shared their experiences and the art of their craft with an eager audience.

“Putting the Festival together has always been an inspiring journey as we delve deep into the creativity and bold artistry present in our regional cinema, while keeping an open mind to new developments that present opportunities to the industry. As a platform that aims to be a tastemaker in inspiring the discovery of independent cinema, we are heartened to see fruitful dialogues facilitated; achievements of our regional talents celebrated; and new friendships forged. We hope that this edition of the Festival has sparked new perspectives in our festival goers, and we look forward to more joining us in this journey to embrace the future of cinema,” said SGIFF executive Director Yuni Hadi.