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Complete list of Singapore International Film Festival opening, closing films

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Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region.

Organized by the Singapore International Film, the SGIFF is committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent. It provides mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues to its attending filmmakers.

Singapore International Film Festival

In 1991, the festival’s competition component called the Silver Screen Awards was introduced. It brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends.

The festival also serves as a catalyst for igniting public interest, artistic dialogue and culture exchanges in the art of filming. Here is the list of the annual Singaporean event’s opening films and closing films:

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EDITIONYEAROPENING FILM
DIRECTOR
CLOSING FILM
DIRECTOR
32nd2021“Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash”
Edwin
31st2020“Tiong Bahru Social Club”
Tan Bee Thiam
30th2019“Wet Season”
Anthony Chen
“The Truth”
Hirokazu Kore-eda
29th2018“Cities of Last Things”
Ho Wi Ding
28th2017“Angels Wear White”
Vivian Qu
27th2016“Interchange”
Dain Iskandar Said
26th2015“Panay”
Cheng Yu-chieh
25th2014“Unlucky Plaza”
Ken Kwek
“In the Absence of the Sun”
Lucky Kuswandi
24th2011“Red Light Revolution”
Sam Voutas
“Senna”
Asif Kapadia
23th2010“Mao’s Last Dancer”
Bruce Beresford
“Dear Doctor”
Miwa Nishikawa
22nd2009“Sincerely Yours”
Rich Lee
“Milk”
Semih Kaplanoğlu
21st2008“The Princess of Nebraska”
Wayne Wang
“Road to Dawn”
Derek Chiu
20th2007“Sankara”
Prasanna Jayakody
“Opera Jawa”
Garin Nugroho
19th2006“Dunia”
Jocelyne Saab
“4:30”
Royston Tan
18th2005“Steamboy”
Katsuhiro Otomo
“Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence”
Mamoru Oshii
17th2004“Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring”
Kim Ki-duk
“Goodbye, Dragon Inn”
Tsai Ming-liang
16th2003“Chi-hwa-seon”
Im Kwon-taek
“Divine Intervention”
Elia Suleiman
15th2002“Kandahar”
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
“What Time is It There?”
Tsai Ming -liang
14th2001“Yi Yi”
Edward Yang
“Eureka”
Shinji Aoyama
13th2000“Monday”
Sabu
“The Wind Will Carry Us”
Abbas Kiarostami
12th1999“Ordinary Heroes”
Ann Hui
“The Hole”
Tsai Ming-liang
11th1998“Hana-bi”
Takeshi Kitano
“Happy Together”
Wong Kar-wai
10th1997“Gabbeh”
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
“Breaking the Waves”
Lars von Trier
9th1996“The Confessional”
Robert Lepage
“Memories”
Koji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Otomo
8th1995“The Red Lotus Society”
Stan Lai
“Amateur”
Hal Hartley
7th1994“The Blue Kite”
Tian Zhuangzhuang
“The Scent of Green Papaya”
Tran Anh Hung
6th1993“The Trial”
David Jones
“Strictly Ballroom”
Baz Luhrmann
5th1992“Raise the Red Lantern”
Zhang Yimou
“A Brighter Summer Day”
Edward Yang
4th1991“Cyrano de Bergerac”
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
“Dreams”
Akira Kurosawa
3rd1990“The Children”
Tony Palmer
“Blue Steel”
Kathryn Bigelow
2nd1989“The Glass Menagerie”
Paul Newsman
“Testimony”
Tony Palmer
1st1987“The Name of the Rose”
Jean-Jacques Annaud
“The Mission”
Roland Joffe
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