The 32nd edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will be held from November 25, 2021 to December 5, 2021. This edition’s Asian Feature Film Competition presents 10 new films by directors making their first to third features.
With entries such as “Rehana Maryam Noor” by Abdullah Mohammad Saad, the first film from Bangladesh to officially screen at Cannes Film Festival, the dynamism of the region is fully expressed through each film’s distinct localism and diversity of style. The film was co-produced by Singaporean producer Jeremy Chua.
Asian Feature Film Competition
|“Amira“||Mohamed Diab||Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia|
|“Anatomy of Time“||Jakrawal Nilthamrong||Thailand, France, Netherlands, Singapore|
|“Hit the Road“||Panah Panahi||Iran|
|“A New Old Play“||Qiu Jiongjiong||Hong Kong, France|
|“Rehana Maryam Noor“||Abdullah Mohammad Saad||Bangladesh, Singapore, Qatar|
|“Whether the Weather is Fine“||Carlo Francisco Manatad||Philippines, France, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, Qatar|
|“White Building“||Kavich Neang||Cambodia, France, China, Qatar|
|“Yuni“||Kamila Andini||Indonesia, Singapore, France, Australia|
The SGIFF 2021 is an event of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF), which is hosted by Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). The festival will be hosted across multiple venues in Singapore with screenings at Filmgarde Bugis+, Carnival Cinema at Golden Mile Tower, Golden Village Grand, Oldham Theatre, National Museum of Singapore and Shaw Lido.
Talks and panels will be held at The Arts House and The Projector. There will be Film Academy sessions at LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Technological University and WILD RICE.
For the very first time, the festival will be awarding the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Southeast Asian Cinema Award to the Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC) for its exceptional work in elevating regional cinema. An intensive script and development incubator for Southeast Asian filmmakers, the SEAFIC has helped to advance, strengthen and refine the quality of feature-length scripts and projects from the region.
Besides filmmaking, the award takes into consideration resource-building, heritage preservation and promotion, among others. SGIFF executive director Emily J. Hoe said, “At SGIFF, we are reminded every day of the passionate individuals in the film community who work so hard together to bring you on a cinematic storytelling journey.”
“For SGIFF 2021, we want to celebrate the necessary persistence of storytelling as a mobius strip that twists, curls and bends, carrying on as an infinite loop, represented through this year’s festival key visual,” Hoe continued. “If 2020 was the year we stepped out of our comfort zones to make SGIFF a hybrid format, I am proud to say we have come full circle, emerging stronger than ever and taking the gathering back to the cinemas, where we experience the true magic of film.”