SGIFF 2021 features Maung Okkar, Sahraa Karim, Eddie Bertozzi, Kim Young Woo, Charles Tesson


The 32nd edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will be held from November 25, 2021 to December 5, 2021. Beyond film screenings, the festival also features a lively range of talks by filmmakers and industry experts who offer insights into the creative processes and developments in cinema culture.

“As we return to the cinemas this year, we also wish to encourage further discourse in-person, which includes Q&As with filmmakers as well as our Forum section, featuring leading industry voices in topical panel discussions,” SGIFF 2021 programme director Thong Kay Wee said. “We are also especially thrilled to offer a special presentation of the feature film ‘Scene UnSeen’ on Singapore’s underground music scene, which will include a one-night-only showcase by two of Singapore’s beloved indie bands. I hope these accompanying experiences will continue to ignite our audience’s curiosity and bring different communities together at our festival.”


Cinemas in Crisis: Afghanistan and Myanmar 

November 29, 2021, Monday, 6:30 p.m. | 90 Min | The Arts House, Chamber | Tickets at $5 

Focusing on case studies of the past and present realities in Afghanistan and Myanmar, this talk will shed light on the developments of both national film industries in the 20th century, and discuss the various ways in which cinema and artists can continue to move forward despite the odds today. 


  • Maung Okkar: actor, filmmaker and founder of non-profit organisation Save Myanmar Film, which conducts film archiving workshops and leads digital restoration projects for classic Myanmar films 
  • Sahraa Karimi: Iranian film director and actor, and the first woman to become general director of the state-owned Afghan Film

Influencing the Changing Landscapes of Asian Cinema 

December 1, 2021, Wednesday, 7.30pm | 90 Min | The Arts House, Chamber | Tickets at $5 

International film practitioners share their experiences in programming and supporting a diversity of Asian films on their platforms. What do they look out for in contemporary Asian cinema and how have they sought to present a more nuanced and inclusive picture of the region? 


  • Eddie Bertozzi: head of Pardi di Domani for Locarno Film Festival
  • Kim Young Woo: film programmer at DMZ International Documentary Film Festival ● Raymond Phathanavirangoon — Executive Director, SEAFIC; film producer and film festival programmer 
  • Charles Tesson: artistic director of Critics’ Week at Cannes 

Tickets will go on public sale on November 9, 2021 at 12 p.m. via SISTIC. The SGIFF 2021 will present a diverse, inclusive range of over 100 films by filmmakers from more than 40 countries and films categorized under Asian Feature Film and Southeast Asian Short Film competitions.

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