The 32nd Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) officially opened on November 25, 2021. Gracing the red carpet at Shaw Theatres Lido in Singapore were award-winning Indonesian director Edwin, Malaysian director Tan Chui Mui, Thai director Taiki Sakpisit and American director Jake Wachtal.
Edwin’s “Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash” made its Southeast Asian premiere. It was screened alongside the world premiere of the festival’s commissioned short film “Dreaming” by Yeo.
“It is a tremendous feeling to be back at SGIFF alongside so many members of the film community,” Edwin said. “The festival is a key marker on my annual calendar and it is my honor to have ‘Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash’ make its regional debut here, the same festival where I showed my first short film almost two decades ago. To witness the growth of Southeast Asian cinema throughout this time has been heartening and I thank SGIFF for being a champion of regional storytelling.”
Yeo described “Dreaming” as a very special short film. He said he was honored to be able to open the SGIFF 2021 alongside Edwin.
“I’m grateful to SGIFF for the opportunity and the freedom to make this film the way I envisioned it from the start,” Yeo said. “I look forward to presenting ‘Dreaming’ and watching many more films back on the big screen through the course of the festival.”
In the spirit of community and conversation, Tan, Sakpisit and Wachtal will also be present for live question-and-answer sessions after their films are screened in cinemas, alongside “24” director Roystan Tan, “Scene UnSeen” director Panuksmi Hardjowirogo and “Some Women” director Quen Wong.
“Tonight was a wonderful celebration of the Southeast Asian film community and we are extremely thankful that hundreds of guests took the time out to join us,” SGIFF executive director Emily J. Hoe shared. “It gives us great joy to see the return to cinema for SGIFF 32 and we are excited to continue the conversations through our FORUM banner this year with leaders of the film community participating in panel discussions and live Q&A sessions over the next 10 days.”
The 32nd SGIFF runs from November 25, 2021 to December 5, 2021. The festival will screen over 100 titles from more than 40 countries, hosted across multiple festival venues. Screenings are held at several venues in Singapore including Filmgarde Bugis+, Carnival Cinema at Golden Mile Tower, Golden Village Grand, Oldham Theatre, National Museum of Singapore and Shaw Lido.
FORUM sessions will be held at The Arts House and The Projector. Film Academy sessions at LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Technological University and WILD RICE.
SGIFF is an event of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF), hosted by Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). Tickets to the SGIFF 2021 are available for purchase on SISTIC.