The Singapore International Film Festival
: 新加坡国际电影节) was launched in 1987
. The festival is an annual
film event, held around April/May each year, and screens about 300 films from over 45 countries. Besides screening award-winning and critically-acclaimed films, the festival also features workshops, seminars and exhibitions on film-making for film students and the film industry
The festival accepts formats in 16mm, 35mm, VHS, U-matic (PAL). The festival is directed by Philip Cheah and Teo Swee Leng.
Originally launched to give local audiences a chance to see independent and non-commercial films, the festival is now recognised worldwide by film critics
for its focus on Asian
filmmakers and promotion of neglected Southeast Asian
Many international critics attend this festival to see Asia's new and bright talents.
- Promote film as an artistic medium
- Provide the opportunity for audiences to view films not otherwise released commercially.
- Create awareness of the finer points of film-making through seminars and workshops by overseas professionals
- Pave the way for a Singapore film industry
- Provide an international showcase for Asian Cinema
- Main Article: Singapore International Film Festival Awards List
To encourage the Asian film-makers, the SIFF introduced the Silver Screen Awards Competition in 1991. The Awards have become regionally recognized and Asian film-makers vie to have their films entered to gain exposure in world markets.
Some internationally-recognised winners of the awards include: Chen Kaige, Park Kwang-Su, Tsai Ming-liang, Edward Yang.
Some notable Singaporean winners of the awards include: Eric Khoo, Kelvin Tong, Sandi Tan, Jack Neo and Royston Tan.