SIFF moves & announces S’pore Film Awards
The Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced that its Secretariat Office will now be housed in The Substation for its future festival editions. The move would not only further enhance the partnership these two partners, but would also provide greater opportunities for collaboration.
Ms Wahyuni A. Hadi, Festival Director, SIFF commented, “The collaboration of two long-standing and respected arts & cultural organisations means greater things can happen.Ã‚ The SIFF plans to create a more dynamic environment for the Singapore film industry to thrive and being here allows us to hear the heartbeat of the film community because that is the forte of The Substation.Ã‚ Setting up our festival secretariat office at The Substation and expanding our partnership is a natural move for us because both our organisations play a large and important part in making the Singapore film community what it is today, especially during the time when there were less funding schemes and film events in the landscape. The Substation’s dedication to supporting an artist’s process is something very close to our heart as well.”
Based on the success of last year’s Filmmakers Network Party, the SIFF intends to use The Substation’s Gallery as a social activity hub and space that encourages dialogues and exchanges between local and international filmmakers and artists to meet and interact. This is more so during the 12-day festival period, allowing for business opportunities to spark for participants and partners alike.
The SIFF has also announced that its 22nd edition film festival will take place from the 14th to the 25th of April 2009. The festival will include an extensive programme of over 150 films, along with award winning, fresh blooded films in several sections including the long-running SIlver Screen Awards. Confirmation of the programme will be officially publicised in February 2009.
Finally, in an effort to give recognition to their achievements, the SIFF will be launching the Singapore Film Awards, in its Silver Screen Awards section, specially for films and filmmakers. This all-new Awards will consider all Singapore feature films made in 2008 and award excellence in the following 5 categories: Best Film; Best Director; Best Screenplay; Best Performance; and Best Cinematography.Ã‚ All Singapore filmmakers and producers with eligible feature films are encouraged to submit their films to the SIFF, with entries closing 20 December 2008.