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The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) (Chinese: 新加坡国际电影节) is the longest-running film festival in Singapore. Founded in 1987, the festival has a focus on showcasing international films and providing a global platform for the best of Singapore and Southeast Asian cinema. Over the decades, it has grown to become an important event in the Singapore arts calendar.[1][2]


Originally launched to give local audiences an opportunity to watch independent and non-commercial films, the festival is now recognized worldwide by film critics for its focus on Asian filmmakers and promotion of Southeast Asian films.

SGIFF is committed to nurturing and championing homegrown talents, and to new discoveries in the art of filmmaking. Its festivities bring to this city a vibrant film culture and a deeper appreciation of its cinematic cultural life. The event serves as a catalyst to arouse the widest public interest in the arts, encouraging artistic dialogue and creative discovery. SGIFF is devoted to giving thousands of film lovers around the region direct access to the world’s most inspired films.

Featuring overseas and local artists in an eclectic array of world and Asian cinema, the event aims to open up new perspectives, make new connections and reach out to over 100,000 participants over an 11-day period. Audiences will enjoy a plethora of activities including film screenings, master classes, fringe events, discussions and awards ceremonies. The possibilities for creative interaction and the resulting exceptional synergies between the film market and other disciplines defines the Singapore International Film Festival.

Edition Year Opening film Closing film Template:Abbr
1st 1987 The Name of the Rose
by Jean-Jacques Annaud
The Mission
by Roland Joffé
2nd 1989 The Glass Menagerie
by Paul Newman
by Tony Palmer
3rd 1990 The Children
by Tony Palmer
Blue Steel
by Kathryn Bigelow
4th 1991 Cyrano de Bergerac
by Jean-Paul Rappeneau
by Akira Kurosawa
5th 1992 Raise the Red Lantern
by Zhang Yimou
A Brighter Summer Day
by Edward Yang
6th 1993 The Trial
by David Jones
Strictly Ballroom
by Baz Luhrmann
7th 1994 The Blue Kite
by Tian Zhuangzhuang
The Scent of Green Papaya
by Tran Anh Hung
8th 1995 The Red Lotus Society
by Stan Lai
by Hal Hartley
9th 1996 The Confessional
by Robert Lepage
by Kōji Morimoto,
Tensai Okamura
and Katsuhiro Otomo
10th 1997 Gabbeh
by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Breaking the Waves
by Lars von Trier
11th 1998 Hana-bi
by Takeshi Kitano
Happy Together
by Wong Kar-wai
12th 1999 Ordinary Heroes
by Ann Hui
The Hole
by Tsai Ming-liang
13th 2000 Monday
by Sabu
The Wind Will Carry Us
by Abbas Kiarostami
14th 2001 Yi Yi
by Edward Yang
by Shinji Aoyama
15th 2002 Kandahar
by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
What Time Is It There?
by Tsai Ming-liang
16th 2003 Chi-hwa-seon
by Im Kwon-taek
Divine Intervention
by Elia Suleiman
17th 2004 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
by Kim Ki-duk
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
by Tsai Ming-liang
18th 2005 Steamboy
by Katsuhiro Otomo
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
by Mamoru Oshii
19th 2006 Dunia
by Jocelyne Saab
by Royston Tan
20th 2007 Sankara
by Prasanna Jayakody
Opera Jawa
by Garin Nugroho
21st 2008 The Princess of Nebraska
by Wayne Wang
Road to Dawn
by Derek Chiu
22nd 2009 Sincerely Yours
by Rich Lee
by Semih Kaplanoğlu
23rd 2010 Mao's Last Dancer
by Bruce Beresford
Dear Doctor
by Miwa Nishikawa
24th 2011 Red Light Revolution
by Sam Voutas
by Asif Kapadia
25th 2014 Unlucky Plaza
by Ken Kwek
In the Absence of the Sun
by Lucky Kuswandi
26th 2015 Panay
by Cheng Yu-chieh
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27th 2016 Interchange
by Dain Iskandar Said
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28th 2017 Angels Wear White
by Vivian Qu
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29th 2018 Cities of Last Things
by Ho Wi Ding
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Main article: List of Singapore International Film Festival awards

The Singapore International Film Festival is credited for the discovery and promotion of the most renowned Singaporean filmmakers who are recognized globally today. Introduced in 1991, the Silver Screen Awards is an annual event that celebrates excellence in Singapore and Asian cinema.

The Silver Screen Awards features the Asian Feature Film Competition which awards the Best Film, Best Director, Best Performance, Best Cinematography and the NETPAC Award for the Critic's Prize.


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