It’s the news that movie buffs are waiting to hear for almost two years.
The Singapore International Film Festival will return for its 25th edition next year, after a two-year hiatus.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and The Arts announced the news during his opening speech at the Asia Television Forum (ATF) and Screen Singapore on Wednesday.
For more than 20 years, it (the festival) has been bringing international films to local film buffs. Following its two-year hiatus, we are working with its organisers to bring it back as ‘SGIFF’,” Dr Yaacob said.
The two-week-long event will be held in conjunction with the ATF, ScreenSingapore and the Asian Television Awards at the end of next year.
SGIFF will be facilitated by the Media Development Authority, and is expected to be one of the top film and television markets in Asia.
Arts manager Yuni Hadi, who also headed the festival in its previous editions will be appointed as festival director. She is also a co-producer of multi award-winning Singapore film, ‘Ilo Ilo’.
The film festival will also revive the Silver Screen Awards, which have been instrumental in launching the careers of some of Singapore's most notable filmmakers like Royston Tan, Eric Khoo and Kelvin Tong.
Dr Yaacob added: “SGIGG will give Asian filmmakers a chance to be recognised through the Silver Screen Awards; and for businesses, a large, seamless film and television market from which to cut deals and negotiate co-productions.”
Besides the Silver Screen Awards, a collection of 50 to 80 films of various genres, with a specific focus on South-east Asia, will be available for public screenings at Singapore cinemas, online, outdoors and at exhibitions.
“Through Singapore International Film Festival, this week of international content will also become a window to Southeast Asian films for the world. With their distinctive cultural backdrops, Southeast Asian films are undiscovered gems that will excite regional and international buyers,” the minister said.