The 27th annual Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is set to be held on November 27 until December 6, 2016 with more than 160 films from over 50 countries. Of these features, 16 are world premieres, 9 are international, and 18 are Asian premieres. SGIFF is a part of the annual Singapore Media Festival (SMF) and aims to showcase and celebrate the rich history and talent of independent film directors. This year’s event has special Q&A segments with Darren Aronofsky, director of the acclaimed American horror movie, “Black Swan,” and Hong Kong actor, Simon Yam.

Still from “Interchange”

The lineup of this festival will start out strong with the Asian premiere of, “Interchange,” a noir thriller by Dain Iskandar Said, one of the top Malaysian filmmakers. Other exciting entries in the schedule include: the film from Chinese director Li Hongqi’s, “Hooly Bible II,” “Walking Street,” by Lee Sang-Woo, staring Korean it-boy, Baek Sung-hyun, “The Woman Who Left” by Filipino director, Lav Diaz, the “Voyage of Terengganu” by Malaysian New Wave director, Amir Muhammad, and from the award-winning Vietnamese-French film director Tran Anh Hung, “Eternity.” The rest of the lineup can be found here!

Hung during the shooting of “Eternity”

The goal of the festival is always to shine a special light on the world of independent Asian cinema, and this year the festival is poised to do just that. Their schedule of showcasing the strongest film entries in the genre in their lineup, and through also hosting special talking events with several big names in the filmmaking industry, the SGIFF will hopefully once again bolstered the public image of Asian independent film and giving this art form a place to shine.