The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is wrapping up its exciting 27th year and recently announced the winners of its Silver Screen Awards.

Asian Feature Film Competition

Bagging the Best Film award in the feature category is Nepalese drama “White Sun” (Seto Surya). Directed by Deepak Rauniyar, “White Sun” is an exceptional portrait of post-civil war Nepal. It is an inspiring film that champions a better and more peaceful future for children.

Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo’s debut picture “Turahwas given Special Mention by the jury. Set in a small village struggling to survive, this Indonesian film is a poignant exploration of corruption and hypocrisy in society.

Bangladeshi feature “Live from Dhaka scored the Best Director award for Abdullah Mohammad Saad and Best Performance for Mostafa Monwar. Saad’s debut follows a partially handicapped man who wrestles between morality and self-preservation.


Southeast Asian Short Film Competition

Wregas Bhanuteja’s “In the Year of Monkey” (Prenjak) won Best Southeast Asian Short Film. The Indonesian film is a sharp yet sensitive story of a desperate woman who will do anything to get the money she needs. The risqué film also won the Leica Cine Discovery Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Anchorage Prohibitedreceived the Best Singapore Short Film. Directed by homegrown talent Wei Lang, the film shows the struggle of two migrant workers searching for employment.

The competition’s Best Director award goes to Singapore’s Liao Jiekai for his evocative dance-inspired film “The Mist”.

Bayu Prihantoro Filemon’s “On the Origin of Fear” was given Special Mention by the jury. The Indonesian film follows a performer who juggles the roles of both victim and aggressor in an existential exploration of humanity.


The Singapore International Film Festival runs until December 6, 2016.

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