Starting 23 October pre-sales for this year’s edition of the Singapore International Film Festival will start, a festival which will celebrate its 30th edition. In case you are a SGIFFFriend, you will be able to buy tickets one day earlier.

On 22 October the festival will also reveal its full programme consisting of films, masterclasses and other events. You can find the all the information regarding tickets and the full program on the festival’s official website.

Along with the programme, the Southeast Asian Film Lab will also open its doors providing a “nurturing and collaborative space for Southeast Asian filmmakers who are embarking on their first feature-length film project.” This year’s mentors are Michel
Reilhac as well as mentors Lee Chatametikool and Teresa Kwong.
For more information on the Southeast Asian Film Lab, please click here.

Secondly, there is the Youth Jury & Critics Programme. “Led by Kong Rithdee, Deputy Director of the Thai Film Archive, this year’s Youth Jury and Critics Programme hopes to continue to be an important and powerful platform for young writers and filmmakers that want to contribute their voices to the film landscape in Singapore.
For more information on the Youth Jury & Critics Programme, please click here.

Additionally, SGIFF would like to provide a platform for producers within the Southeast Asian Producers Network in an effort to “promote regional cinema, bringing together producers from the region to share their wealth of knowledge with one another in an open exchange of ideas.
For more information on the Southeast Asian Producers Network, please click here.

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