Your Guide To The Film Festivals To Catch In Singapore Anything Goes

Take your movie-going experience up a notch with these highly-acclaimed events. By Sharifah Nursyafiqah

It is the season of festivals again – film festivals, that is! We have a slew of amazing international film festivals heading to Singapore in the coming months, featuring the works of talented filmmakers from Singapore and abroad. Here’s your guide to the film events you cannot miss!


1. Japanese Film Festival (Singapore) 2015

The 22nd edition of this annual film festival is dedicated to bringing the best of Japanese cinema to our shores. Organised by the Japan Creative Centre, in collaboration with the Singapore Film Society, the Japan Foundation and the National Museum of Singapore, this year’s festival features 45 screenings in two locations – Gallery Theatre in the National Museum of Singapore and The Projector. The theme of this year’s festival is a retrospective of films by the late Okamoto Kihachi, the director behind classics such as Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo, Kill!, Judo Saga, and Samurai Assassin.

The Japanese Film Festival 2015 is held from 9 July to 30 August 2015. Tickets are priced at $13. Visit the event website for information on the festival sessions and ticket bookings.


2. Machik Tibet Film Festival 


Machik is a non-profit organisation in Tibet that works to incubate social innovation in the country. This event will be its first-ever film festival in Singapore, and it looks set to be awe-inspiring! Inspired by the creativity and tenacity of Tibetan storytellers, this unique film festival is set to connect global audiences with contemporary Tibet, and its dynamic culture and people. Machik Film Festival will be holding free screenings of four films over the two-day event – Valley of The Heroes, The Sacred Arrow, A Gesar Bard’s Tale, and Summer Pasture.

Machik Film Festival is held at The Projector from 29 to 30 August 2015. Admission is free, and prior registration is required on their website.


3. Films At The Fort 2015


Image source: Films At The Fort

Break out your wine bottles and picnic mats for this premier open-air cinema experience! Some of the films to look out for at Films At The Fort include the highly acclaimed thriller CitizenFour, Shawshank Redemption, and classic 70s film Rocky. There will also be a scrumptious array of food prepared by The Providore that you can purchase onsite, as well as a fully stocked bar with a slew of beverages on sale. Perfect for a date night out, or a laid-back evening with friends!

Films At The Fort 2015 takes place from 14 to 23 August 2015 at Fort Canning Park. Tickets are priced at $27.80 and are available for pre-purchase here.


4. A Design Film Festival Singapore 2015

When a festival has travelled to over 10 cities globally, including Taipei, Berlin, and Portland, you know it brings something special to the table. Dedicated to design, this film festival is a curated collection of films on design and its subcultures, including architecture, fashion design, product design, photography, contemporary art, and much more. However,  these films are much more than beautiful aesthetics. Films screened include Dior and I, a stunning documentary bringing you behind the scenes of fashion house Christian Dior, as well as The Salt of The Earth, a nominee for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

A Design Film Festival takes place on 5 to 13 September 2015, at Capitol Theatre and Shaw Theatres Lido. Tickets are priced at $18, and are available for booking here.


5. Singapore Myanmar Film Festival

Organised by the Singapore Myanmar Exchange, this year is the second edition of a festival that aims to draw attention to quality film art and encourage development of the film industry between Singapore and Myanmar in particular. The festival will showcase the five best submissions of this year’s Singapore Myanmar Film Festival competition, as submitted by filmmakers of Singapore or Myanmar origin from around the world. After the full-day screening of all five works,  members of the audience will vote for the overall winning film. Additionally, free filmmaking workshops will also be held by film lecturer Adam Alexander, Gabrielle Kelly (Associate Professor of Film in Tisch Asia) and Scott Craig (Managing Director of award-winning Filmlight Ltd.) from 6 to 7 November.

Singapore Myanmar Film Festival takes place on 8 November 2015. For more information on workshops and film screenings, visit the festival site here.


6. Singapore International Film Festival 2015

SGIFF Full (high-res)

The 26th edition of the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore promises to be bigger and better than ever. Last year, the iconic festival unveiled 147 movies from 50 countries. Submissions for the Silver Screen Awards 2015 are still open from now to 21 August, for the Asian Feature Film Category and Southeast Asian Short Film Category. Additionally, the Southeast Asian Film Lab – a story development lab – returns for its second year, headed by award-winning film producer Terence Chang (Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Red Cliff) together with Southeast Asian filmmakers Yong Mun Chee (Singapore) and Sherad Anthony Sanchez (Philippines) as mentors. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see what talented independent filmmakers have to offer this year.

Singapore International Film Festival 2015 takes place from 26 November to 6 December 2015. For more information, visit their official site here.

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