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SGIFF gets Tickled

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has rolled out its complete line-up, with David Farrier & Dylan Reeve’s doco Tickled the sole selection from NZ. Still in cinemas here, Tickled has taken over $200,000 as it heads towards video release on 1 December.

All up the SGIFF has announced 161 titles from 52 countries, playing in 13 sections. Aussie director Rosemary Myers’ quirky comedy Girl Asleep is also named in the line-up.

The festival has previously announced a small number of titles. The local selections run to about 10% of the programme, including a retrospective of the work of Abdul Nizam Khan, who died earlier this year. K Rajagopal’s Cannes-premiered A Yellow Bird plays in the feature competition, for which the jury is led by Cannes regular and Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase.

SGIFF has a strong focus on ASEAN region titles, and runs a short film competition and lab for filmmakers from that region. Among the ASEAN features playing this year’s SGIFF are Laotian Mattie Do’s Laotian Dearest Sister, recently awarded at Sitges, and Ham Tran’s Vietnamese Bitcoin Heist.

The Singapore International Film Festival runs 23 November – 4 December, part of the Singapore Media Festival which also includes the the Asian TV Awards (ATA), Asia Television Forum & Market (ATF), and film conference and market ScreenSingapore.

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