On a very busy weekend for awards ceremonies, the Singapore IFF presented its Silver Screen Awards, the city state’s second screen awards event of the week following Thursday’s Asian TV Awards.
A double award winner from its world premiere screenings in Venice, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Indian drama Court was again a winner in Singapore. Having taken the Luigi De Laurentiis and Horizons Awards in Venice, Court was named Best Film in the Asian Feature competition, with Tamhane being awarded the Best Director gong.
Outside the competition categories, Max Currie’s Everything We Loved played in the festival’s Cinema Today. The film was simultaneously in competition in Marrakech and a double winner at Friday night’s NZFA.In town to support the awards, Singaporean director Anthony Chen (Camera d’Or winner Ilo Ilo announced a new production company a day before the Silver Screen Awards. Giraffe Pictures will be a venture between himself and producer Huang Wenhong.
Among the slate announced were features by two of the Silver Screen award winners. Giraffe will produce debut feature Popeye from Kirsten Tan, whose Dahdi took the Best Southeast Asian Short Film gong. It will also produce the first feature of Tan Shijie, whose Not Working Today took the Best Singapore Short Film award. Shijie is also a contributor to the omnibus title Distance which goes into production next month and will be Giraffe’s first title.
Also on Giraffe’s slate is N.K. Rajagopal’s feature A Yellow Bird. Rajagopal was one of the seven filmmakers who’ll contribute to an omnibus feature to celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary in 2015.
SGIFF closed 14 December. The festival is part of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF). The SMF also includes the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore (SS) and the Asian Television Awards (ATA).
The Silver Screen Award winners were:
Asian Feature Film Categories
Court, Chaitanya Tamhane (India)
Chaitanya Tamhane, Court (India)
Sekar Sari, Siti (Indonesia)
Alive, Park Jung-bum (Korea)
Southeast Asian Short Film Categories
Best Southeast Asian Short Film
Dahdi (Granny), Kirsten Tan (Singapore)
Best Singapore Short Film
Not Working Today by Shijie Tan (Singapore)
Aditya Ahmad, On Stopping The Rain (Indonesia)
Vanishing Horizon Of The Sea, Chulayarnnon Siriphol (Thailand)
Youth Jury Award
May Dinadala by Giancarlo Abrahan
Most Promising Project
from the Southeast Asia Film Lab
Bradley Liew, Awit Ng Puntod (Malaysia)
The festival also conferred a tribute on the late Sir Run Run Shaw, founder of Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studio and TVB