The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has named three Singapore filmmakers to kick off the programming for its 2016 edition.
Longtime short film maker and contributor to anthology projects K. Rajagopal has his first feature A Yellow Bird (pictured, top) named in the SGIFF competition line-up, the Silver Screen Awards.
A Franco-Singaporean co-pro, redemption story A Yellow Bird had its world premiere at Cannes Critics’ Week in May.
Late director Abdul Nizam, who died in June, gets a 12-title tribute as part of the programme. A popular musician as well as filmmaker, Nizam studied filmmaking at Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 1995 with Zhang Wenjie, now SGIFF programme director.
The third filmmaker named is Gladys Ng, whose Ge yefan / My Father After Dinner won SGIFF’s short film competition last year. The festival commissioned a short film from Ng which will have its premiere at the festival opening.
The festival has previously announced two other titles. Malaysian director Dain Iskandar Said’s Interchange will open the festival. Midi Z’s The Road to Mandalay will have a special presentation, a week after the director is honoured at the Golden Horse Festival as Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year.
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.