The Singapore International Film Festival appoints new Programme Director


The organizers of the Singapore International Film Festival announced that they have appointed a new Programme Director.

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has appointed Taiwanese film curator, Kuo Ming-Jung, as its new Programme Director. Together with Yuni Hadi, the Executive Director, they will try lead the festival and continue its commitment towards an independent film ecosystem.

Hadi comment on this issue: “Southeast Asian cinema is poised to become an important player in the international film industry. Ming-Jung brings on board her passion for Asian cinema and in discovering new directors, which complements our current team and will allow us to shape the next chapter of SGIFF as we enter into our 30th edition. We would also like to thank Pimpaka for her contribution to the Festival and championing new developmental programmes with us, such as the Southeast Asian Producers Network, to bolster the regional film scene.”

Kuo Ming-Jung is a film curator that has spent much of her career in film festival management, programming and distribution. She worked from 2014 to 2018 as the Programme Director at the Taipei Film Festival. Kuo also served as Jury member in different festivals such as the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Locarno Film Festival.

“SGIFF is an anchor Festival in the region where the best and budding Southeast Asian talents gather to exchange ideas, deliberate and share their voice through cinematic works. I continue to be inspired by the community’s openness to collaborate, its camaraderie, and the beautiful stories told as a result of this unique spirit. I look forward to working closely with the SGIFF team to contribute and grow the ecosystem in my new role,” said Ming-Jung.

We remind readers that the 30th Singapore International Film Festival will take place from November 21st – December 1st (2019) in Singapore.

We also want to remind filmmakers that the festival is accepting feature & short films, Projects for their Southeast Asian Film Lab; and people for the Youth Jury & Critics Programme. The general Deadline is August 19th (2019). Here you can find more information about their call for entry. SEE CALL FOR ENTRY


About the SGIFF:
Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics; and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region. Committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent, its competition component, the Silver Screen Awards, brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends.

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