33rd Singapore International Film Festival – Awards 2022

These are the winners of the Singapore International Film Festival which took place from November 24 until December 4, 2022.

Asian Feature Film Competition
Best Film

Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak
Indonesia, France, Germany, Poland, Singapore, Philippines, Qatar | 2022 – 115 mins

The relationship between an authoritarian father figure and a diffident young man forms a gripping study of power relations. (SGIFF 2022)

Best Director

Laha Mebow for Gaga – Taiwan | 2022 – 111 minutes

A warm indigenous family drama that gently crests and falls, like the seasons of their misty, mountainous homelands. (SGIFF 2022)

Special Mention

Arnold is a Model Student by Sorayos Prapapan
Thailand, Singapore, France, Netherlands, Philippines | 2022 – 85 minutes

Borrowing from Thailand’s Bad Student movement, this irreverent comedy is at once satire, a coming-of-age story, and manifesto for a frustrated generation. (SGIFF 2022)

Best Performance

Zukhrara Sanzysbay for Convenience Store (dir. Michael Borodin)
Russia, Slovenia, Turkey | 2022 – 106 minutes

An undocumented migrant mother suffers violence and abuse working in a Russian convenience store in this harrowing expose of modern-day slavery. (SGIFF 2022)

Southeast Asian Short Film Competition

Best Short Film

Vania on Lima Street by Bayu Prihantoro Filemon – Indonesia | 2022 – 24 minutes

Young Vania faces her fears and finds courage in tumultuous times when she takes in an injured thief seeking refuge in her family’s traditional Chinese medicinal hall. (SGIFF 2022)

Best Director

Le Lam Vien for Fix Anything – Vietnam | 2022 – 14 minutes

A father ropes in his son for exploits using his DIY ‘memory eraser’ van in this sci-fi comedy on their one-night adventure. (SGIFF 2022)

Special Mention Award

Dikit by Gabriela Serrano – Philippines | 2022 – 16 minutes

A young woman with a monstrous secret desperately longs for a different body. When the new couple in town moves in next door, she sees her chance to finally get one. (SGIFF 2022)

Best Performance

Bopha Oul for Further and Further Away (di. Polen Ly) – Cambodia | 2022 -24 minutes

Before a young indigenous Bunong woman and her brother move to the capital, she visits their old village that has since been lost to the development of a hydroelectric dam. (SGIFF 2022)

Best Singapore Short Film

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Alvin Lee – Singapore | 2022 – 19 minutes

After a mix-up sends the wrong body to cremation, a darkly humorous series of events plays out between the undertaker and three siblings at their father’s wake. (SGIFF 2022)

Audience Choice Award

How to Save a Dead Friend by Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Sweden, Norway, France, Germany | 2022 – 103 minutes

A couple find solace in each other amid an alienating existence where hope at times feels out of reach as despair threatens to overwhelm. (SGIFF 2022)

Southeast Asian Film Lab

Most Promising Project
A Ballad of Long Hair by Giovanni Rustanto – Indonesia
At the peak of the militaristic tyranny in Indonesia, a long-haired teenage boy pushes the country to the edge of a revolution with his metal music. (SGIFF 2022)

Special Mention
Every Mall Burns The Same by Gladys Ng – Singapore
In this dark comedy, 44-year-old office worker Osmanthus spends every waking moment of her life wishing the mall she works at would burn down. (SGIFF 2022)

Fellowshop Prize

Please Bear With Me by Gabriela Serrano – Philippines
In a near-future Philippines where sleep and dreams are scarce, a middle-aged call centre agent is paid in ‘dream-time’. With that, she visits her deceased daughter and relives her glory days as a famous pop diva. (SGIFF 2022)

The Burning Land by Rein Maychaelson – Indonesia
Jakarta after the 1998 May riots, a time of uncertainty. A female photo developer’s world turns upside down when she receives a photo negative of her troubled son involved in a rape. (SGIFF 2022)

Youth Critic Award – Benjamin Yap Kee Siang
Outstanding Contribution to Southeast Asian Cinema Award – In-Docs (Indonesia)

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