26th Singapore International Film Festival – Meet and Greet with Singaporean Filmmakers

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has long been a key platform for local filmmakers to develop their craft and showcase their works to a regional and international audience. Often credited for launching the careers of many Singaporean filmmakers such as Eric Khoo, Meng Ong, Kelvin Tong, Wee Li Lin, Royston Tan and Boo Junfeng, the Festival remains committed to nurturing our next generation of filmmakers, and this year’s edition is no exception.

Join us as we cast a spotlight on our Singapore filmmakers taking to the big screens at the 26th SGIFF! The creative minds showcasing their works as part of the festival’s Singapore Panorama and Silver Screen sections this year include:

  • Ng Xi Jie, telling a heartfelt story of an enigmatic street busker in Singapore through her first feature, Singapore Minstrel;
  • Green Zeng, with a poignant account of the other side of Singapore’s history in The Return;
  • Eva Tang’s tribute to the spirit of Xinyao with her first feature-length documentary, The Songs We Sang;
  • Sanif Olek, presenting the world premiere of his second feature on , Voluptus;
  • Nicole Midori Woodford, whose short, For We Are Strangers is in competition for the Silver Screen Awards; and
  • Gladys Ng’s premiere of My Father After Dinner, a short inspired by her observations of her father’s culinary obsessions during her growing up years.

The filmmakers will be sharing more insights into their films and sharing about their experiences with the Festival and the Singapore cinema scene at a Meet-and Greet, organised by SGIFF. Details of the event are as follows:

Date:               Thursday 5 November 2015

Time:               11am (Media registration begins at 10.45am)

Venue:             Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film

155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977

Interviews with the filmmakers and the Festival team can be arranged for after the event as well. To RSVP, please contact Sarah-Marie Teo at / 6221 2681 or Cherell Soon at / 6221 3808.

More information on the filmmakers and their works


Singapore Minstrel
by Ng Xi Jie

Singapore Minstrel offers a preciously personal look at Roy Payamal, an enigmatic figure within the field of busking who has been practicing his art since the ‘80s with a ceaseless conviction amidst a generally apathetic society. The heartfelt and multi-dimensional documentary harbours an inclusive sensibility that illuminates a very real form of bohemia that exists on our streets.

About the filmmaker
Ng Xi Jie is a multi-disciplinary artist who works within the fields of performance, literary arts, illustration and cinema. She often performs as Pierrot, and has presented works at the Singapore Arts Festival (2011) and Singapore Night Festival (2013). Singapore Minstrel is her debut feature.


The Return
by Green Zeng

An ex-political detainee reflects on his past in this touching rumination of lost time and opportunities.

A fictional portrayal of life after incarceration for an ex-political detainee, The Return brings to life the silent fears and muted emotions after a trauma in the family.

About the filmmaker
Green Zeng is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker. He has directed many short films including Blackboard Whiteshoes and Passenger, both of which were major accomplishments in 2006. The Return is his first feature film, and was selected for competition at the 30th Venice International Film Critics’ Week this year. Together with June Chua, they run Mirtillo Films.


The Songs We Sang
by Eva Tang

The first feature-length documentary that reaches for the spirit of Xinyao, The Songs We Sang provides an in-depth look into the movement, capturing the climate of youthful optimism and the collective consciousness of a young generation who emerged with uniquely local Chinese-language songs about family and friendships in Singapore.

About the filmmaker
Eva Tang is formerly a journalist before she pursued her MA in Fiction Directing at The National Film & Television School (UK). Her short films have been shown worldwide at international film festivals including Venice and Rotterdam. She was also selected for Berlinale Talents, Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy and Torino FilmLab. The Songs We Sang is her first feature documentary. She is currently developing her debut feature film.


by Sanif Olek

An uninhibited portrayal of a broken heart that gets mended and subsequently finds its own otherworldly beating through newfound relationships.

Voluptas marks Sanif Olek’s return to the freeform, storytelling style that was apparent in his early short films.

About the filmmaker
Sanif Olek graduated with a Film and Media Studies Diploma from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Since he started filmmaking in 1996, Olek has won awards on multiple occasions for his work on television. Olek’s previous film Sayang Disayang (2013) was Singapore’s entry to the Oscars in 2014.


For We Are Strangers
by Nicole Midori Woodford

Aprison counsellor, Xuan, comes face-to-face with a past trauma embodied in the form of prison inmate, Adrien. The recognition between the imprisoned and the free turns on its head when Xuan picks him up after his release.

About the filmmaker
Nicole Midori Woodford is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Asian Film Academy of the Busan International Film Festival in 2010.


My Father After Dinner
by Gladys Ng

The preoccupations of modern life allow Ying to only come home late in the night, where dinner prepared by her father, awaits.

What builds up in My Father After Dinner is a portrait that magnifies in its minutiae of her father’s daily life, and the nuances of Asian familial love.

About the filmmaker
Gladys Ng graduated from the Film, Sound & Video course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and Victorian College of the Arts. Her previous short, Ying & Summer was nominated for Best Fiction, Best Director and two other awards at the Singapore Short Film Awards in 2013.

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