6 December 2015

At The 26th SGIFF

One of the most rewarding experiences I had was the chance to catch this year’s 26th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). It was immensely enjoyable, a remarkable opportunity to recognise directors and hundreds of other individuals in the film industry as well as film enthusiasts, and inspiring to see the same faces walking into the cinema for days with groups of people standing outside the cinema having a debate about the film after it ends. The festival has created an amazing platform to showcase even renowned Singaporean filmmakers. Not only that, it is also a once in a lifetime chance to watch international films (legally) without them not being accessible and having to travel abroad.

Despite not being able to watch every film shown in the event, I reckoned that I did watch some good ones that I personally enjoyed such as How To Win At Checkers (Every Time), Cemetery of Splendour and That’s It. Not that I have only watched these three but that I feel that they tend to push boundaries in political and societal aspects, whether obvious or subtle. They also question the present society and our moral and spiritual qualities of and in the film.

As this was my first event, I felt that it was a vital kick-start to recognise people from the industry, know how a large event is being run and understand who and what are being recognised in contemporary film. More people should go for these in their own countries as it is a rare opportunity. In most cases, that is the only chance to watch it in a local theatre and hard to come by after it is gone.

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