The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running ﬁlm event in Singapore.
Founded in 1987 by Geoffrey Malone and L. Leland Whitney, the Festival focuses on showcasing international films and providing a global platform for the best of Singapore cinema.
Over the decades, it has grown to become an iconic date in the Singapore arts calendar. With its focus on groundbreaking Asian cinema, this prestigious event is known for its dynamic programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture.
Always at the forefront of independent filmmaking, SGIFF continues to be a platform for both established and aspiring filmmakers to showcase their films to an audience of local and international film buffs.
The Silver Screen Awards was first introduced in 1991 with the categories for Best Asian Feature Film and Best Singapore Short Film at the 4th Singapore International Film Festival, and Singapore became the first international film festival to have a specific Asian film competition. The Silver Screen Awards was launched with the aim of creating awareness of the rich filmmaking talents throughout Asia and to pave the way for a Singapore film industry.
Over the years, the Silver Screen Awards launched the careers of many Singaporean filmmakers such as Eric Khoo, Meng Ong, Kelvin Tong, Wee Li Lin, Royston Tan and Boo Junfeng. This year, for the 25th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival, the competitive category for Singapore Short Film is expanded to Southeast Asian Short Film to recognise the brightest short filmmaking talents from both Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia.