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Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore Overview

Whether you are a movie buff or not, the Singapore International Film Festival will ascertain that you remain glued to your seats owing to the choicest movies that are screened during this event. Being the largest and the longest-running film festival in the Lion City, this event draws in an enormous number of people who come here to watch the screenings of some of the most wonderful movies belonging to a variety of genres. Even though the Singapore International Film Festival screens international movies, its primary concentration is to provide a global platform for powerful, groundbreaking South-eastern Asian cinema by emerging artists. Over the decades, it has come a long way from a modest event to one of the most iconic events in the city which is graced by several internationally acclaimed film critics.

This prestigious event not only showcases but also nurtures the well-deserved local talents by providing an opportunity to the budding artists to spread their wings and reach the zenith of success. Organised by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd., this brilliant event also brings out the competitive spirits among the rising filmmakers by hosting the renowned Silver Screen Awards.

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The emergence of the Singapore International Film Festival

The Singapore International Film Festival was founded in 1987 by the joint efforts of L. Leland Whitney and Geoffrey Malone, and since then, there has been no looking back. With every passing year, this glamorous event has been gaining an even more significant spot in the Singapore Arts Calendar and drawing in more and more interested and diverse audiences towards it.

How is the Singapore International Film Festival celebrated?

The Singapore International Film Festival is all about promoting a more vibrant cinematic culture among people. It attends to and fosters local talents and helps people discover the joys of filmmaking. Several people have been driven to come up with new and unconventional films after being motivated by the reputed Singapore International Film Festival and the Silver Screen Awards. It has always worked as a stimulator to encourage people from every sphere to step out of their comfort zones and find their talents in the creative field of cinema. By providing a platform for exhibiting artistic dialogue and unique performances, the Singapore International Film Festival opens up an entire world of inspirational films to hundreds and thousands of movie lovers within the city and beyond.

In addition to many film screenings, this glorious festival also hosts "In Conversation With" sessions by bringing in well-known film practitioners and critics to motivate aspiring writers, directors and film critics to get rid of their jitters and follow their dreams. However, the SGIFF is not all about education and inspiration. It has managed to strike a perfect balance between fun and learning. A wide array of activities is arranged alongside the main event which is sure to make any film fanatic's dreams come true. The festival usually goes on for at least ten days or more, and screens over two hundred independent films for one and all. At present, the Singapore International Film Festival receives over a hundred thousand guests who come to be a part of this resplendent event.

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Highlight of the Singapore International Film Festival

One of the best parts about this spectacular Singapore Film Festival is that it screens certain movies which are yet to be released commercially in theatres. Hence, the demand for the tickets is huge. However, what really takes the cake is that apart from the action-packed, realistic performances on screen, the Red Carpet of the Singapore International Film Festival is graced by a bunch of renowned actors, cinematographers and writers. In the previous years, the SGIFF has witnessed celebrities like the renowned actor of Life of Pi Irrfan Khan, the remarkable cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the legendary director Shekhar Kapur, and the international sports icon and heartthrob of many, David Beckham.

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When does the Singapore International Film Festival take place?

The splendid Singapore International Film Festival is an annual festival which usually commences on the last week of November and goes on till the first few days of December. In 2017, this event began on the 23rd of November and went on till the 3rd of December. There is not a fixed timing for this festival. Different shows are screened at different timings, and so are the other activities. The official website, as well as the social media pages, post regular updates of the various activities and events once the full programme has been decided. Keep in touch with them to find out more.

Where is the Singapore International Film Festival Celebrated?

The venues of this gorgeous event keep changing every year. Previously, ArtScience Museum, National Museum of Singapore, and Marina Bay Sands, among others, have been chosen as the places to host the Singapore International Film Festival.  For 2018, the venue has not yet been decided.

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The Singapore International Film Festival is everything that a movie fanatic dreams of. Even if you are not a big fan of movies, the screening of the extraordinary, inspired movies are sure to enhance your interest and encourage you to take a longer peek at the world of cinema, and before you know it, you will be a part of the aspiring dreamers and the film enthusiasts around you.

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