Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (Sg.SAIFF) is devoted to a greater appreciation of South Asian cinema and culture. The festival seeks to support emerging filmmakers, open a fertile space for dialogue and collaborations within the industry, and most significantly share with the audience of Singapore the diverse and complex experiences of South Asia through the intimate storytelling medium of cinema.
Sg. SAIFF is founded by the core team of ‘Muvizz’, a Video on Demand(VOD) platform, with the impetus to effectively channel the expansion of South Asian cinema beyond the subcontinent and engage with a wider spectrum of audience. Singapore with its sizable population of South Asian descent, is a natural choice for this purpose. Supported by the Singapore Indian High Commission(IHC), and Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore, the festival is a landmark initiative to serve as a cultural gateway between the global city of Singapore and the developing nations of South Asia.
Singapore, being the gateway of Asia, only enhances the potential of the festival to emerge as the melting pot of diverse cultures using cinema as a medium. The festival will be held from 28th Sep to 7th October 2018 at various venues.
Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (Sg.Saiff) showcases a combination of feature films, short films and documentaries under two sections - Competition (wherein titles from South Asia will compete for an award) and Non-Competition (Showcase) (wherein the best of South East Asian cinema will be screened).
Additionally, the festival will also offer a unique opportunity to learn about acting, filmmaking and screenwriting along with knowledge sessions like panel discussions, master classes and other business networking sessions. The festival will conclude with a cultural program including some exciting stage performances, awards and music.
The festival serves as a unique opportunity for a cultural interaction between two major geographical regions- South Asia and Singapore.
With its eclectic mix of events, Sg.SAIFF hopes to provide an entertaining, immersive as well as enriching environment to enable a new vibrant film community to develop in Singapore.