It was a celebration of Asian cinema and the recognition of a new wave of regional independent filmmakers as the 28th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) announced the recipients of its Silver Screen Awards at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre.
This year saw 14 awards being presented, with the two most anticipated sections, Asian Feature Film Competition and Southeast Asian Short Film Competition, awarding nine of them.
Asian Feature Film Competition
Disappearance (Napadid Shodan) by Ali Asgari emerged as the Best Film under the Asian Feature Film Competition segment, which saw it competing with seven other shortlisted feature films. Actress Sadaf Asgari also collected the Best Performance award for her role as Sara in the film.
Asgari’s suspenseful debut feature tells the story of two young lovers who run from hospital to hospital to seek medical aid, only to discover the meaning of bureaucratic terror and the implications of this unfortunate mishap as they drive through the night to solve their predicament.
Thai filmmaker, Anucha Boonyawatana, earned herself the title of Best Director for her film, Malila: The Farewell Flower, which delves into the mysteries of love and spiritual redemption.
Scaffolding (Pigumim) by Israeli writer-director, Matan Yair, which illustrates the story of an impulsive teenager who finds his future torn between two paths in life, was given the Special Mention of the evening.
Southeast Asian Short Film Competition
For the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition, Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month by Filipino filmmaker, Carlo Francisco Manatad, was awarded the Best Southeast Asian Short Film out of the 15 shortlisted titles.
Sorayos Prapapan took home the accolade for Best Director for his film, Death of the Sound Man (Awasarn Sound Man), which illustrates the story of two sound recordists working hard on the sound mix of a film, only to realise that the audience does not pay attention to the sound in film.
Singaporean artist, Tan Wei Keong’s film, Between Us Two, stood out among the three Singaporean stories and clinched the Best Singapore Short Film. Indonesian filmmaker, Makbul Mubarak’s short film, The Malediction, was given the Special Mention by the jury.