Annex A: 2023 SGIFF Film Submissions and Film Academy Programmes

Annex A- 2023 SGIFF Film Submissions and Film Academy Programmes


Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) welcomes Asian and Southeast Asian films to be part of its Official Selection and Competition section. The Festival will only consider films that are at least a Singapore premiere, have not been broadcast on TV nor made available on the Internet, or screened publicly in Singapore in any way prior to the Festival. In addition, films must not have premiered earlier than 1 November 2022.

Only Southeast Asian short films, Asian feature-length and mid-length films may be submitted for Festival consideration.

Films in competition will be previewed by an international jury and screened to the public throughout the Festival period, which culminates in the Silver Screen Awards ceremony. First introduced in 1991, the Silver Screen Awards was the first international competition with a specific Asian film category; thus charting the rise of Asian Cinema and recognising the talents of new and upcoming filmmakers, many of whom have become some of the most prominent filmmakers of our time.

All entries must be submitted by 6 August 2023, 6pm (GMT +8).

Early bird submissions from 11 May – 9 July 2023 will enjoy a submission fee waiver.

All submissions from 10 July to 6 August 2023 will have to pay a submission fee of USD$25.

For more information on the film submission, please visit:


The Southeast Asian Film Lab provides a nurturing and collaborative space for Southeast Asian filmmakers who are embarking on their first feature-length film project. During the Film Lab, participants will receive personal feedback from three mentors and hear from fellow filmmakers as they share their experiences and insight. The programme will end with the filmmakers pitching to a panel of industry experts. Two participants will be awarded the Most Promising Project and Fellowship Prize at the Silver Screen Awards.

Projects that have emerged from the Southeast Asian Film Lab have also thrived in other prestigious workshops and markets such as Busan’s Asian Project Market, Cannes’ L’Atelier, Locarno’s Open Doors, and TorinoFilmLab.

Previous Southeast Asian Film Lab Mentors include Soros SUKHUM (Thailand), Maggie LEE (Hong Kong, Japan), Vimukthi JAYASUNDARA (Sri Lanka), Terence CHANG (Hong Kong, USA), Anurag KASHYAP (India), Philip LEE (Hong Kong, USA), Yongyoot THONGKONGTOON (Thailand), Michel REIHAC (France), Shozo ICHIYAMA (Japan) and EDWIN (Indonesia).

All applications must be submitted by 6 August 2023, 6pm (GMT+8).

The Southeast Asian Film Lab is part of SGIFF Film Academy.

For more information on the Southeast Asian Film Lab, please visit:


A platform to deepen dialogue and discover opportunities for collaboration, the Asian Producers Network invites emerging producers from the region to share their wealth of knowledge and ideas with one another.

The week-long programme comprises closed-door roundtable discussions, masterclasses, case studies and individual meetings. Participants will address a range of pertinent topics relating to project development, content production in the region as well as support within the international film festival circuit and from funding bodies.

Previous years’ guest instructors include Pascal DIOT from Venice Production Bridge, Eddie BERTOZZI from Locarno Film Festival, Elise JALLADEAU from Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thomas ROSSO from Cannes Critics Week, Raymond PHATHANAVIRANGOON from SEAFIC, Jacob WONG from Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum, Sophie BOURDON from Locarno Open Doors, Lord David PUTTNAM (British Film Producer), IMDA and Film Development Council of the Philippines.

All applications must be submitted by 6 August 2023, 6pm (GMT+8).

The Asian Producer’s Network is part of SGIFF Film Academy.

For more information on the Asian Producer’s Network, please visit:


Open to youths in Singapore, the Youth Critics Programme provides mentorship and encourages critical writing in response to the festival programme. It aims to nurture a new generation of film writers who can contribute to Asian and Southeast Asian film discourse and learn from industry experts on what it means to think and write about cinema.

In an exciting departure from past editions, participants will collectively produce a post-festival publication, Atlas, that will be released online. One of the participants will receive the Youth Critic Award for their originality of writing and for contributing to cinematic discussions in the region.

Previous years’ mentors include film researcher and programmer Phoebe PUA (Singapore), film critic Kong RITHDEE (Thailand), film academic Dr. Victor FAN (UK), film academic and curator Dr. May Adadol INGAWANI (Thailand), filmmaker and critic Kevin B. LEE (Germany), film critic Chris FUJIWARA (Japan) and playwright, poet and writer Alfian Sa’at (Singapore). 

All applications must be submitted by 6 August 2023, 6pm (GMT+8).

The Youth Critics Programme is part of SGIFF Film Academy.

For more information on the Youth Critics Programme, please visit:


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