Have you heard of Royston Tan’s Ilo Ilo (2013), Boo Junfeng’s Sandcastle (2010), or Eric Khoo’s 12 Storeys (1997)? These locally made works are just some of the many Singaporean films that have been selected for Ivy League festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival, and Rotterdam International Film Festival, all of them receiving strong accolades.
Singapore is proving to be a fertile ground for great cinema, for our rich multicultural backdrop and colourful streets act as a kaleidoscope of sorts for the international community. On average, four to six films are produced a year (notable filmmakers are Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, and K. Rajagopal) as compared to one a year back in the 1990s. A key installation in Singapore’s film scene is the widely acclaimed Singapore International Film Festival—now in its 27th edition—which helps expose the profile of both local and regional filmmakers to the international audience.
Not into local films? Independent venues like The Substation along Armenian street and Golden Mile Tower’s The Projector regularly screen a variety of indie international and regional films that you won’t find in the usual Golden Village, Shaw and Cathay cinemas.
Ready to experience the beauty of film? We share with you the best of cinema in Singapore.