ShoutOUT!: SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics and Southeast Asian Film Lab Call for Entries

As the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore, SGIFF will continue to nurture and champion local and regional talents in the art of filmmaking, and encouraging artistic dialogue and cultural exchanges. 2 programmes will return to the festival – the Youth Jury and Critics Programme and the Southeast Asian (sea) Film Lab.

The Youth Jury & Critics Programme seeks to nurture a new generation of critical writers on cinema from the region. Aspiring film critics will learn from established industry members on cinema from the region over weekly sessions.

Participants for this year’s edition will be educated on the historical and cultural significance of past and present Southeast Asian works, how film theory and close readings of films greatly benefit film writing for a wider audience, as well as different interviewing approaches. There will also be a live film journal created by participants on the Festival’s website. They can also vote on the Youth Jury Prize-winning film during SGIFF’s Silver Screen Awards.

Infact, they will be the very first to watch the works in competition for the Silver Screen Awards Southeast Asian Short Film Competition. The programme workshops will take place on Saturday each week from 31st October, as well as 28th and 29thNovember.

This year’s programme is organised in partnership with the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, and will be led by UK-based film academic and curator, May Adadol Ingawanij (Thailand).

The programme is open to post-secondary students based in Singapore and is expected to take in 12 to 15 participants. Applications are already open and they close on Friday, 21 August 2015, 6pm(GMT+8). 

Submit your application here.



Following a successful inaugural year in 2014, the SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab—a story development lab—returns in 2015. The 6-day film lab, from 30 November to 5 December 2015, champions the voice of young filmmakers, and aims to develop cross-cultural dialogue and meaningful collaboration that fosters a sense of community. Successful applicants will be working on their first feature films, and a ‘Most Promising Project Award’ will then be presented during SGIFF’s Silver Screen Awards.

This year’s Film Lab will be led by award-winning film producer Terence Chang (Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Red Cliff), with filmmakers Yong Mun Chee (Singapore) and Sherad Anthony Sanchez (Philippines) taking on mentor roles. They will share their filming experiences and bring on board various perspectives to push participants to reach their potential.  


The programme is open to first-time feature film screenwriters and writer/directors from Southeast Asia. Candidates must have made at least two short films that have screened at film festivals. 10 projects will be selected to participate.

Applications  are already open and they close on Friday, 21 August 2015, 6pm (GMT+8).  

Submit your application here.

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