ShoutOUT! SGIFF Appoints New Executive Director, Announces Key Structural Change

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has appointed veteran arts manager Emily Hoe as the new Executive Director. Hoe takes over from Yuni Hadi and will focus on strengthening the organisational structure, governance and growth of the institution and further develop the strategies and vision of the festival. This year marks the 31st edition of SGIFF, slated to happen between 26th November and 6th December 2020, and the appointment aims to make the Festival more responsive to the challenges facing festivals in the rapidly evolving media landscape, while maintaining its commitment to the growth of the independent film ecosystem in Southeast Asia.

“SGIFF is a loved part of the Singapore arts scene and it is a privilege to continue my career in the arts with the festival as Executive Director.” says Hoe. "I am very much looking forward to working with Ming-Jung and the team, ensuring that we are collectively striving towards clear objectives that uphold the vision and values of the festival. The audience, sponsors, partners, donors and supporters are as instrumental to the festival as the programmes and filmmakers. Partnerships and collaborations are going to be more important in building growth, locally, regionally and internationally, and alternative screening platforms could also be key to growth in audiences as well.”

On her own specific role, she adds, “My hope for the festival is to continue to solidify its position within the region and beyond, to champion the amazing work and talent that is being created and developed in Asia, and to bring the audience on a journey of discovery through shared experiences, deeper engagement and conversation. Nurturing and supporting filmmakers has also been a key part of the festival’s work and will continue to be so, and a year-round programme will be developed further. I would like to see the festival growing in stature on all fronts, and I will lead the strategy on this in collaboration with the team and the Board.”

Hoe was previously Head of Partnerships with the Esplanade, Singapore's national performing arts centre, and her role encompassed working closely with various government agencies, diplomatic missions, cultural institutions, corporates, donors, and other arts centres. She also led the fundraising for a new waterfront theatre which will be operational in 2021. Prior to this, she was a Head of Programme Management, with a portfolio that included theatre, dance and partnerships of the company's programmes. Before this, Hoe was the General Manager of The Substation, Singapore's first independent arts centre. She takes over from the previous Executive Director, Yuni Hadi, who has been with the festival since 2014, helming the fabled re-launch of the Festival alongside subsequent editions up until the 30th.

Hoe will work closely with Kuo Ming-Jung who leads the artistic team. Ming-Jung was appointed Programme Director of the festival in May 2019 and has since been re-designated as the Artistic Director. Previously a consultant to the festival from 2017 to 2018, Ming-Jung was the Programme Director of the Taipei Film Festival before joining SGIFF full-time.

Call for Entries for Festival film submissions, Southeast Asian Film Lab and Youth Jury and Critics Programme will be opened later in April.
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