Malaysian filmmaker Bradley Liew was recipient of the award last year with his film project Awit Ng Puntod and said, “SGIFF’s film lab was a fantastic opportunity to get feedback and needed advice in 2 order for my film to evolve.”

The film is slated to shoot at the end of the year. For 2015, 10 participants are expected to be selected for the Lab, and will compete for the Most Promising Project (cash prize of S$5,000) presented by high-flying Singapore director, Anthony Chen’s film company, Giraffe Pictures.

“SGIFFʼs SEA Film Lab champions the voice of young filmmakers, and aims to develop cross-cultural dialogue and meaningful collaboration that foster a sense of community. A strong Southeast Asian network is needed for successful partnerships and co-productions, and SGIFFʼs Lab plays that role as a connector,” said Yuni Hadi, SGIFF’s Executive Director.

SGIFF’s Youth Jury & Critics Programme seeks to nurture a new generation of critical writers on cinema from the region. The workshop will take place on Saturday each week from 31st October, as well as 28th and 29th November. Participants 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. The Programme will culminate in a live film journal created by the participants on the festival’s website, Youth Jury Coverage, extensively covering the works in competition in the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition. Finally, the Youth Jury will vote on the Youth Jury Prize-winning film during the Silver Screen Awards. It is open to post-secondary students based in Singapore and the programme is expected to take in 12 to 15 participants. This year’s Youth Jury & Critics Programme will be led by UK-based film academic and curator, May Adadol Ingawanij (Thailand).

“Critical thinking and writing about cinema had always played an important role in its development. Southeast Asian cinema experienced rapid growth in the recent years and it is crucial to document, examine and chart its progress. We started the Youth Jury & Critics Programme last year to nurture and encourage young writers from Singapore to discuss, think and write about the cinema of our region, and it had been absolutely inspiring to hear their voices. And this year, we can’t wait to meet the new cohort and to discover the stories they will tell us,” said Zhang Wenjie, SGIFF’s Festival Director.

Both the Southeast Asian Film Lab and the Youth Jury & Critics Programme were first launched in 2014.