Singapore – The 27th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) announced its winners of the Silver Screen Awards at Marina Bay Sands, wrapping up an exciting year for the region’s filmmakers. This year saw 14 awards being presented, with the crowd-favourites Asian Feature Film Competition and Southeast Asian Short Film Competition awarding nine of them.

 

White Sun (Seto Surya) by Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar emerged as the Best Film of the Asian Feature Film Competition. Turah, the debut feature film of Indonesian director Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo, was given Special Mention by the jury for Legowo’s “exposure of the corruption and hypocrisy inherent in our society through the microcosm of a small village, showing how the strong oppresses the weak, while never losing sight of the inherent humanity in all his characters”. Bangladeshi film Live from Dhaka also clinched the Best Director for Abdullah Mohammad Saad and Best Performance for cast Mostafa Monwar. This debut feature film by Saad tells the story of a partially handicapped man who lives his days in anguish as he tries to find a way to leave Dhaka.

 

The winners of the Asian Feature Film Competition were decided by a jury panel, headed by Naomi Kawase, one of the most respected and adroit filmmakers in contemporary Japanese cinema, and a Cannes Film Festival regular. White Sun will be re-screened at the National Museum of Singapore on the last day of SGIFF, together with the announcement of the winning film of the Audience Choice Award.