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26th SGIFF draws over 12,000 festival-goers from Singapore, across the region

SINGAPORE, Dec. 7 — The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) concluded its 26th edition Sunday drawing over 12,000 festival-goers from Singapore and across the region.

The festival was held over an 11-day period, from November 26 to December 6.

Committed to celebrating independent cinema and telling Asia's story through movies, the longest-running international film platform in Southeast Asia showcased a total of 146 feature and short films from 51 countries this year.

Not only were its various post-screening talks and masterclasses with acclaimed filmmakers well-attended by festival-goers, the SGIFF also saw a total of 14 sold out screenings, of which five were local productions.

Sailing A Sinking Sea by Olivia Wyatt also emerged as the favorite feature film among festival-goers at this edition of the SGIFF in the inaugural Audience Choice Awards, in recognition of the growing desire by festival goers for greater involvement.

Over the past week, the SGIFF brought to town more than just films and through its programming provided all festival-goers a vibrant and immersive experience.

During the entire course of the Festival, an impressive line-up of internationally renowned personalities descended on our shores.

Stars such as Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, Dev Patel, Sonia Sui Tang and Choi Woo-Shik not only graced the Festival with their presence, some of them also conducted In Conversation dialogues sessions with the public.

Distinguished filmmakers and producers from around the world including Terence Chang, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Brillante Mendoza interacted with audiences through talks, masterclasses and provided mentorship at the Southeast Asian Film Lab.

Commenting on SGIFF, its executive director, Yuni Hadi, said, "SGIFF has always been a magical and inspiring experience for me, and our team constantly finds ways to excite, engage and grow our film community.

"We hope to continue building a platform that allows people to not just come to watch films, but to also expand their conversations and perspectives on film and filmmaking in Singapore and Asia.

Through this year's Festival, it is evident that pride and interest in independent cinema is growing, and that is what we hope to continue to encourage in the years to come."

SGIFF is an event of the Singapore Media Festival, hosted by Media Development Authority (Singapore).

Its Official Sponsors include Presenting Sponsor, Marina Bay Sands; Official Festival Time Partner, IWC Schaffhausen; Official TV, Fox International; Official Airline, Singapore Airlines; Official Technology Partner, Mocha Chai Laboratories and Official Art Magazine, Art Republik. (PNA/Bernama)

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