The ULTIMATE List Of Film Festivals In Singapore For A Break From Hollywood Flicks

01 December 2016

Cinephiles rejoice!

Love watching movies from different countries in different languages? Want to know more about a topic by watching a film?

You’re in luck because there’s a whole host of awesome film festivals in Singapore for you to enjoy, based on specific countries, regions and themes.

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Singapore International Film Festival

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It’s the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore that focuses on showcasing international films as well as the best of Singapore cinema, and it is THE festival to look out for. With more than 100 films available, I always get a little giddy with excitement when it comes to choosing which films to watch. 

Happening now until December 4, 2016
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Perspectives Film Festival

This student run film festival screens uncut films and each year, the films explore breakthroughs in cinema through different themes such as sexuality (2012), displacement (2014), transitions (2015), and surrealism (2016).

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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World International Film Festival 

Focusing on showcasing the spirit, passion, and skill of the best new filmmakers from around the world, this festival is a global industry event held around the year in the world’s biggest cities.

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017  
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By Theme

Cana Film Festival 

Conceived as a platform for documentaries, shorts, and independent feature films focusing on Catholic Social Teachings, the festival took place over three main venues in 2016. 

You can still catch the screening of Poverty, Inc. at this festival on January 7, 2016

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Singapore International Children’s Film Festival

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Here’s something fun for the kiddos! Enjoy a selection of films that engage, enrich, and inspire children aged two to 18 years old. There’s also a filmmaking competition for those between five and 16.

Keep a look out for the festival in April 2017 
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Freedom Film Fest

Malaysia’s annual human rights film festival extends itself to our island with free screenings of socially relevant films and documentaries that highlight underrepresented human rights and public interest issues. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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A Design Film Festival (DFF) 

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Dedicated solely to design, the festival curates and screens films on architecture, fashion, photography, street art, motion graphics, technology, and the subcultures of design. We also love their fun and creative ticket stubs (pictured)! 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Buddhist Film Festival 

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Get ready for some thought-provoking films that reflect the cultural, social, and religious aspects of Buddhism. In 2016, there were 17 films from nine countries, most of which were screened in Singapore for the first time. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2018 
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Singapore Eco Film Festival 

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Eco-warriors in Singapore should not miss this event, which aims to raise awareness and ignite a passion for protecting the environment. The free film screenings are accompanied by music performances, panel discussions, and activities for kids.

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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FoodCine.ma 

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Of course Singapore has a film festival on food. Besides feature-length and short films, there are also satellite screenings that are paired with film-inspired menus, and exhibitions on food culture.

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Animation Nation 

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Showcasing international animated works and shining a spotlight on Singapore animation, you will love the range of independent animation features and short films at this festival. P.S. It returned in 2016 after a five-year hiatus. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Love & Pride Film Festival

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Organised by Golden Village and curated by the Singapore Film Society, this festival features a slate of award-winning titles from around the world centering on LGBT themes. All films are rated R21. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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By Country/Language

Singapore Palestinian Film Festival 

Aiming to break common stereotypes that surround the lives of Palestinians living in the Palestinian territories of the Middle East, this festival reflects the ever-changing diversity of the state.  

If you would like to support the film festival through crowd-funding, click here

January 21 and 22, 2017
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French Film Festival 

Indulge in the diversity and creativity of French cinema with a wide spectrum of genres ranging from drama, thrillers, documentary, romance, and fantasy. A highly anticipated event for all Francophiles in Singapore, for sure. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Japanese Film Festival

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Catch the best of the latest flicks from Japan at this annual affair. We love their free admission programmes where tickets are distributed for free on a first-come, first-served basis 40 minutes before the screening session. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Israel Film Festival 

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Launched in 1992, the festival is a celebration of Israeli culture and aims to provide a diverse reflection of Israel through compelling storytelling and cinematography. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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German Film Festival

Get a unique insight into the film world of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and see for yourself how German-speaking cinema has become more international and diverse. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Enjoy a slew of independent Chinese language movies that capture and critique socio-political issues, and offer emotional and intellectual depth. These include award winning films, as well as offbeat films.

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Mexican Film Festival

Watch movies in various genres (history, drama, thriller, comedy, and more) by contemporary Mexican directors who have made their mark in Mexico’s film industry. Get your free tickets to each movie 30 minutes before each screening.

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Italian Film Festival 

This annual event brings a unique selection of Italian Cinema, offering something for everyone. These films participated in the Venice Film Festival and other major international festivals every year, as well as timeless Italian classics. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Venezuelan Film Festival 

Get acquainted with one of Latin America’s most vibrant film industries and enjoy internationally awarded Venezuelan films from various genres (such as horror, drama, history, and comedy) at The Arts House for free. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Korean Film Festival in Singapore 

If you love Korean pop culture and have always wanted to see your favourite Korean stars on the big screen, this is your chance! This year, eight exciting movies were part of this festival held at Bugis+. 

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017
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By Region

European Union Film Festival (EUFF)

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For 26 years, this festival has been bringing new and successful movies that show Europe’s diversity, creativity and spirit representing the continent’s common cultural heritage. The 2016 edition was its largest line-up with about 30 films.

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Keppel Latin American Film Festival

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Since 2012, Singapore has enjoyed a yearly showcase of movies from Latin American countries, thanks to this festival. Ten movies from Panama, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, and the US were selected this year.

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
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Middle East Film Festival

Celebrate the region’s diversity and strengths with a wide range of movies spanning across different parts of the Middle East. The inaugural event this year saw four interesting movies being screened at The Projector.  

Keep a look out for the festival in 2017 
Website

For more updates on film appreciation in Singapore, check out the Singapore Film Society.

 

By Muneerah Bee, December 2016

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