26th Singapore International Film Festival Opening Gala

Yesterday was the beginning of the biggest film festival in town Singapore International Film Festival! Running from 26 November to 6 December 2015, SGIFF will be a star studded event with full of programmes for aspiring directors and film enthusiats alike.

Casting a prominent spotlight on Asian talent, the 26th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) rolled out the red carpet for its Gala Opening last night. Taiwanese actress and model Sonia Sui Tang, and Singapore’s Golden Horse - winning actress Yeo Yann Yann, were among the special guests who graced the Festival’s Gala Opening at Marina Bay Sands, setting a stunning stage for Asian independent cinema these ten days.

Inter-ethnic director-duo, Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekal Sumi, took to the red carpet with the cast of the Festival’s Opening Film Panay. They include Ado Kalitaing Pacidal, Bokeh Kosang, and Kaco Lekal. This was also the first trip out of Taiwan for the film’s two young aboriginal actors, Dongi Kacan and Rahic Gulas. The film’s soundtrack was recently awarded Best Original Film Song at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards – it was performed at the film’s after-party by singer, Suming.

A splash of colour and fun were also brought onto the red carpet by five members of Bugis Street Redux’s original ensemble, who made a special appearance last night ahead of the film’s 20th anniversary screening and cast reunion. Hiep Thi Le, Matthew Foo, Ernest Seah, and Maria J will be joined by Director Yonfan for the screening on 28 November.

Sui and Yeo, together with Taiwanese director Lee Chung will be in town tonight for the Festival’s Special Presentation of The Laundryman! Lee’s feature-length debut revolves around a hitman haunted by the ghosts of his victims, and also stars Joseph Chang Hsiao-Chuan and Wan Qian.

SGIFF aims to get even more personal with their audiences and take you beyond the silver screens to encounter the stories behind the stories. Over the next ten days, they look forward to delivering an immersive cinematic experience that will excite, invigorate, and inspire new generations of film-goers and lovers, growing the film community in Singapore and the region.

Tthe 26th edition of SGIFF will take place across various venues, including Marina Bay Sands, which returns this year as Presenting Sponsor. The other screening venues are National Museum of Singapore, Shaw Theatres Lido, National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, The Projector and The Substation.

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

See all of you at Marina Bay Sands tonight! Still thinking on what to wear for the red carpet later. I am literally out of fresh outfit! It's probably about time to go shopping...