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More to look forward to: Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 rolls out full line-up for film screenings, additional shows and workshops

  • SIFA unveils full line-up for Singular Screens, which sees ten more new films this year
  • An additional show will be added for the now sold-out Frogman
  • The festival will include four new programmes, one of which is a training workshop featuring the Suzuki Method, a world-renowned method of actor training developed by internationally-acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki

SINGAPORE, 10 April 2019 - Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA 2019) unveils a stellar line-up of 23 cinematic works for Singular Screens, the Festival’s international selection of exceptional new films celebrating independent voices across the world. Continuing to promote accessibility to diverse audiences, SIFA also announces an extended Festival programming, including an additional show for the sold-out hit Frogman and an engaging workshop showcasing internationally-acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki’s unique actor training method, the Suzuki Method. There will also be three additional talks and a screening of a documentary about Shiro Takatani, one of the founders of experimental company Dumb Type.

“We are immensely excited to be able to work together again with like-minded partners to present award-winning works that push the boundaries of traditional cinematography,” said SIFA Festival Director, Gaurav Kripalani. “With new locations, new programmes and films, SIFA 2019 will provide more accessible touch-points for audiences.”


Specially curated by the Asian Film Archive (AFA), Singular Screens this year will feature five Singapore premieres, 14 Southeast Asian premieres and four Asian premieres. The international programme presents an array of works that draw from different cultures and social contexts, all of which seek to inspire audiences to expand their imagination about people, life, art and cinema.

Opening Singular Screens on 18 May is Demons, a Singaporean production directed by filmmaker Daniel Hui whose award-winning works have been making waves at film festivals in Rotterdam, Hawaii, Manila, Seoul, Bangkok, and Vladivostok. Following the story of an aspiring actress, Vicki, who lands her dream role in a new theatre production, Demons is a wicked, satirical horror film that explores the human psyche and interpersonal relationships, while exposing the power structures underlying artistic practices.

Directed by João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora, The Dead and the Others tells the story of a Brazilian teen who attempts to escape his spiritual fate and struggles between staying true to ancient traditions and conforming to the modern world. Born out of the real-life experience of the two filmmakers who spent nine months living with the Krahô people in Pedra Branca, a village in northern Brazil, the film was awarded the Jury Prize at Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2018.

Winning five awards in renowned international film festivals, director Malene Choi’s feature debut, The Return, will also be showcased at SIFA 2019. Inspired by Malene Choi’s own Korean-Danish roots and stories of fellow adoptees in Seoul, The Return is a reflective and personal account of the impact that international adoption has on the lives of children.

Festival go-ers can look forward to screenings at various locations, including the Screening Room at the Festival House. SIFA 2019 will also mark the first film screening at the newly opened Oldham Theatre, AFA's first-ever resident cinema situated at the National Archives of Singapore.


On the back of overwhelming demand, Frogman, hailed as a “360 degree heightening of the senses”, will have an additional show on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 5pm. A thrilling murder mystery by critically-acclaimed UK company curious directive, Frogman breaks out of the traditional mould of storytelling and leads theatre-goers into an immersive digital experience, integrating live theatre and virtual reality.


Audiences can also look forward to greater interaction with artists, as well as an insider look into their artistic journey and works through the four new programmes added to this year’s line-up:

Energy, breath, balance and voice come together at the Suzuki Method of Actor Training Workshop as Kameron Steele, actor, assistant director, teacher and translator at the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), takes participants through the Suzuki Method, a world-renowned method of actor training developed by internationally-acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki

Dutch actor Thomas Dudkiewicz shares his experience working as an artist in a collective – the challenges, rewards and principles of their work ethos – in Hierarchy-free Work Ethic: What it means to be a collective.

Trace the evolution of Japanese artist Shiro Takatani’s artistic journey and see his works come to life in Shiro Takatani between Nature and Technology, a film conceived by award-winning Italian director Giulio Boato.

Locally based artists Edith Podesta, Soultari Amin Farid and Susan Sentler will share diverse viewpoints on what is the definition of dance in a panel BUT… is it Dance? moderated by Melissa Quek.

For full details of the additional programmes and the film line-up for SIFA Singular Screens, please refer to the Annexes below. Ratings for all films to be advised. Tickets for the films and Frogman go on sale on Friday, 12 April 2019 at sifa.sg and at all SISTIC authorised agents.


Singular Screens
Ticket: $12 per film
Bundle of 3 different films: $30

Suzuki Method of Actor Training Workshop
Ticket: $20


About Singular Screens

The film programme for SIFA 2019, curated by the Asian Film Archive, features an international selection of exceptional new works celebrating independent and singular visions from Singapore and across the world. Valuing the ingenious and the risk-taking in cinema, Singular Screens hopes not only to be diverse in representation but bold in putting together its palette of cinematic adventures.

Screenings will be held at Festival House’s Screening Room and at the newly opened Oldham Theatre, located at the revamped National Archives of Singapore Building.

About Asian Film Archive

Founded in 2005 as a non-profit organisation, the Asian Film Archive aspires to be a hub for the Asian film community. Through organised screenings, and educational and cultural programmes that open and enrich new intellectual, educational and creative spaces, it aims to preserve the rich film heritage of Asian Cinema, encourage scholarly research on film and promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form.

Since 2014, the Asian Film Archive has been a subsidiary of the Singapore National Library Board. It is an affiliate of the International Federation of Film Archives, an institutional member of the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

About the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 (SIFA 2019)

As Singapore’s annual pinnacle performing arts festival, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) presents captivating and diverse works across theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. First launched as the Singapore Festival of Arts in 1977, the festival has gone through several evolutions and inspired generations of arts lovers and practitioners. Today, the highly-anticipated festival is a high-point on Singapore’s arts and cultural calendar.

Under the helm of Festival Director Gaurav Kripalani from 2018–2020, SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works. At SIFA 2019, The Arts House will once again be transformed into the Festival House. With meaningful engagement opportunities from artists talks, workshops, discussions and the festival bar—House Pour, the Festival House breaks down the walls between artists and audiences to create unique experiences and inspiring artistic encounters.

About Arts House Limited

Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL manages two key landmarks located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District – The Arts House, a multi-disciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs the Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses, and performing arts space Drama Centre. AHL presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the annual pinnacle celebration of performance and interdisciplinary arts in Singapore commissioned by the National Arts Council.

AHL was set up in 11 Dec 2002 as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under the National Arts Council and was formerly known as The Old Parliament House Limited. It was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 Mar 2014.

About the National Arts Council

The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, our diverse and distinctive arts inspire our people, connect communities and profile Singapore internationally. We preserve our rich, cultural traditions as we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies for the future. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts, so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone’s lives. For more information on the Council’s mission and plans, please visit www.nac.gov.sg.

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