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SIFF: Keeping the Film Industry Alive

Singapore continues to promote the masterpieces of Asian filmmakers through the Singapore International Film Festival. Through this annual event, the country gives utmost appreciation and support to Asian films.


Film Screening and More

The Singapore International Film Festival is held around April or May of every year. Launched in 1987, the festival screens over 200 films from more than 40 countries. Aside from screening critically acclaimed and award-winning films, there are also film workshops, seminars, and filmmaking exhibitions for film students.

Festival Directors behind the Festival

Together with SIFF founder Geoffrey Malone, the festival was led by 3 festival directors namely Philip Cheah, Teo Swee Leng and Lesley Ho, who also acted as board members. After the 20th edition of the festival in 2007, Wahyuni Hadi became the festival manager and Jasmine Ng became the new board member. After a year, Zhang Wenjie and Wahyuni Hadi joined as festival directors. Currently, the board members behind the casino online festival are Geoffrey Malone, Philip Cheah and Jasmine Ng.


The Legacy of the Festival

SIFF continues its legacy of promoting film as an artistic expression across Asian countries. It paves the way for a more vivid film industry in Singapore. The festival also gives opportunity for audiences to watch films that are not screened commercially. Through its seminars and workshops on film-making, many film students are encouraged to hone their craft to become excellent filmmakers in the near future.

What was originally launched as a festival that would give a chance for local audiences to watch non-commercial and independent films now receives recognition from film critics throughout the world for its unceasing support and appreciation for Asian filmmakers and disregarded Southeast Asian films.

Lion Dance: The Dance for Good Fortune

The Lion Dance is a Chinese traditional dance in Singapore, performed mainly on festivals, such as Chinese New Year, and special occasions, including official openings of business establishments and offices.


The Legend Behind the Lion Dance

The Lion Dance has a very interesting story. A long time ago, there was a monstrous creature called the Nien that would ruin the fields, including the farmers’ crops and livestock. This great devastation would happen every year, on Chinese New Year Eve. The villagers finally made a plan to stop the animal’s ravaging. With bamboo and paper, the villagers created a frightening model of an animal. Accompanied by the loud banging of drums, they operated it like a puppet to frighten the Nien. This inventive and clever plan by the villagers completely drove off the Nien and brought success.

Henceforth, the Chinese believed that the lion brings luck, and so the Lion Dance is performed annually during the Chinese New Year to celebrate good fortune. The perfect place and time to watch Lion Dance performances is in Chinatown on New Year’s オンライン カジノ Eve.

Lion Dance and Dragon Dance

Oftentimes, the Lion Dance is mistaken for the Dragon Dance. However, you can easily differentiate the two by the number of people that operates the costume: there are two people that operate the lion, while more people are needed to operate the dragon. In addition to that, you cannot see the performers in a Lion Dance as they are covered by the costume. In contrast, the performers in a Dragon Dance can be seen as they hold and move their costume using long poles. Additionally, the basic movements in Lion Dance are derived from Chinese martial arts.