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2021 Singapore Chinese Film Festival


This year’s Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2021 (SCFF2021) was yet another sold-out event! Co-organised by the Centre for Chinese Studies@SUSS and Singapore Film Society from 30 April to 9 May 2021, SCFF2021 was launched with a hybrid online-physical approach, to no less audience anticipation.

Out of more than the 30 screenings at SCFF2021, as many as 19 sessions were sold out, including the opening and closing films, as well as a good number of feature and short films under all four categories. They were namely, Chinese Panorama, Documentary Vision, Chinese Shorts Showcase, and Debut Classics: Generation 1960’s.

The Story of Southern Islet, a magical realist story based on its director Chong Keat-aun’s childhood experience and earned him the Best New Director title at the 57th Golden Horse Awards, even had an added session due to its popularity!

The opening film was Hand Rolled Cigarette, a highly anticipated first feature film by emerging director from Hong Kong, Chan Kin-long, while the closing film was ANIMA, directed by experienced scriptwriter from China, Cao Jinling.

The event showcased 24 feature films and 21 short films in cinemas with eight of the feature films also made available online, offering patrons the flexibility of catching the movies at the theatres or in the comfort of their homes. At total of 45 films were selected for SCFF2021.



SCFF2021 Festival Director, A/P Foo Tee Tuan, delivering his welcome speech before the screening of the opening film.


Our deep appreciation to all our partners for making SCFF2021 another resounding success. They include the Chinese Language & Culture Fund, Hong Leong Foundation, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Shaw Foundation, and Taipei Representative Office in Singapore; venue/ programme partners; members of Singapore Film Society; and four SUSS students who took up the Singapore Chinese Film Festival internship under the Film Studies Minor – Wendy Goh, Khang Siew Ying, Heidi Mah, and Winnie Tan. Last but not least, we are thankful for the continued support from patrons and fans of the Singapore Chinese Film Festival.

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