The 10th SCFF: Reflections and Outlook
This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Singapore Chinese Film Festival (SCFF). Reflecting on the past nine years, the first festival presented only 10 films, with no distinction made between feature films and documentaries. In the second year, the showcase increased to over 30 films. To help our audiences in their viewing choices, three perennial segments were curated, namely Chinese Panorama, Documentary Vision, and Chinese Shorts Showcase. These segments differentiated feature films, documentaries, and short films released in the recent three years. A special segment was also presented, the King Hu Wuxia Classics. In the years that followed, many other special segments were curated including Li Hsing Classics, In Love With Leslie Cheung, Filmmaker In Focus: Chang Yi, About Chinese Cinema, Restored Classics, (Non) Chinese Language Cinema, focusing on the filmmaker or the movie theme. Throughout these years, an estimated 400 films have been screened at SCFF!
This year, a special segment is once again dedicated to revered film director Li Hsing who passed away last August. In 2015, Director Li was invited to the festival where 11 of his works were showcased on the big screen. Over the years, the festival continued to benefit from his advice and guidance. In a special tribute to his legacy, SCFF 2022 presents Farewell to Li Hsing featuring three of his classic films, and a documentary on the man widely known as the Godfather of Taiwan cinema.
For SCFF 2022, we are also proud to present Tales on Filmmakers, a brand new segment within Chinese Panorama. In recent years, a number of films have focused on filmmakers as the subject in focus. Do these films authentically reflect the filmmakers’ thoughts and emotions, or are they purely made-up? We hope you will take time to experience these works. This topical segment may very well become a mainstay of the festival in the next 10 years.
Finally, this is the third consecutive year the festival has been held amidst a pandemic. From a sense of anxiety and fear in 2020, we have arrived in 2022 with cautious optimism. Although SCFF 2022 remains a hybrid mode, we continue to look forward to a festival where everyone can once again fully enjoy movie watching in the cinema.
We hope you will enjoy SCFF 2022! Happy viewing!
Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2022 Organising Committee