27th Singapore International Film Festival: All you need to know about the longest-running film fest
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The 27th Singapore International Film Festival is scheduled to start from 23 November to 4 December with an array of international and national films, documentaries, short films and other exciting forms of cinema.

The 12-day event will be screening more than 160 films from across the globe along with post-show discussions, masterclasses and talks by industry professionals and guest curators. Viewers will also get a chance to discover universal themes and untold stories in the work of the internationally acclaimed directors and the most promising filmmakers of Asia.

The film festival includes 16 world premieres, nine international premieres and 18 Asian premieres. According to the programme director, Zhang Wenjie, the selected films include works of Garin Nugroho, Lav Diaz, Tran Anh Hung, Naomi Kawase, Fruit Chan, Anurag Kashyap, Reha Erdem, Trinh Minh-ha, Kirill Serebrennikov, Kelly Reichardt and Ken Loach.

Apart from these directors, a number of new filmmakers from countries like Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Mongolia, Japan, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Latin America, Taiwan, Singapore and the US are featured across various sections of the festival.

The film festival will also be offering a diverse platform with a number of thought-provoking films by several outstanding female filmmakers that will celebrate female empowerment, gender identity and other important aspects.

"This year we are honoured to present the works of many outstanding female filmmakers who are changing the landscape of cinema and our industry," Wenjie told Today Online.

"Screening as Special Presentation at our festival is Three Sassy Sisters by Nia Dinata, a jubilant musical about the hopes and dreams of the modern Indonesian woman; Don't Look At Me That Way by debut Mongolian-German director Uisenma Borchu is a courageous and unflinching examination of sexual and cultural identity; and Dearest Sister by Mattie Do, Lao's only female and horror director, incisively reveals the horrors of capitalism prevalent in Laotian society today," he added.

Filmmakers, whose works were screened at the previous festivals are also there in the line-up.

The 27th edition of the film festival will be screening in eight venues across the city state including Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, The Arts House, Capitol Theatre, Filmgarde Bugis+, National Gallery of Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, and Shaw Theatres Lido.

The festival tickets are priced at $12. You can click here for more details about ticket bookings: http://sgiff.com/ticketing-information. To know more about the films, masterclasses, registrations and talks, interested people can visit the official website of the Singapore International Film Festival :http://sgiff.com/