The News: Issue 42

Published on 9 May 2016


On the Scene

Advocate for Singapore films picked for leadership programme in America.

Yuni Hadi, Executive Director of the Singapore International Film Festival and director of Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, has been selected for the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship programme 2016, held in the United States. As an Eisenhower Fellow, she joins a distinguished group of global leaders who are effecting positive change in their communities.

While in New York, Hadi intends to foster partnerships with film organisations in the United States, and establish long-term distribution and development models for Southeast Asian films. “This amazing opportunity allows me to meet innovative leaders in every field from all over the world — people who are at the forefront of what they do — and this diversity creates dynamic discussions,” says Hadi. “And for every person I meet, it’s a chance for me to introduce them to Singapore films.”

Yuni Hadi (extreme left) with representatives from other film festivals on a panel organised by New York Women in Film and Television, USA.

Submit Your Films!

Call for entry for Singapore’s annual film festival.

If you’ve made a short film or feature film, the Singapore International Film Festival 2016 wants to see it! The Festival, which runs from 23 November to 4 December, will consider films that have not premiered in Singapore, have not been broadcast on television or made available on the Internet, and completed no earlier than 1 January 2015. Deadline for submissions is 22 August, 6pm. For early birds who submit their entries before 7 August, the submission fee of US$25 will be waived.

To find out more, visit or email [email protected]

Diplomatic Backing

First US Embassy-backed scholarship for intercultural theatre studies.

For the first time in Singapore, a diplomatic mission has partnered with an independent theatre school — the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) — to nurture talent from across Southeast Asia. Announced in March, the inaugural ITI-Asia Scholarship supported by the US Embassy Singapore is open to financially-challenged new students who are citizens of any of the 10 ASEAN Economic Community member states. This three-year scholarship partially covers ITI’s full tuition fees of S$18,000 per year, confirming a first-year grant amount of US$10,000 (approximately S$14,000). Deadline for scholarship application is 4 November.

For full scholarship application details, visit

(From left) Arun Mahizhnan (chairman, ITI), William Gilbert (deputy public affairs officer, US Embassy Singapore), T Sasitharan (director, ITI), and KC Chew (board member, ITI).

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