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Taiwanese Film 'Panay' to Open this Year's Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF)!

By InCinemas  /  25 Sep 2015 (Friday)


The heartwarming Taiwanese film directed by Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekal Sumi, 'Panay'<太陽的孩子>, has been selected as the opening film for this year's 26th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).

Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Taipei Film Festival, Panay conveys a rare sensitivity and captures an authentic perspective of the life and predicaments faced by Taiwan’s indigenous communities on land rights. 

26th Singapore International Film Festival 
Date: 26 Nov - 6 Dec 2015

  • Marina Bay Sands
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • Shaw Theatres Lido
  • National Gallery Singapore
  • The Arts House
  • The Projector
  • The Substation

Ticket sales for SGIFF will begin end October 2015 

Stay tuned to InCinemas (@InCinemasSG) for updates on SGIFF 2015!


The film marks the screen debut of singer-songwriter Ado’ Kaliting Pacidal, together with award-winning actor Bokeh Kosang; they are supported by a stellar young cast of first-time actors including Dongi Kacaw and Rahic Kulas.

The compelling storyline follows a mother’s return to her hometown upon leaving behind her city job to care for her ailing father. Through a series of trying circumstances, the film’s protagonist, Panay, reconnects with her children amidst a journey of self-discovery and the quest for her roots.

SGIFF Executive Director, Yuni Hadi, said, “The unique collaboration between Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekal Sumi has resulted in an inspiring film that brings to light a contemporary topic with a lot of heart. We were moved by the beauty and spirit of Panay; its powerful message around preserving and fighting for what we hold close to our hearts resonates with what we believe and stand for as a festival – to tell Asia’s story through film.”

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