8 films to be screened for free at SGIFF’s Family Film Day on Jul 15

The screenings will be at Our Tampines Hub’s Festive Arts Theatre.

Chloe Tham

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Published: 27 June 2023, 3:09 PM

Free screenings of eight films will be offered as part of the Singapore International Film Festival’s (SGIFF) Family Film Day event at Our Tampines Hub on Jul 15.

According to SGIFF, the event aims to provide families with an opportunity to bond over film and to foster a deeper appreciation for cinema in Singapore.

Visitors may catch the various films at three different timings – 1pm, 3:40pm and 5pm – at the one-day only event.

The film featured at the 1pm slot is On Happiness Road, by Taiwanese director Sung Hsin-yin. It follows the story of Shu-Chi, a woman who returns home to Taiwan from New York for her grandmother’s funeral. She begins to reminisce about her childhood and tries to understand how she grew into her current self.

The Taiwanese feature has received the Grand Prize, Best Animation, and Audience Choice Award at the 2018 Taipei Film Festival.

Starting from 3.40pm, five different local short films – curated by SGIFF’s programming team – will be screened. Collectively referred to as ‘The Quest of Growing Up’, the films included in this segment share the common themes of fantasy worlds, friendship and lost dreams.

They are Lady E’s Wedding Revenge Plan by Kathleen Bu, Ju Ren by Harry Zhuang and Henry Zhuang, Masala Mama by Michael Kam, Ghongo by Srinivas Bhakta and Happy Birthday by Ang Geck Geck.


All the films that are showcased in this segment are created by Singaporean filmmakers. PHOTO CREDIT: SGIFF


The 5pm slot will see the screening of two films: Petite Maman by Céline Sciamma and Every Floor Looks The Same by Gladys Ng. These will conclude the event.

Petite Maman explores themes of motherhood, intergenerational connections, and the enchantment of childhood, while Every Floor Looks The Same follows a young girl wandering in an urban city, in search of a lost bird to reflect on the significance of finding one’s own path amid a sea of uniformity.

The event will take place in the Festive Arts Theatre located at Our Tampines Hub. All eight films are rated PG.

Early bookings are encouraged as there are limited seats. Ticket confirmation will be issued upon registration via SGIFF’s website.

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