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30th Singapore International Film Festival at the National Museum

25 Nov 2019 - 01 Dec 2019
Gallery Theatre,
Basement Level and The Salon, Level 1
Various Timings
Ticketing charges apply

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a dynamic line-up of films and programmes this year.
The largest and longest-running film event in Singapore since 1987, SGIFF is an internationally-recognised discovery ground of independent cinema in Southeast Asia.

You can find over 12 screening, masterclasses and some of the key events to commemorate the 30th years of SGIFF happening at the National Museum.

Visit for details.
Swallow Film Still
25th November, Monday | Gallery Theatre | 7:00 PM

Directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis
USA, France / 94 mins / M18 - Sexual Scene
A housewife begins eating tiny objects in this psychodrama with a dash of body horror. Best seen on an empty stomach.
Monos Director
25th November, Monday | Gallery Theatre | 9:15 PM

Directed by Alejandro Landes
Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Uruguay, USA / 103 mins / M18 - Sexual Scene
Madness descends on a squad of child soldiers guarding a hostage. This fever dream of a film is Lord of the Flies on psychedelic.
Unteachable director Shu Ling
26th November, Tuesday | Gallery Theatre | 7 PM

Directed by Yong Shu Ling
Singapore / 77 mins / Rating TBC
Academic streaming may soon be gone, but rhetoric seems to trickle less easily into reality in this insight to Singapore’s education system.
Vitalina Varela Director

Vitalina Varela
26th November, Tuesday | Gallery Theatre | 9.30 PM

Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal / 124 mins / PG
Winner of the Golden Leopard at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a profound letter to Lisbon’s Cape Verdean immigrants.

Verdict Film Still

27th November, Wednesday | Gallery Theatre | 9.15 PM

A woman presses charges against her abusive husband after being brutally assaulted, but finds justice is a bigger battle to fight.
Singapore Panorama

Singapore Panorama
27th November, Wednesday | Gallery Theatre | 7 PM

The latest independent feature and short films showcasing the dynamism and talent of Singaporean filmmaking: telling the stories closest to home, and reflecting the realities of contemporary society. Families struggle on society's margins in Invisible Stories. Migrant workers are the unseen engines of modern Singapore in I Dream of Singapore. Dreams of today's youth, and the effects of the education system are laid bare in Unteachable. Accept the Call follows a father's efforts in understanding his wayward son, while Revolution Launderette sheds a quirky, Singaporean light on the city of Tokyo. These feature films are accompanied by the Short Film Panorama spanning dreams of social housing, girls growing up, and the wild fantasy of birthing a watermelon. Clearly, imagination is infinite in Singapore Panorama.

Scales Film Still

28th November, Thursday | Gallery Theatre | 7 PM

A young girl defies her village’s harsh and chauvinistic traditions to prove her worth in this stunning mythical tale.

Bombay Rose Animation

Bombay Rose
28th November, Thursday | Gallery Theatre |  9.30 PM

Gitanjali Rao's Bombay Rose is a stunning animated epic that sees love emerge from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai’s streets.

Africa director
29th November, Friday | Gallery Theatre |  7 PM

Retirement is tough, as an Israeli man learns in this docu-fictional study of wounded masculinity and the anxiety of ageing.
Passed by censor director

Passed by Censor
29th November, Friday | Gallery Theatre |  9.30 PM

The boundary between fiction and reality is blurred for a prison guard who insists he is about to uncover a domestic conspiracy.

Focus Panel SGIFF
Focus Panel: Stories We Tell: Myth, Dreamscape and Memories in Southeast Asian Cinema
30 November, Saturday | The Salon, Level 1 | 11 AM

Spanning styles and genres, this panel discussion offers insights into their work and the breadth of storytelling.
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Takashi Miike Masterclass
1st December, Sunday | The Salon, Level 1 | 11:00 AM

In this masterclass, we will look into Miike’s illustrious career as a cult favourite, and find out how he stays true to his visions.

Encore Screenings
1st December, Sunday | Gallery Theatre  

Catch the Best of Fest: we are rescreening winning films from the Silver Screen Awards and Audience Choice Award. 

2PM - Best Asian Feature Film Award winner along with Best Southeast Asian Short Film winner.

4.30PM - Audience Choice Award winer along with Best Singapore Short Film Award winner.

Head over to SGIFF website for more details.

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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HistoriaSG: Shakespeare & Singapore, 1900−1975

This talk by Research Fellow Dr Emily Soon explores the Shakespearean threads within Singapore’s multicultural history, tracing how people in Singapore engaged with Shakespeare as the island transitioned from being a British colony to an independent Southeast Asian state.

The Salon, Level 1, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
$5 per participant
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Capturing a Century

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Platform and Glass Atrium, Level 2, 10am – 7pm
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The SPF200 Exhibition: Frontier Town to Safest City

Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world. However, our relative peace and calm should not be taken for granted. We invite you to join us in our travel back in time to 200 years ago, when the Police was only a 12-man team, and how we have evolved against dynamic threats to keep Singapore safe and secure.

Stamford Gallery and The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
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Family Fun at the National Museum

Mark your calendars with these dates and bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents alike, to discover Singapore’s rich social history together!

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes

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