Magazine article Screen International

Pimpaka Towira Named Singapore Festival's Programming Head

Magazine article Screen International

Pimpaka Towira Named Singapore Festival's Programming Head

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Towira directed One Night Husband and The Island Funeral.

Thai pioneering female filmmaker Pimpaka Towira has been appointed programme director of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).

Joining her as new programme consultants are Anderson Le, programme director of Hawaii International Film Festival, Kong Rithdee, Bangkok Post’s film critic and arts editor, and Kuo Ming-jung, programme director of Taipei Film Festival.

Pimpaka takes over from Zhang Wenjie who served as festival director from 2014-2016 since the festival was relaunched in 2014 after a two-year hiatus. Yuni Hadi remains as executive director, along with former Singapore Film Commission assistant director Ang Hwee Sim as general manager.

Pimpaka has her career rooted in both filmmaking and festival programming. She was programme director for Bangkok Film Festival in 2001 before it was rebranded by Tourism Authority of Thailand as the Bangkok International Film Festival. She assumed the same role for the latter festival in 2008 and 2009. …

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