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Film junkies should by now have marked their calendars, but in case you’ve been caught up with other year-end happenings or are for the first time looking to immerse yourself in the region’s finest, most novel films, we suggest you begin at Singapore International Film Festival taking place this Thursday through all of next week.

#SGIFF is already into their 26th year, so understandably a look through their downloadable festival guide leaves us giddy with extensive content and feeling spoilt for choice, which is a good thing because that means there’s something suited to every individual in there.Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 4.16.34 PMPerhaps a good place to start would be this year’s opening film entitled Panay, which is set in Taiwan and “follows the ebb and flow of a indigenous community’s struggles”, addressing issues that arise with well-intentioned “urban development and the gentrification of tradition.”Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 4.17.42 PMWatch the trailer above for this Audience Choice Award Winner at the 2015 Taipei Film Festival. Might it also stir our hearts with its International Premiere here?

Also, Singapore International Film Festival is often credited for launching the careers of Singapore’s most skilled filmmakers such as Eric Khoo, Meng Ong, Kelvin Tong, Wee Li Lin, Royston Tan and Boo Junfeng. This year, SGIFF shines a spotlight on several more incredibly creative minds showcasing their works as part of the Singapore Panorama and Silver Screen Awards sections. So if you’re curious as to what Singapore filmmakers are busy cooking up in relation to the global landscape, here’s a brief rundown of films you might want to check out:

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Have a browse around the comprehensive SGIFF Official Site and get hold of very affordable tickets ranging from $12-$25, and even by donation for Imagination Films. You can also attend talks and masterclasses conducted by specialists across the world for free via Peatix.

Tickets for the Opening Film + Special Presentation Films are available HERE, while tickets for all other films are available for purchase HERE. Have fun!