Nothing beats a big screen experience

It's undeniable how much love Singaporeans have for the big screen. Whether it’s big blockbusters like The Shape of Water (which just won this year's Best Picture at the recent Oscars) and Black Panther, indie greats like Get Out and Call Me By Your Name (finally an award at the Oscars; read our review here), documentaries like Villages Visages and Icarus, or even animation films Coco and Loving Vincent, we can’t help but lug our butts to the theaters to break away from the occasional Netflix binge. And if you’re out for a good film or 10, there are a number of festivals happening right now to check out.

Francophonie Festival (Through Mar 28)

Visages Villages

A festival within a festival! Committed Francophiles, this one's for you. Head over to Alliance Francaise with screenings of some of the best in French cinema; all of which are Singapore premieres by the way. Celebrate one of the most widely spoken languages in the world with the Oscar-nominated documentary Visages Villages, thought-provoking feature Le Brio about a girl of Algerian descent facing racism from her professor (and how the school deals with it), the hilarious tongue-in-cheek picture Le Tout Nouveau Testament and more.

Smash the Glass Film Festival (every Thursday through Mar 29)


Right on time for International Women's Day, this revolutionary film festival, jointly organized by the Singapore Committee for UN Women, High Commission of Canada in Singapore and the European Union Delegation to Singapore, highlights women's empowerment in all sorts of settings and gives credit to activists where it's due. Every Thursday for the month of March, catch powerful stories of gender equality, empowerment, diversity, feminism and inclusion through Finnish-Danish family drama Little Wing, biographical documentary spotlighting female DJs Amplify Her, and more.


Japanese Film Festival (Through Mar 18)

Her Love Boils Bathwater

This will be the festival's 21st edition of screening a selection of Japanese cinema, ranging from action to romance, comedies and anime and more. Taking place at the National Museum of Singapore, soak in masterpieces like the 2017 thriller Memoirs of a Murderer, Yasujiro Ozu's 1959 beautiful classic Floating Weeds and more.

Danish Film Festival (Mar 16-18)

How Are You. Photo credit: Boje Lomholdt

The Danes have a knack of designing beautiful things without compromising on function, be it in products or architecture. They've nailed it down right to its tiniest detail, which is what this festival is all about. Have look into the best in Scandinavian furniture craftsmanship in films like Borge Mogensen: Designs For Life, the contemporary installations of artist Olafur Eliasson in Olafur Eliasson: Space is Process and other designed-focused films.

Stories That Matter 2018: Borders (Mar 16-Apr 29)

I Am Not Your Negro

Not all films are just about entertaining. Enter Stories That Matter; an annual program held by Objectifs to address critical issues through both film and photography. This third edition's theme is borders, tackling matters of physical, social and political borders that both define and restrict communities and laying out on the table possible ways of collaboration and change. Apart from exhibitions and seminars, this program will also be screening Singapore premieres of five documentaries such as the 2017 Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro, the award-winning Taste of Cement and more.

Peroni Sunset Cinema (May 2-13)

The highly successful outdoor cinema series that debuted last year on Tanjong Beach is back for another run. Once again, Singapore's first-ever silent cinema event is promising "award-winning films, sunsets, DJs, bars, food stalls, deck chairs and friends". This is where you'll probably want to catch award-winning and -nominated films of the year on the big screen. The gates open at 5pm for you schmooze and booze before films like Steven Spielberg-directed historical political motion picture drama The Post, the fantastical The Shape of Water and more are screened.