(From left) Wei Keong Tan, Kirsten Tan, Shijie Tan

Celebrated VSOP cognac brand Rémy Martin, the sponsor of the recently concluded 25th Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), has in collaboration with Singaporean filmmaker Kenny Gee released an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary of the event.

The mini-documentary, titled ‘Inside the Festival’, features exclusive, intimate interviews with three local filmmakers, Wei Keong Tan, Kirsten Tan and Shijie Tan, who share their thoughts before, during and after the premiere screenings of each of their short films at the Singapore Panorama section of the SGIFF. The two-minute ‘Inside the Festival’ mini clip takes a look the very men and women who are usually behind the viewfinder, and provides an inside look at the festival from the filmmakers’ perspective.

Two of the three local filmmakers featured enjoyed success at the SGIFF, with Tan Shijie bagging the Best Singapore Short Film accolade for his work ‘Not Working Today’, while Kirsten Tan won the Best Southeast Asian Short Film for Dahdi (Granny).

“Inside the Festival was my first time directing and producing a documentary. It was a little stressful as I had to portray my fellow film directors such that is befitting to their incredible talent, all in a couple of minutes, but I am grateful to Rémy Martin for this opportunity to put the spotlight on them and give the Singaporean audience an intimate look into some of the best our local film scene has to offer,” said Kenny Gee, director of Inside the Festival. Gee’s short film, The Body, also premiered at the SGIFF.

Rémy Martin, the official spirits sponsor of the 25th Singapore International Film Festival, is no stranger to the arts. The brand has been the official spirit sponsor for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for the last 11 years.

“Rémy Martin has been a strong advocate for the silver screen across the world for a long time now and we are very excited to be supporting local cinematic talents here in Singapore,” said Xavier Desaulles, Managing Director of Rémy Cointreau Southeast Asia, Middle East and India.

“Working with Kenny, Shijie, Kristen and Wei Keong has allowed us a platform to showcase local filmmakers and support the Singaporean film scene. Just as we supported Anthony Chen with his internationally acclaimed Ilo Ilo, we hope to nurture many more young film talents in the years to come,” Desaulles added.

Catch the documentary here:


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