THE growth and potential of independent cinema in Asia has been steadily rising over the years. Extending an open invitation to be engaged in the future of cinema, the 28th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) announced its full festival line-up at the National Museum of Singapore recently.

Among those in the lineup are seven Filipino films.

“Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month” by Carlo Francisco Manatad, “Suerte” by Carlo Fajarda, “Puppy Love” by Margarita Mina, and “The Sound of Coins Hitting Brass” by Andrew Stephen Lee will be in competition at the Silver Screen Awards.

Other Filipino films in the official selection are “Salvage: Malay Wild” by Sherad Anthony Sanchez, “The One-Armed Executioner” by Bobby A Suarez and cross-country collaboration “In the Claws of A Century Wanting” by Jewel Maranan.

As the leading international film platform in Southeast Asia and part of the annual Singapore Media Festival, SGIFF is set to showcase a diverse spread of films that stood out in the past year. (SunStar Cebu)