Youth Jury & Critics Programme


Organised in partnership with the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture and guide a generation of young writers on cinema from the region. In its lead-up and during the Festival, the young critics’ articles and video essays will be published in the festival’s film journal, Youth Meets Film. The programme will conclude with the young jurors awarding the Youth Jury Prize to one of the films competing in the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition during the Silver Screen Awards. One of the participants will also receive the Young Critic Award, awarded for originality of writing and for their contribution to cinematic discussions in the region.



Kong Rithdee works at the Thai Film Archive as Deputy Director, handling programming and archival management. He was previously Film Critic and Arts Editor for over 20 years at the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English language newspaper. He has written about film for international publications such as Cahiers du Cinema, Sight and Sound, and film festival catalogues. Rithdee has also co- directed documentary films on the subject of Muslim minorities in Thailand and written screenplays such as The Island Funeral. His co-directed work The Convert (2008) was screened at Vancouver, Busan, Yamagata and other festivals. Baby Arabia (2010) was shown at Vancouver, Hawaii, and other festivals. Their latest short doc Gaddhafi (2013) was invited to International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA). In 2014, Kong was awarded Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government for his writing. Most recently, Rithdee translated the Thai novel The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth, which is available worldwide.


Chai Yee Wei
Founder/Director, Mocha Chai Laboratories

Jerome Chee
Programmes and Marketing, The Projector

Chew Tee Pao
Archivist, Asian Film Archive

Leong Puiyee
Programme Manager, Singapore International Film Festival

Kelly Leow
Writer/Editor, Former Deputy Editor of MovieMaker Magazine

Lim Teck
Managing Director, Clover Films

Thong Kay Wee
Outreach Officer, Asian Film Archive

Natalie Ng
Author, Filmed in Ether

John Lui
Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times

Toh Hun Ping
Visual Artist/Film Researcher

Julian Wong
Managing Editor and Co-Founder, Rice Media


Matthew Chan
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

Joanne Ho

Ethan Kan
School of the Arts, Singapore

Lee Sze Wei
Nanyang Technological University

Erwin Lim
Nanyang Technological University

Joyce Ng
Nanyang Technological University

Shivam Pota
Tanglin Trust School

Pranamika Subhalaxmi
Nanyang Technological University

Tan Chia Wei
Singapore University of Social Sciences

Teo Shu’En
Raffles Institution

Emma Ting
School of the Arts, Singapore

Dan Tran
National University of Singapore

V Dhanraj
Nanyang Technological University

Yap Cai Ni
Raffles Institution

Clement Yue
Nanyang Technological University


Li Ka Yue
Nanyang Technological University

Alistair Quak Wei Chern
Nanyang Technological University

Song Yaoyao
Xiamen University