Singapore 2001

  • Hai Leong Toh


SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2001 The 14th SIFF, with over 350 films, was centred this year at Golden Village's plush six-screen multiplex GV Grand and the Alliance Française. The Goethe Institut was host once again to the Festival Fringe which started a few days earlier (7 to 22 April 2001), screening the documentaries which were this year's focus. Although more films were sold out this year than the last (47 full houses), there were in fact only 45,000 admissions compared to 60,000 in 2000. One probable reason for the number of full houses is that the GV Grand's audience capacity was considerably smaller than those of the festival venues in 2000. However, the decline in ticket sales could partly be attributed to the plunge in the high tech stocks and shares market which seemed to have affected the spending power of the young urban professionals who make up the...