29th SGIFF: The Future of Cinema Forum | Independent Cinemas in the Digital Age


In an age of digital downloads and binge-watching, cinemas are not the only places to watch films. Despite that, alternative brick-and-mortar screening venues are thriving. With emphasis on indie features, these venues offer a fresh cinematic experience and a support network for filmmaking communities. In this discussion, we speak to independent exhibitors about the role these venues play in developing audiences and building a future for indie films.


(From left to right: Gary Mak, Han Min Li, Sarinya Manamuti, Sharon Tan)

Gary Mak is the managing director of Broadway Cinematheque in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Broadway Cinematheque pioneered arthouse cinema in both China and Hong Kong. It is operated by Edko Films, a multi-faceted film company covering production, distribution and exhibition. Mak also actively serves as a jury member on numerous international film festivals and as an advisor for institutions such as Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival and Udine Far East Film Festival.

Han Min Li is an entrepreneur, cultural observer and independent researcher. In 2007, she founded Filmgarde Cineplexes, an independent cinema chain in Singapore. Han is a supporter of the Singapore arts scene and an advocate of cross-cultural exchange, and actively participates in various arts and cultural forums, conferences and initiatives around the region. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Asia at the National University of Singapore.

Sarinya Manamuti co-founded independent cinema Bangkok Screening Room. Manamuti graduated with a B.A. in Visual Arts from Western Sydney University and an M.A. in Arts Management from RMIT University in Melbourne. With her vast experience in exhibition installation (at Crawl Inc. Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney; the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Museums Victoria in Melbourne), she is committed to supporting independent filmmakers.

Before co-founding and running Singapore’s only independent cinema, The Projector, Sharon Tan practiced as an urban planner at Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. She completed her B.Sc. in Urban Planning and M.Sc. in Urban Regeneration at the Bartlett School of Planning in London. Her current dual roles as urban planner in Pocket Projects and General Manager of The Projector marry two of her greatest loves – cities and films.

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Sat Dec 1, 2018
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