Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur will serve as the head juror for the Singapore International Film Festival's (SGIFF) Asian Feature Film Jury, it was announced today. The director will be joined by Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker Clara Law, Iranian-American screenwriter-director Ana Lily Amirpour and Mark Peranson, the head of programming at the Locarno Film Festival, on the judging panel of the 28th edition of the festival. Besides his jury duties, Kapur will also conduct a masterclass, where he will share his experience in films with the audiences. The talent will be recognised at the Silver Screen Awards, which will be held on December 2. Kapur first gained global recognition with his film "Bandit Queen", which received critical acclaim after its premiere at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. The filmmaker then went on to direct Australian star Cate Blanchett in two award-winning biopics on Queen Elizabeth in "Elizabeth" (1998) and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007, and walked away with an Oscar for Best Costume Design. Kapur went beyond films and collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber to co-create the West End musical 'Bombay Dreams'. For the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition, programming director of the Asian Future Section at Tokyo International Film Festival Kenji Ishizaka will head the jury panel, which also includes Singapore filmmaker K Rajagopal and Indonesian actor Marsha Timothy. Talking about choosing the esteemed panel, SGIFF executive director Yuni Hadi said, "Our jury members are prominent and dynamic industry leaders in their own right. "With their expertise and craftsmanship, we look forward to identifying talent and recognising Asian features and Southeast Asian short films that stand out with their bold artistry and strong storytelling.
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