Singaporean producer Jeremy Chua, who produced this year's Cannes Golden Chamber winner Inside the shell of the yellow cocoonwas appointed general manager of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).

Chua takes up the role on January 1, 2024 and will jointly lead the festival with Program Director Thong Kay Wee. Emily J Hoe is stepping down after delivering four editions of the festival, including two that were severely impacted by the pandemic.

Founder of Singapore-based production company Potocol, Chua also produced or co-produced Nicole Midori Woodford's Last shadow at first lightJow Zhi Wei's Tomorrow is a long timeMakbul Mubarak Autobiography and Bui Thac Chuyen Glorious Ashes.

He was presented with the FIAPF Award for outstanding contribution to Asia-Pacific Cinema at this year's Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia.

SGIFF closed on December 10th with Inside the shell of the yellow cocoon, directed by Vietnamese Pham Thien An, winning the award for Best Asian Feature Film at the Silver Screen Awards. The best director award went to Yoon Eun-Kyung, from Korea, for The tenantswho also won the FIPRESCI Prize.

The best script went to Yu Yi-Hsun, from Taiwan, for A trip in spring, which also won Best Performance for Yang Kuei-Mei. Nelson Yeo, from Singapore, won Special Mention for Dream and Die.

The festival reported having issued 12,500 tickets for its 34th edition, the highest ticket sales since 2014 and a 64% increase compared to 2022.