Learn how to conceptualise, do research, and write for film programmes through these talks by industry professionals.

The Film Programmers Lab is a new initiative presented by Objectifs and the Asian Film Archive. It is a 6-month developmental platform for emerging film programmers based in Singapore. Consisting of a series of workshops, closed-door consultations, and public talks, the programme will provide 4 selected participants with mentorship and a valuable support network. Selected participants will eventually curate and publicly present 2 film programmes at the end of the workshop.

The Film Programmers Lab will run from 30 March – 31 August 2024.

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The following online events by guest speakers are open to the public. Please click on the links below to register.

While these are free events, please consider donating to Objectifs if you are able to. Your contribution goes directly to supporting our programmes, and the freelancers and artists we work with.



How to Conceptualise a Film Programme
with Silke Schmickl

Thu 4 Apr, 7.30pm – 8.50pm (SGT) via Zoom



Film curation is a time-consuming process that requires patience and a keen understanding of constantly shifting variables. Gain valuable insights into this process from curator and researcher Silke Schmickl as she shares about the different approaches to film programming, as well as the research methodology that she undertakes. Hear first-hand from an expert about the possibilities a film programme engenders, and the complementary events and activities that can come suit.

Silke Schmickl is the CHANEL Lead Curator, Moving Image at M+ Museum in Hong Kong. She was previously curator at the National Gallery Singapore and the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, a researcher at the German Center for Art History in Paris, and the co-founding director of Lowave, a Paris-based curatorial platform and publishing house for moving image artists. She has initiated and directed numerous art and film projects focusing on emerging art scenes in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and has curated exhibitions in partnership with museums and biennials around the world.

Writing for Film Programmes
with Sam I-shan

Thu 11 Apr, 7.30pm – 8.40pm (SGT) via Zoom



If you’re a regular cinema-goer, you’ve probably read about a film before, perhaps after watching it. If you’re a programmer, filmmaker, or producer, writing for and about your work is a critical part of your profession. Join this open-ended conversation about different approaches to writing for film, including framing and positioning programmes, introducing new works and artists, and writing to promote, contextualise, document and advocate for film programmes, festivals, and exhibition projects.

Sam I-shan is an independent curator with an interest in moving image, photography, and art and politics. She programmes for film festivals, specialising in artist films and video, as well as Southeast Asian and experimental cinema, working with the Singapore International Film Festival, Art SG Film, Videoex Experimental Film and Video Festival Zurich, and the Southeast Asian Film Festival. She was previously curator at National Gallery Singapore (NGS), Singapore Art Museum (SAM), and Esplanade Visual Arts. She lives and works in Singapore and Cambodia.

How to join the online events:
1. Please register via the links above. You will receive an email with the Zoom link, confirming your spot in the sessions.
2. Objectifs will ‘photograph’ (e.g. screenshots) and audio/video record this online discussion for the purposes of documentation. We require participants to enter the Zoom call using the same name they have registered with so we may check against the registration list. You may subsequently change your username and switch off your device’s camera if you would prefer not to be photographed or recorded. We will make an announcement about this before we start any documentation.
3. Objectifs is committed to maintaining a safe and inclusive space for this online discussion. By registering for this session, participants agree to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Treat all people with courtesy and respect.
  • Harassment/discrimination of sexual, physical, vocal, emotional or any other nature based on gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religion are not appropriate.

Related events 
August 2024
Singapore Shorts Screening
FreshTake! Screening

Stay tuned for more information on events held in conjunction with the Film Programmers Lab 2024.