JISR Film Festival 2024: The Best of Arabian Cinema in Singapore

JISR Film Festival in Singapore | Mar 23 - 31, 2024
JISR Film Festival in Singapore | Mar 23 - 31, 2024

The inaugural JISR Film Festival in Singapore, to be held across four days in late March, presents a cultural odyssey of Arabian Gulf culture for Singaporeans to immerse themselves in.

Jointly hosted by food security consultancy firm SWAPAC, Singapore-based creative agency Cinepluto, in partnership with the Singapore Business Federation, The Middle East Institute, Smart Cities Network, and The Projector, the festival will consist of a three-part programme.

The film festival proper will take place over two weekends on Mar 23 and 24, and Mar 30 and 31. On Mar 27, a business conference titled “Beyond Borders & Horizons: A GCC-APAC Partnership” will bring together thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and business stakeholders.

For those interested in an exclusive look behind the scenes, an exclusive film studio day tour organised in partnership with Iskandar Malaysia Studios awaits on Mar 28.

JISR Film Festival 2024: Breaking Age-Old Stereotypes

Using art as a medium to connect, the JISR Film Festival will feature the works and perspectives of established and emerging filmmakers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Over two weekends, audiences will be treated to a curated selection of 17 films representing the diverse cinematic landscape of the GCC, presented alongside the important themes of sustainability, animation, sports, and female empowerment.

Screenings will take place at The Projector in Singapore, the beloved cinephile hotspot famous for its support for indie and thought-provoking films.

The film selection includes the exclusive premieres of:

To Connect

A behind-the-scenes documentary by director Amal Al-Muftah about the opening ceremony of the FIFA 2020 World Cup.



An animated, sci-fi fantasy drama about a young refugee girl who bravely faces many hardships in her journey to overcome the loss of her family and home world.

Other notable filmmakers featured include Nayla Al-Khaja, UAE’s first female director and the creative force behind the feature film for Dubai Expo 2020, Road to Fulfillment. Mansoor Al Dhaheri, director of Swim62, whose gripping documentary about climate change made waves at the most recent COP28 summit addressing ocean conservation through the lens of sports. And Shahad Ameen, well-known for her award-winning film, Scales, a dystopian tale about a village girl’s struggle to escape a dark tradition.

Livy Von Goh, Founder, Cinepluto, said. “We believe film and art have transformative power in bridging cultures and influencing trade. With JISR, we aim to introduce audiences in Singapore to modern Arabian Gulf culture and celebrate our ongoing relationship with the GCC. Through this vibrant exchange of creativity, our goal is to foster connection, embrace diversity, and break age-old stereotypes.”

Full list of JISR 2024 films.

Event Details

Date: Mar 23 and 24, 30 and 31, 2024

Venue: The Projector

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Other JISR Activities

Beyond Borders & Horizons: A GCC-APAC Partnership Business Conference (Mar 27, 2024)

This one-day business conference, to be held at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, will bring together hundreds of industry experts, innovators, and influencers from both the GCC and Singapore.

Attendees can expect insightful discussions, keynote presentations, exclusive short-film screenings, and networking opportunities focused on fostering cross-cultural business collaborations and exploring new horizons of economic growth.

Additionally, the conference will provide a unique platform for dialogue on key issues such as energy transition and sustainability, with the aim to inspire vital discussions on these topics within the GCC and ASEAN regions.

Film Studio Day Tour – Iskandar Malaysia Studios (Mar 28, 2024)

You’re warmly invited to join this exclusive film studio day tour on Mar 28, organised in partnership with Iskandar Malaysia Studios (IMS)!

A premier destination for filmed entertainment productions in Southeast Asia, IMS features state-of-the-art film stages, TV studios, and extensive production support facilities. The tour offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers, industry professionals, and enthusiasts to gain insights into the world of film production and explore potential partnerships between GCC and Asia Pacific regions.

Registration is free via this link. Do note that limited slots are available. 

ecoHarmony Fest – Ramadan Edition (Till Apr 9)

JISR is also participating in the ecoHarmony Fest – Ramadan Edition, a 50-day festival featuring a bazaar with up to 300 retail and food stalls, accompanied by stage performances and a series of talks on topics such as parenting, healthy living, entrepreneurship, and more.

With its spacious set-up accommodating up to 1,000 diners at any one time, visitors can enjoy the diverse offerings of the bazaar while experiencing elements of Arabian Gulf culture brought to life by JISR.

Venue: GreenSpace+ (Open Field @ Blk 131 Bedok North Ave 3 Singapore 460131)

Time: 10 am to 10 pm

Don’t miss this groundbreaking festival event that seamlessly blends culture and business, providing a unique platform for exchange and collaboration between the GCC and Singapore!

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The inaugural JISR Film Festival will feature the works of established and emerging Arabian filmmakers, a business conference, and a studio tour.

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