Films from Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore will make their international premieres at the 20th Singapore International Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday. Nine films will be shown internationally for the first time while 17 others will get their Asian premiere at the 13-day showcase of Asian and world cinema, organisers said. A Singapore production, “The Changi Murals” directed by Boo Junfeng, will make its world premiere with a story about five Biblical murals that changed the lives of prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation of Singapore. More than 300 productions from 40 countries will be screened at the festival, which has propelled Asia’s filmmakers to greater prominence over the years, said festival programmer Philip Cheah. Rachel Lim reports.