Singapore’s highest honour for designers and designs across all disciplines
One of Asia’s premier design festivals that champions design thought leadership
National Design Centre

111 Middle Road
Singapore 188969

Opening hours
Everyday 9am to 9pm




Event details

  • Date and Time
    Date and Time
18 May - 26 Aug 2023
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
  • Location

National Design Centre Level 1 Atrium,
111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969

  • Event Fee
    Event Fee



GIFFEST returns for its third and most spectacular edition at the National Design Centre. Supported by DesignSingapore Council, this special edition of GIFFEST brings together for the first time Asia’s largest celebration of GIFs with EYEYAH!’s thought-provoking visual approach to deconstructing social topics.

Driving social impact through the power of GIFs

Exploring the theme of “imperfect” from both the lens of design and as a social issue, the exhibition invites visitors to discover the beauty and value of imperfection as an essential aspect of human creativity and expression. This year’s theme spotlights the prevalent social issue of perfectionism and its impact on society, challenging expectations and attitudes through more than 50 incredible animated artworks by local and international creatives.  

GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT promises a blockbuster experience exhibiting the richness of GIFs as a creative medium that merges the worlds of animation, graphic design, film, and photography. The ground-breaking multimedia exhibition will feature giant projections and cutting-edge formats for an immersive experience catering to today’s technology-loving generation.

The festival’s exceptional collection of GIFs was curated from an open call on Instagram that saw extensive creative submissions to #GIFFESTSG. The latest edition presents diverse works and perspectives from around the world, including acclaimed creatives known for their unique approach to GIF art and emerging talents.


GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT runs from 18 May to 26 August, making it the longest duration of the festival—extending beyond its typical five days to an impressive three months. This allows for a richer event line-up, with new fringe programming and activities every two weeks, such as hands-on workshops, talks and interactive programmes suitable for all ages, including children.

These fringe programmes will provide opportunities for visitors to learn more about GIF art and explore the spectrum of Imperfection and Perfection raised in culturally trending and relevant topics such as the perfectly imperfect worlds of AI, Generative NFTS, Music and Animation.

Talks, Workshops and fringe programmes at GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT are ticketed and open for registration from 18 May 2023. Find out more at  

Images courtesy of Flex(@flexmw)

Singapore Night Festival 2023

Over two special weekends of the Singapore Night Festival, GIFFEST will present Rift-scapes*, a site-specific installation designed by Singaporean light artist Flex and sound designer Axel Serik. The experience immerses the audience in audio-reactive visuals, bringing them on a journey of past, present, future through evolving landscapes that incorporate the elements of Middle Road, the National Design Centre, Bugis, and the Singapore River amongst other highlights of “Singapore, the Great Port City”. 

Rift-scapes will run on Fridays and Saturdays, at hourly intervals from 8pm onwards.
Update: Due to popular demand, Rift-scapes will be happening at 20-minute intervals from 8pm instead.
Supported by National Heritage Board, DesignSingapore Council and National Design Centre.



EYEYAH! uses creativity to inspire social change. By tackling hot topics such as internet addiction, healthy eating and environmental issues, with cutting edge artists and illustrators. EYEYAH! Magazine has been awarded a President*s Design Award for ‘groundbreaking achievements in design’, best use of illustration at the World Illustration Awards in 2018 and a Parent Choice award in 2019. EYEYAH! has held numerous family friendly exhibitions. 

EYEYAH! is available in National Gallery Shop, Design Museum London and various other outlets locally and internationally. Please visit and for more info, or follow us for a weekly dose of creativity. IG: eyeyahmag 


Name: Tanya Wilson Chua


“Singapore, My Singapore” Documentary 1960s-1970s
Directed by Peter Hollander with T.V. Singapura

Singapore 1980s: A Nation Is Tested 
Sourced from “In Our Time”  by Channel News Asia

Singapore: Crossroads of the East ,1938
Directed by André de la Varre, in association with Paul Devlin

Singapore Film and Photos
Filmed by Michael Rogge

Discovery and Walking Tours Singapore
Filmed and Directed by Alan Chua

Singapore – The Lion City, 1957
Directed by Osman Shamsudin, Produced by Tom Hodge

Singapore River, 1970
Filmed by George ‘Squibs’ Raby

Bugis Street Photos and Documentation, 1950s-60s
Photographed by See Mun Wah

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Singapore’s highest honour for designers and designs across all disciplines
One of Asia’s premier design festivals that champions design thought leadership
National Design Centre