The student film El Gris Perfecto - The Perfect Grey - written and directed by NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information alumnus Edwin Ho, will be showing at the Short Film Corner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The film is the coming-of-age story of a Singaporean-Spanish boy who embarks on a journey of self-discovery to Barcelona after the untimely death of his mother. He meets different people along the way and subsequently finds a different meaning to life.
NTU Wee Kim Wee undergraduates – Trixie Yap, Felicia Ang and Grace Thia – teamed up with Edwin and worked on the production of the film as part of their final-year project. All four members have previously worked together to produce short films such as Un Bote Pequeño Blanco and Dance, both of which were screened internationally. El Gris Perfecto took more than a year to complete, from pre-production to post-production, and is a one of a kind co-production between Singapore and Spain, shot entirely in Barcelona.
Edwin: “In most cases, films that have successfully entered into Cannes, including those under the short film category, were made by seasoned filmmakers. Having our student FYP short film being screened at the festival is a feat and an honour. Singaporeans filmmakers are developing, and being selected for this category of such a prestigious festival shows that Singapore definitely have substantial talents in the film industry. This shows that the local film scene is still blossoming. It is a small step and good experience for an aspiring filmmaker like myself to get air time in the international film industry platform.”
About his presence in the international film scene: “I think it is very challenging for an aspiring filmmaker like myself to be unconventional and create new forms of cinema to engage and capture the hearts of audiences today. Therefore, I strongly believe a in co-production of high value, as it is essential in today’s film market to promote film as an art and craft. Filmmaking is truly an international business today and it is difficult to draw a geographical boundary. Most importantly, the audience is able to acknowledge the talents that go behind these films and give them recognition regardless of their nationalities. Films are also becoming increasingly globalized with highly intercultural themes which are relevant and appealing to international audience. I believe that Singaporean filmmakers, with our unique and cosmopolitan background, can promote the flow of ideas and culture in co-production projects, by offering our own unique background and experiences to work towards co-creating new forms of film art of mixed cultures and ideas that will appeal to international audiences today and gain prominence in the international film scene.”
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