28th SGIFF: Singapore Panorama

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The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) returns from 23 November to 3 December 2017. The 28th edition will screen 112 feature and short films from 42 countries, across nine sections: – Opening, Special Presentation, Silver Screen Awards, Singapore Panorama, Asian Vision, Cinema Today, Midnight Mayhem, Classics: Secret Spies Never Die!, Focus: Histories of Tomorrow – Indonesian Cinema After the New Order.

Our focus today is on the young and emerging filmmakers from the SGIFF Singapore Panorama Shorts programme.

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An actor discovers his son’s university application that was supposed to be mailed out in the boot of his car. The mistake leads him to drive around as he formulates an excuse. The film stars television veteran Zhu Houren as the protagonist.

About the directors
Jonathan Choo, Rachel Liew and Shammini G are graduates of NTU School of Art Design and Media. They produced Han, which won Best Film at the National Youth Film Awards 2016.

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A father, who is also the discipline master at his son’s school, has to grapple with his own principles when his rebellious son breaks one of the school rules.

About the director
Hamzah Fansuri is a graduate of the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. His thesis film, Rotan, is made as a reflection of his childhood days.

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Struggling to get her special-needs son into a regular school, a single mother agonises over her conflicted feelings toward him when he obstructs her plan.

About the director
Tang Wan Xin is a recent graduate from the Puttnam School of Film and Animation at LASALLE College of the Arts. She hopes to tell stories that reveal truths that reality often conceals.

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Insulated by the lonely monotony of routine, Ji spend her nights tearing flyers and junk mail. One night, an interesting flyer gives her an unexpected opportunity for reconnection.

About the director
Gan Chin Lin is a student filmmaker from the graduating batch of Raffles Institution Film Society. Return to Sender is her debut work as director and cinematographer.

The Festival will take place at multiple screening venues including Marina Bay Sands, Capitol Theatre, Shaw Theatres Lido, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Filmgarde Bugis+ and The Arts House. Visit sgiff.com for festival updates. Tickets are available from Sistic.

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Dreaming in Black and White with Ling Nah

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(from the press release)

Singapore Artist Tang Ling Nah celebrates her 15th Year in the arts with an exhibition and her first documentary, Dreaming in Black and White 《幻境黑白》

Known for her charcoal drawings and charcoal-based site- specific installations, Ling Nah explores urban conditions and the city’s human relationships through shades of black, grey and voids of white. Is it any wonder then that her dreams—whether they are the images conjured up during sleep, her state of mind or the vision of her future—are in black and white?

From 1 to 17 Dec 2017, at Gallery I, The Arts House, Ling Nah will celebrate her 15th year in the arts by Dreaming in Black and White, a multi-component visual arts project comprising a solo exhibition and a documentary film. Through these components, she revisits her work and ex- plores its potential through new multidisciplinary collaborations with a filmmaker, animation artists and two dancers.

In her exhibition, the artist will present selected past charcoal drawings, paintings, sketches, photo- and video-documentations of her site-specific performances, and a new dance film.

The title Dreaming in Black and White is also inspired by an installation of the same name that the artist made during her artist residency at Vermont Studio Centre, U.S.A.

The artist will also debut her 100-minute documentary, titled Dreaming in Black and White: Portrait of a Singapore Artist Tang Ling Nah. Directed by Singapore filmmaker Lei Yuan Bin, the film is a cinematic story woven from Ling Nah’s artworks, artistic journey and daily life. Straddling fact and fiction through interviews, gathering with friends, dance and animation segments, the film attempts to blur the boundaries between the audience, Ling Nah’s art and her deepest being by taking its audience to real spaces—the artist’s studio and her favourite places—as well as the illu- sionary worlds of her drawings. She shares about her memories and relationships with people. She reveals her concerns about the ever-changing city and the impermanence of life. She muses aloud about charcoal, her major drawing medium. And she invites the viewer to take a peek at her work processes. The film ultimately celebrates the importance of having a dream, the courage to make our dreams come true and to keep dreams alive.

Click here for tickets.

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Get Ready for Cartoons Underground 2017

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(from the press release)

Now in its sixth year, Cartoons Underground is marking Singapore’s importance in the animation world with the launch of the Golden Durian awards; for best film, best director, and the ‘People’s Choice’ for the best film from Singapore.

Film makers from more than 50 countries vied to be included in this year’s Cartoons Underground programme, submitting more than 400 films. 13 awesome films will be shown in two jam-packed programs curated by Tan Wei Keong and Jerrold Chong.

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Poles Apart, which is receiving its Asian Premier at CU, is produced by Singaporean Low Ser En and directed by Paloma Baeza, who are both graduates of the United Kingdom’s National Film and Television School (NFTS). An unlikely meeting of a polar bear and a grizzly bear, this short film won the McLaren Award for Best British Animation at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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Animation from Singapore includes Javad Khajavi’s The Third Script, a graduate film from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, and Miyako Makio‘s  My World from LASALLE College of The Arts. Javad’s film was also selected for the Ottawa International Animation Festival this year.

The festival is happening on the 21st of October at Kult Kafe. During the festival, the public will be able to meet the directors and vote for their favourite Singaporean film. Get your tickets here. Admission is by donation.

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Token by Xuan En

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We last featured Xuan En‘s work on the site back in 2016, when we picked out her ‘clay’ animation. Xuan En’s latest project is a VFX short film titled Token.

“A young boy from a monochromatic space follows a game token and enters another dimension, where one is given the ability to interact with murals. Being lost in a different world, he finds a second boy who challenges him to a race to retrieve his lost coin.”

Click here to read more about the film.

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D#, Design in Singapore’s Music Scene

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Earlier this year Design Says Hello collaborated with Indigo Child Agency on project D# (pronounced D Sharp), a  visual presentation of Singapore’s talented designers in the music industry. The project was showcased early March on the rooftop of the National Design Centre as part of Singapore Design Week 2017.

“The intention of the project was to create a deeper conversation on the importance and role of design in the process of artist branding and development,” Design Says Hello founder ZIQQ explains. “The featured film was the aftermath of many weeks of planning, filming and editing – all so that we can give a spotlight on this very niche and unique aspect of design in music. We can only hope that this film opens up many more conversation about the role of design in the context of our progressive country that is Singapore.”

“In recent years, we’ve seen Singapore music grow to be one that is vibrant, full of individualism and improvisation. As the spotlight shines on our current musicians and artists, we hope D# will impress upon and amplify the works of our talented designers here in Singapore.” – Daniaal Adam of Indigo Child.

 

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