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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Comics of Singapore Histories (COSH) Studios

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In January 2016, COSH Studios brought together a collective of comic artists and writers eager to share their stories of Singapore Heritage. “Our heritage shouldn’t just be confined to history lessons and the classroom,” comic historian Lim Cheng Tju says. “These comics are fiction, but they have aspects of local history and places in them. And when readers can relate to these stories, there’s always the chance that they will want to find out more about the hidden corners or undiscovered stories in Singapore.”

Three comics will be launched tomorrow at the Singapore Writers Festival from 8:30PM until 9:30PM at the Arts House: Live through Singapore in the 1910s through five different people in the Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy by Lim Cheng Tju and Benjamin Chee. Listen in to the politics of food and business in the Coalition of the Savoury Spare Parts by Koh Hong Teng and Oh Yong Hwee. Or run into the Bukit Brown Caretaker in a place where many Singaporeans called their Final Resting Place – James Tan will help you with that.

Four more titles will be published by March 2018, featuring writer Dave Chua and artists Don Low and Cheah Sinann as some of the many names to release their books then.

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Exhib & Auction! 80by80

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Axis / by Ian Woo
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Christmas Tree 2008 by Deanna Ng
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Guardian Angel by Lim Soo Ngee
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Let me take care of you by Susie Wong

(from the press release)

A group exhibition featuring the works of 38 Singapore artists who have journeyed with the centre over the last 15 years. The artists were invited to each create a unique piece of work measuring 80cm x 80cm.

For the first time, all the works exhibited will be up for public auction from 19 October to 19 November 2017. Your support for 80by80 will benefit Esplanade’s free programmes, including its visual arts exhibitions, and go a long way towards Esplanade’s efforts to do even more for our artists and audiences.

To view the works in detail and participate in the auction, visit www.esplanade.com/80by80 from 19 Oct onwards.

List of participating artists:
Ahmad Abu Bakar, Angie Seah, April Ng, Ashley Yeo, Ben Puah, Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Chiew Sien Kuan, Christine Lim, Chua Boon Kee, Chua Chye Teck, Deanna Ng, Delia Prvacki, Ernest Chan, Ian Woo, Jeremy Hiah, Justin Lee, Mrydette, Lim Soo Ngee, Lina Adam, Miguel Chew, Milenko Prvacki, Oh Chai Hoo, Quek Kiat Sing, Raymond Yap, Speak Cryptic, Susie Wong, Tang Ling Nah, Tay Bak Chiang, Tay Bee Aye, Tay Questal, Teo Huey Ling, Victor Tan, Vincent Leow, Wang Ruobing, Yeo Chee Kiong, Yeo Shih Yun, Yong Kah Kin and Zai Kuning (Singapore)

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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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Still from My World by Miyako Makio

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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Listen! Jasmine Sokko drops No EP

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Jasmine Sokko just dropped her No EP on Spotify and iTunes, and upon first listen, it sounds excellent.

Jasmine will be launching her EP this Saturday, 5pm at the 4Fingers X EATMEPOPTART Presents: LOCALMOTION festival. Free admission via registration.

(from the press release)

The 5-track body of work No EP (pronounced as Number EP) bookmarks Jasmine Sokko’s journey since her debut single ‘1057’ in September 2016. The singer-producer has been hard at work throughout the year, polishing up the freshman project. Featuring previous single releases such as, ‘Porcupine’, ‘H2O’ and her breakout hit ‘1057’, the album includes the emotive ‘2D’ and new single ‘600D’ – an electro-pop number.

Jasmine Sokko talks about the release, “The No Extended Play constructs an identity through an episodic opposition to the structured and regulated society. It discusses an identity that is in conflict with the mainstream community but attempts to act in accordance with the majority through concealment of the true self. Each song represents different kinds of grief for the out-of-place identity.

Given that many aspects of the society are dictated by numbers; the extended play utilizes numeric to label song titles. This recurring theme transcends cultural barriers since numbers are arguably the most universal language. The term ‘No’ encapsulates the rebellious nature of the identity aforementioned. At the same time, functions as double entendre, representing the short form of the term ‘number’. ”

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