[Screening]: SIFF Short Film Finalist again + Q&A! Sunday, 10th May 3.30pm

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Dec 17, 2008
For those who missed the Singapore International Film Festival Short Film Finalists screenings during the festival... Fear Not!

The Substation Moving Images will be holding a special additional post-SIFF screening of the short film finalists again!

10th May 2009, Sunday, 3.30pm - 6pm
The Substation Theatre
Tickets priced at $6 (conc.) / $8 (Reg.)

There will be a 30min (at least) post-screening Q&A with 7 of the short film finalist directors. (Unfortunately, Kirsten & Martin are unable to be present for the session.)

Tickets on sale now at The Substation Box Office!

For reservations, tickets must be picked up 30min before screening time or they will be released for sale. For information and reservations, please call 6337 7535 or email your order and contact number to movingimages@substation.org

SIFF short film awards:
> Best Actor - Madam Chan
> Best Film - Swimming Lessons
> Special Mention - Hush Baby
> Best Director - Swimming Lessons
> Best Cinematography - 5 Films in an Anthology of a Film a Month


SHORT FILMS - Singapore Short Film Competition | 22nd Singapore International Film Festival


By David Shiyang Liu / Singapore / 2009 / NC16 / 22 min
A series of five vignettes centered on each of the five human senses.

Little sparks of intrigue and wit draw the viewer deep into beguiling stories of loss and love in this anthology, set in Australia and Singapore. Inspired by the music of the Nine Inch Nails, and with quiet affection, the vignettes present small quirks of human nature, centered upon each of the five senses.

David Shiyang Liu has a background in photography and design. His recent commercial works include a Behind the Scenes featurette for Australia’s Channel 9 drama Underbelly. His other film 4444 was lauded at the Canon DV Festival and The Substation’s Singapore Shorts Film Festival.


By Ong Zheng Kai / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 10 min
A family mishap leads a young man to reconsider his plans to leave home.

A tender but tenuous relationship between a grandson and his grandmother is at the heart of this short film. Zheng Kai is preparing to leave home to go abroad when his grandmother has a fall, forcing him to re-evaluate his responsibilities and ambitions. Quietly poignant, the past and the future echo throughout the film, revealing the distance between the generations in contemporary society.

Ong Zheng Kai produced a 16mm short film as part of a workshop conducted in 2006. He went on to freelance in film and photography productions before working as a development executive in a production company. He is currently pursuing a film education with LASALLE.


By Martin Hong Cho Ann / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 14 min

As a boy struggles with growing up, his head fills with nostalgic dreams of childhood.

Kester wakes up one morning to find an adult narration stuck in his head, foretelling the confining structures of adulthood to come. He embarks on a mission of struggle against the ‘adultists’ while simultaneously rediscovering his childhood dreams. Charmingly shot, this is an artful elegy to childhood memories.

Martin Hong was born in Singapore in 1990 and worked closely with family, teachers, and friends to make his short film.


By Tan Wei Keong / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 3 min
A sheet of paper, a pair of scissors, and a fussy baby meet in a battle of wits.

Overturning the popular association of animation with children’s entertainment, Hush Baby depicts a baby’s struggle against confinement and restriction. The many expressive faces of a baby are brought to life with dark humour and wit as the film imaginatively explores a different facet of animation.

Tan Wei Keong’s animated short film White was awarded the Special Achievement Award at the 20th Singapore International Film Festival. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Animation at the School of Art, Design and Media.

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By Tee Pao Chew / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 9 min
The slow decay of a relationship, reflected through a television screen.

The melodrama of a soap opera is set up in high contrast to the silent tension between the couple watching it. Shot in hues of green and yellow, the narrative subjectivities of the four characters parallel each other, yet are in a constant state of manipulation and distortion.

Tee Pao Chew recently graduated from RMIT University with a degree in Communications. Leaving Me is the third short film he has directed and it is written for his final-year project.


By Wilson Yip / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 20 min
An elderly woman spends her entire holiday complaining about her family and irritating the friends travelling with her.

Filled with endless gripes about her familial troubles, Madam Chan joins her friends the Wongs on a local tour of Singapore, much to the annoyance of Mr Wong. As the group travels from one tourist spot to another, the truth behind Madam Chan’s complaints emerges, unveiling the vulnerability beneath her crotchety exterior.

Currently an active freelance director in the local industry, Wilson Yip actually started off with crewing and camerawork. His directorial works include TV shows, commercials, and corporate and short films. His still serves as a cinematographer occasionally, most recently on the feature Heng or Huat.


By Hafidz Senor / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 12 min
An old man’s recollections about the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Stark, black-and-white shots of modern day Singapore are juxtaposed against grainy still photographs of wartime Singapore as the narrator, an eighty-year-old Malay man, recounts his memories about the Japanese Occupation. Based on conversations the director had with his grandfather, Shingaporu Monogatari is a compelling and sombre reminder of the war and the consequences it had on the people who lived through it.

Hafidz Senor studied film at Temasek Polytechnic’s Moving Images Programme. His interests include architecture, the visual arts, history and sociology and the whale hunters of Lamalera. Currently studying at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media, Hafidz enjoys volunteer work and hopes to surf someday.


By Kirsten Tan / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 11 min
A boy, a mysterious sink, and a meditation on life.

A chance encounter between a young boy and the sink he finds standing in the low-tides of a beach results in a spiritual connection between the two. Beautifully shot in 16mm black-and-white and richly textured with symbolism, Sink is a meditative exploration of childhood innocence and adult experience, of love and loss.

The greatest feeling Kirsten Tan ever had was walking out of a cinema feeling inspired by a film. Thus began her desire to make them. Since then, her films have been screened in more than twenty film festivals, garnering over ten international awards. She is currently based in New York City.


By Kat Goh Phek Siang / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 13 min
An over-protective mother gains new understanding from an old memory.

On the way to the airport, a mother frets over her daughter, who is leaving home for the first time. Suddenly, she finds herself on a curious detour that plumbs muddy memories, only to surface with a dazzling lesson in both life and swimming.

A veteran of television production, Kat Goh is one of the few female filmmakers to emerge from Singapore. Cutting her teeth on epic TV productions during an eight-year stint at both MCS and Channel U, Kat’s work on the small screen includes the highly-rated comedy series Durian King (2004), which won three PROMAX awards including Best Actress.

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