New Waves And SGIFF Opens Call For Entry

2017 New Waves speakers (Left to right, from Top): Wregas Bhanuteja, Jeremy Fernando, Kavich Neang, Chris Yeo, Nelicia Low, Cyril Wong, Jerrold Chong, Mike HJ Chang

SHORT FILM SCREENING AND DIALOGUE

New Waves shines a spotlight on young filmmakers who are making waves through the archipelago, forming an emerging community within Southeast Asia. Join them in a series of dialogues with Singaporean artists, writers and curators from different disciplines, as they recollect their entrance into cinema, their unique and personal approaches in utilising film as a mode of expression, and its convergence with other art forms and everyday life. Come participate in these open dialogue sessions to find out more about this emerging community of filmmakers in anticipation of the 28th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival end-2017. 

New Waves is a programme by the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), with Programme Partner SCAPE and Festival Hotel ibis Singapore on Bencoolen. SGIFF is an event of the Singapore Media Festival.

Event Details

Schedule: Every last Wednesday of the month, 8.00pm-9.30pm

Dates: 
31 May 2017Wregas Bhanuteja In dialogue with Jeremy Fernando
A Way of Living: Filmic Iterations of Javanese Thought  
28 June 2017Nelicia Low In dialogue with Cyril Wong
In the Confession Booth: Truth and Grit on a Filmic Canvas 
26 July 2017Kavich Neang in dialogue with Chris Yeo
Dusty Grooves: The Historical in the Cambodian New Wave 
30 August 2017Jerrold Chong in dialogue with Mike HJ Chang

Headless Dimensions: Skewered Relations with Time and Space

Venue: *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5), 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978

Admission: Free Seating (Refundable $5 ticket via Peatix)

Info & Tickets: http://sgiff.com/newwaves

Festival Hotline: +65 6509 4749

Festival Email: contact@sgiff.com

CALL FOR ENTRY TO 28TH SGIFF

The 28th SGIFF is calling for submissions to be held in end-2017 in various partner venues across the city. SGIFF is the largest and longest-running annual film event in Singapore comprising film screenings, masterclasses & talks, a film competition section, and development programmes for aspiring filmmakers and writers. From 17 April to 21 August 2017, independent filmmakers and aspiring directors, writers, critics may enter their new films (completed no earlier than 1 Jan 2016) or apply for the Southeast Asian Film Lab or Youth Jury & Critics Programme.  

Visit sgiff.com/submissions for details.

New Waves Sessions:

31 MAY • WREGAS BHANUTEJA | INDONESIA
A WAY OF LIVING: FILMIC ITERATIONS OF JAVANESE THOUGHT In dialogue with Jeremy Fernando

Situated between fiction, documentary form and personal ruminations, Wregas Bhanuteja has been exploring Javanese mythology and folk practices through the vantage point of his hometown Yogyakarta. His celebrated short film In the Year of the Monkey won the Best Southeast Asian Short Film at the 27th SGIFF Silver Screen Awards in 2016, and he has just begun pre-production for his first feature.

As explored through Wregas’ films and the musings of philosopher and writer, Jeremy Fernando, this session will bring us through the intersections and parallels between Javanese and French thought. In particular, it will unpack the Javanese idea of Nrimo, a way of looking at life and living which informs the philosophical core of Wregas’ oeuvre, and the attitude he harbours as a filmmaker.

Short Film Screening

  • In the Year of Monkey (Dir: Wregas Bhanuteja / Indonesia / 2016 / 13min / Rating: R21 – Nudity)
  • Lembusura (Dir: Wregas Bhanuteja / Indonesia / 2014 / 10min)
28 JUNE • NELICIA LOW | SINGAPORE
IN THE CONFESSION BOOTH: TRUTH AND GRIT ON A FILMIC CANVAS
In dialogue with Cyril Wong

Fencer-turned-filmmaker Nelicia Low has honed an intimate form of emotional truth-telling that lays bare the unspeakable desires most would rather keep hidden. Her films uncoil the subterranean fears that nestle in the tangled threads of sibling and familial love. As she digs into the anxieties and traumas of her human existence, Nelicia’s films illustrate an inescapable need for self-expression and a constant endeavour to make sense of who we are.

Author Cyril Wong joins her in a discussion of confessional artmaking – to talk about why and how differently they draw from their lives in their storytelling; the agony and the beauty and all the attendant consequences and implications; how the telling changes them, develops their craft and informs their personal and even artistic lives.

Short Film Screening

  • Freeze (Dir: Nelicia Low / Singapore, Taiwan / 2015 / 15min / Rating: PG13 – Some Mature Content)
  • Rolling on the Floor Laughing (Dir: Russell Harbaugh / USA / 2011 / 19min)
26 JULY • KAVICH NEANG | CAMBODIA
DUSTY GROOVES: THE HISTORICAL IN THE CAMBODIAN NEW WAVE
In dialogue with Chris Yeo

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Cambodia’s Golden Age of film and music from the 1960s. In parallel, we witness a young generation of filmmakers reigniting film culture and production in Cambodia.

Based in Phnom Penh, Kavich Neang co-founded Anti-Archive, a film production collective instrumental in its efforts to carve out a space for independent filmmaking in Cambodia. In this dialogue, Kavich will be joined by Chris Yeo from 13 Little Pictures, the collective that brought about a cinephilic turn in independent filmmaking in Singapore in the late 2000s. Together they explore the conditions that lead to collective filmmaking practices, the relationship between filmmakers and history, and Kavich’s fascination with the White Building – an architectural icon he grew up in.

Short Film Screening

  • Three Wheels (Dir: Kavich Neang / Cambodia / 2015 / 20min) 
  • Boding (Dir: Kanitha Tith / Cambodia / 2014 / 10min)
30 AUGUST • JERROLD CHONG | SINGAPORE
HEADLESS DIMENSIONS: SKEWERED RELATIONS WITH TIME AND SPACE
In dialogue with Mike HJ Chang

Jerrold Chong’s practice in stop-motion animation explores the proximity between reality and imagination as it ponders upon the philosophical puzzles that lay within. Like solving a rubik’s cube, he twists our perceptions of humanity with an elegance that bridges the two dimensions, in its bid to illuminate the emotional fractures of beings searching for reconciliation.

Jerrold will be joined by sculptor Mike HJ Chang in a dialogue that will delve into the visceral nature of their craft to explore the intersections between both mediums. As they walk us through their processes and utilisations of abstraction and metaphor to deconstruct and express subjective human experiences, they uncover uncanny relationships with time and space, and a curious approach to heads as the central axis of our existences.

Short Film Screening

  • Ways of Seeing (Dir: Jerrold Chong / Singapore / 2015 / 5min)
  • Eclipse (Dir: Jerrold Chong / Singapore / 2016 / 6min)
  • Darkness, Light, Darkness (Dir: Jan Švankmajer / Czechoslovakia / 1989 / 7min)

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