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SGIFF New Waves 2018 returns to Shine Spotlight on Emerging Southeast Asian Filmmakers

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(2018 New Waves speakers (Left to right, from Top): Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, Don Aravind, Amanda Nell Eu, Sharifah Amani, Silke Schmickl, Andie Chen, Tania De Rozario, Janice Koh)

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 film screening and dialogue with guest speakers from different disciplines, centered upon their unique and personal approaches to utilising film as a mode of expression. Come participate in these open dialogue sessions to find out more about this emerging community of filmmakers in anticipation of the 29th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival end-2018.

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:

25 April 2018 Pathompon Mont Tesprateep in dialogue with Silke Schmickl
Celluloid Dreamstate: Composing Memories Through Decay

30 May 2018 Don Aravind in dialogue with Andie Chen
Sustainable Idealism: Realities of Filmmaking

27 June 2018 Amanda Nell Eu in dialogue with Tania De Rozario
The Pontianak Resides Within: Femininity as Monstrosity

25 July 2018 Sharifah Amani in dialogue with Janice Koh
Special Edition – Asian Three-Fold Mirror: Reflections

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

NEW WAVES SESSIONS:

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25 APRIL • CELLULOID DREAMSTATE: COMPOSING MEMORIES THROUGH DECAY PATHOMPON MONT TESPRATEEP | THAILAND

In dialogue with SilkeSchmickl

Working with the increasing arcane medium of celluloid film, Pathompon Mont Tesprateep has carved out a unique position between film, installation and sound art practices. His short films harness the aesthetics of silent cinema with an unconventional use of sound and silence.

Having showcased his work at the Rotterdam International Film Festival this year with the recommendation of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Mont joins Silke Schmickl, co-founder of Lowave, an experimental film and video art publishing house, now engaged in curatorial work that parallels Mont’s transversal approach towards different mediums and its shifting contexts. Mont will share his artistic approach as they ponder upon the oneiric quality of Lowave, an experimental film and video art publishing house, now engaged in curatorial work that parallels Mont’s transversal approach towards different mediums and its shifting contexts. Mont will share his artistic approach as they ponder upon the oneiric quality of silent cinema, its uncanny aura in the present, the investment of personal memories through this mediums and to what ends it serves.

Short Film Screenings

• Excerpt: Endless, Nameless (Thailand / 2017 / approx. 8min)

• Song X (Thailand / 2017 / 20min / Rating: PG)

 

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30 MAY • SUSTAINABLE IDEALISM: REALITIES OF FILMMAKING

DON ARAVIND | SINGAPORE

In dialogue with Andie Chen

Don Aravind’s steady career exemplifies the endeavour of the working creative – consistently making films for over ten years with an unwavering cultivation of his creative streak. He straddles both film and television with a keen understanding of both mediums, finding a balance that fuels his versatile oeuvre. Don has established himself as a go-to television director with extensive output over different channels; his short films present the everyday – an en bloc debate, the struggles of family loss – and are universally relatable in its explorations.

With seasoned actor Andie Chen, whose career in the commercial and independent realms mirror Don’s, the two share candidly about the working realities of the film and television industries and the desire to sharpen themselves with each new artistic challenge.

Short Film Screenings

• Ren Shao (Thailand / 2012 / approx. 8min)

• Vote (Singapore / 2015 / 3min)

• Angel (Singapore / 2017 / 8 min / Rating: NC16 – Some Coarse Language)

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27 JUNE • THE PONTIANAK RESIDES WITHIN: FEMININITY AS MONSTROSITY AMANDANELL EU | MALAYSIA

In dialogue with Tania De Rozario

In media depictions of femininity, deviations from the norm often lead to the monstrous. In this session, under the auspices of their shared love for the Pontianak, we bring together two artists who have been embarking on creative detours from this trodden path.

Amanda Nell Eu is at the forefront of a new generation of Malaysian filmmakers. Tania De Rozario is an established artist from Singapore who has developed a multidisciplinary body of work that fuses concerns with gender, sexuality and the politics of art. In this session, they will discuss the creative potential of being from yet apart from one’s own culture, the outsider disposition during coming of age, female ghosts within Southeast Asian mythology – and how these threads lead to feminist statements through art.

Short Film Screenings

• Spit (Malaysia, UK / 2002 / 10min)

• It’s Easier to Raise Cattle (Malaysia / 2017 / 18min / Rating: PG13 – Horror)

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25 JULY • SPECIAL EDITION – ASIAN THREE-FOLD MIRROR: REFLECTIONS SHARIFAHAMANI | MALAYSIA

In dialogue with Janice Koh

Directed by Brillante Mendoza, Isao Yukisada, and Sotho Kulikar, Asian Three-Fold Mirror: Reflections is an omnibus feature film initialed by the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre that encourages the potential of cross-cultural exchange between Southeast Asia and Japan.

In this special edition of New Waves, we invite actress Sharifah Amani to share her experience working with Isao Yukisada on the segment Pigeon, the director’s homage to the late Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad which was shot in Penang. In dialogue with established actress and former Nominated Member of Parliament Janice Koh, Sharifah will provide her personal insights into the convergence of filmmaking practice from both countries, the lessons learnt, as well as the challenges faced in this unique cross-cultural exchange.

This session is expected to end at 10.30pm.

Film Screening

• Reflections: Asian Three-Fold Mirror (Director: Brillante Mendoza, Isao Yukisada, and Sotho Kulikar / Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Philippines / 2016 / 118min)

All photos courtesy of  29th SGIFF.