Discover the latest developments in cinema and filmmaking from our industry professionals and guest curators, with our series of talks at the festival.
DIALOGUE SESSION: HYBRID CINEMA OF LATIN AMERICA
27 NOV, SUN / 2:00PM / 90 MIN
THE ARTS HOUSE
Accompanying the Focus section on Mutating Mythologies – Hybrid Cinema of Latin America is this in-depth dialogue session with co-curator Juan Daniel F Molero and filmmaker Miguel Hilari. With an emphasis on Peru and Bolivia, the discussion will delve into the history of leftfield experimental and documentary films in Latin America and its contemporary incarnations, exploring its cultural and political significance. The speakers will share their own stratagems as filmmakers and reflect upon the mythology of the region and its mutations through hybrid film practices – an active response towards the syncretic tendencies of the region.
Juan Daniel F Molero, born in 1987 in Lima, Peru, is a filmmaker and curator. He has curated several avant-garde film programmes. His second feature, Videophilia (2015), was shot on a shoestring budget in his hometown and won the Tiger Award at the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam. i_mutating is his latest film.
Miguel Hilari is born in 1985 in La Paz, Bolivia. He studied filmmaking in La Paz, Santiago and Barcelona. A member of the Bolivian film collective Socavón Cine, he has produced the film Juku (2011), co-written and co-directed the documentary From Low Down (2012) and directed his short Adelante (2014).
A series of talks aimed at promoting local content making, generating discussions as well as spotlighting talent, SG Originals is a must for those looking to expand their horizons in the art of contemporary filmmaking. Find out what our local filmmakers, scriptwriters, sound designers and other professionals are up to and how you can learn new methods to enrich your own creative projects, in addition to sharing your experiences with them, as well as nurturing and keeping up with these film, television and media contemporaries.
SG ORIGINALS: ACTORS UNSCRIPTED WITH JACK NEO
Jack Neo needs no introduction when it comes to Singapore’s filmmaking history. A prolific and award-winning actor, writer and director who has enjoyed many commercial successes in local and overseas box-office, Neo is an industry veteran when it comes to television and cinema. Working with both experienced and young talents, his knack for finding the right cast to deliver his homegrown stories has been lauded and acclaimed by many. In this conversation session, we find out about his casting process, how he imparts his knowledge as an actor to the actors he works with, and how he brings out the best in his films through his writing and directing.
This talk is co-organised by Mocha Chai Laboratories, the Official Technology Partner of SGIFF.
SG ORIGINALS: ELEVATING YOUR STORY THROUGH SOUND DESIGN
Joe Ng has found a niche as one of Singapore’s foremost film and television music composer. Ng has scored all of director Kelvin Tong’s films, including Eating Air (1999), The Maid (2005) and It’s A Great Great World (2011). He has also worked on arthouse films like Gone Shopping (2007) and Sex.Violence.FamilyValues (2012), as well as action-thrillers like Battle Of The Damned (2013), and Bait (2012), which went on to become the biggest box office international film in China when it was released.
Teo Wei Yong is a media composer and sound designer. Aside from local art films, he also scored two National Geographic feature documentaries, which took Silver and Bronze awards at the New York Festival’s Film & Television Awards. He has recorded ADR and sound effects for Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo, which won the Camera D’or at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Feature Film at Taipei’s Golden Horse Awards. Recently, he composed the score for his first primetime drama television series, Verdict, on MediaCorp’s Channel 5.
SG ORIGINALS: DEVELOPING SCREENPLAYS IN SINGAPORE
Co-organised with NANG Magazine
27 NOV, SUN / 3:00PM / 90 MIN
Ken Kwek is the writer and director of Unlucky Plaza. He is also the writer of Glen Goei’s The Blue Mansion, as well as co-writer of both Kelvin Tong’s Kidnapper and It’s a Great, Great World.
Wong Kim Hoh is the co-writer of Eric Khoo’s Be With Me and My Magic.
Boo Junfeng is the writer-director of Sandcastle and Apprentice.
Sanif Olek is the director and co-writer of Sayang Disayang.
Ben Slater is a Senior Lecturer at the Nanyang Technological University and editor of the recently launched NANG, a new magazine about cinema in Asia, which has dedicated its first issue to Screenwriting in Asia.
SG ORIGINALS: EXPLORING VR360 IN SHORT FILMS
27 NOV, SUN / 5:30PM / 120 MIN
Virtual reality or VR has always been an area of much interest in the entertainment world, in order to create a more immersive experience for audiences, through film, video games and photography. Now, with even more creative minds putting out original content, it is no surprise that the technology is much more readily available for filmmakers and other content creators to explore a whole new horizon, expanding worlds and situations created for television and film. In this talk, we explore the technological trend that is fast gaining traction in Singapore. An introductory session for anyone looking to expand their creativity in filmmaking, the workshop will take audiences’ interaction to another level, bringing them closer to the heart of their stories.
Lionel Chok started his career in 1995 and has been actively involved creating digital content for television, cinema, the web, mobile and even theatre. In 2014, Chok discovered Augmented and Virtual Reality and decided to specialise in the medium by pursuing a postgraduate Masters in Creative Technology at Middlesex University in London. He has currently launched his very own startup specialising in 360 VR and also VR for Education
Pok Yue Weng was among the first batch of students to graduate from Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Film, Sound and Video course. SuperDONG, his debut animated short film, was invited to screen at the prestigious 2007 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight, as well as over 30 international film festivals. Pok was also invited to pitch his animated feature film, Tattoo War, at the IT PROJECT at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. The project, currently under development, was awarded the Post Production Prize for most promising project.
FUTURE OF CINEMA FORUM
Independent Film: Navigating the Digital Space
26 Nov, Sat / 1:00PM / 150MIN
With so many platforms available online for independent filmmakers to present their work and challenge their creativity, filmmakers are not only spoilt for choice, but they also need to make more informed decisions before their film gets out. From online filmmaking competitions, funding initiatives, community-sourced production companies and distribution portals, this forum aims to equip and empower the independent filmmaker with the information they need to realize the potential of their films and artistic pursuits. Find out how you can retain your creative rights, monetize your works, challenge yourself even further with artistic collaborations, and extend the lifespan of your film beyond the festival circuit, with pointers and case-studies from our industry experts.
Missy Laney has guided over 250 artists through successful crowdfunding campaigns, including Sean and Andrea Fine’s Oscar-winning Innocente and Adam Nimoy’s documentary For the Love of Spock. Laney has also worked at the Sundance Institute growing their #ArtistServices Initiative, a program that focused on how technology is changing the way audiences interact with films, and at BitTorrent Inc, leading their film strategy where she launched The Discovery Fund, BitTorrent’s first ever artist granting initiative.
Anderson Le has worked diligently in the global promotion of independent and world cinema as director of programming for the Hawaii International Film Festival, now in its 36th year. Le also serves as artistic director for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and a program consultant for the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. He is co-founder, with Hollywood director Justin Lin, of YOMYOMF.com, an Asian American pop culture blog and digital media company, where he has curated short films and is in development of several digital projects for various video-on-demand and over-the-top platforms.
Jared Geller serves as Executive Producer for HITRECORD, the community-sourced production company founded by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Since 2010, HITRECORD has produced art and media spanning across a wide range of creative formats including short films, books, live events and television. Season One of HITRECORD’s weekly variety show, HIT RECORD ON TV, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media. Previously, Geller produced shows and theatrical events at some of the world’s most prestigious live venues, including the Sam Mendes directed, Rufus Wainwright Sings Judy Garland, which was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy Award.
Scott Kaplan is the SVP of Global Sales and Distribution at FilmBuff, a digitally-focused independent film distributor and sales agency in New York. He oversees all aspects of both domestic and international distribution & sales for FilmBuff’s releases, while also focusing on corporate strategy and business development. Recent releases include Jared Leto’s Artifact, and Vice Media’s All This Mayhem. He also sources and negotiates deals for a library of over 1000 films including Exit Through The Gift Shop and Senna. Prior to joining FilmBuff in 2013, Kaplan negotiated multichannel acquisition deals for DISH Network after working as an agent at International Creative Management in Los Angeles.