Discover the latest developments in cinema and filmmaking from our industry professionals and guest curators, with our series of talks at the festival.
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.
SINGAPORE CINEMA: THEN AND NOW
25 NOV, SAT / 4:30PM / 90 MIN
Independent filmmakers in Singapore have been illustrious in creating homegrown stories since the ‘90s. Till today, Singaporean filmmakers are making a name for themselves with films that transcend the festival run and into commercial exhibitors locally and abroad. In conjunction with the 15th anniversary of Talking Cock and I Not Stupid, we explore the differences in stories explored then and now and how partnerships within the film community have evolved.
Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen are a husband-and-wife creative team who’ve helmed an eclectic slate of projects, including the pioneering satirical website TalkingCock.com and its movie adaptation TalkingCock the Movie; the feature film Singapore Dreaming (2006) which won the Montblanc Screenwriters Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival amongst others; and most recently, Dim Sum Warriors, the graphic novel and bilingual iPad app series about kung-fu fighting dumplings.
K. Rajagopal worked in theatre and is a veteran of Singapore’s film community where he directs both TV productions and personal projects. His shorts include I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995) and Absence (1997) – consecutive winners of the Singapore International Film Festival’s (SGIFF) Special Jury Prize. His first feature film A Yellow Bird premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was in competition at SGIFF in 2016.
Ghazi Alqudcy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from film.factory, an intensive programme created by the Hungarian film director Béla Tarr. He has produced more than 50 short films, which screened at various international film festivals in Europe and Asia. In 2014, he produced a feature length omnibus documentary Lost in Bosnia, which screened to critical acclaim. His directorial debut feature length film, Temporary Visa, shot entirely in Bosnia Herzegovina, is currently in post-production.
Wesley Leon Aroozoo is a filmmaker and lecturer based in Singapore. He has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University Tisch Asia. His short films have been screened at international film festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam. His first feature documentary I Want To Go Home world premiered at the Busan International Film Festival this year. In addition to the documentary, I Want To Go Home is also a published novel.
Jasmine Ng is a filmmaker with extensive experience directing and executive-producing in Singapore. Her first feature, Eating Air, co-directed with Kelvin Tong, broke new ground for Singapore and made its mark on the international film festival circuit. She also conceptualised many cross-disciplinary works, including Both Sides, Now, an installation project engaging with communities on issues about death and dying.
ONLINE DISTRIBUTION OF INDIE FILMS
Co-organised with Mocha Chai Laboratories
26 NOV, SUN / 1:00PM / 90 MIN
Video-on-demand and subscription-based streaming sites seem to go hand-in-hand with most films being released today. Once a film has exhausted its run at festivals and the theatres, the likelihood of seeing it online through a streaming media channel is usually high, and the ready accessibility is a welcome addition to the convenience of viewers. But what exactly should you note before you even think about putting your film out on these platforms? From pre-production to budgeting and post-production, our speakers share their personal experiences and lessons learnt.
Boo Junfeng has written and directed two feature films – Sandcastle (2010) and Apprentice (2016), and several award-winning short films. Sandcastle, his debut feature, was invited to Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week and was listed by The Wall Street Journal as one of Asia’s most notable films of 2010. Apprentice premiered in 2016 at Cannes Film Festival under the Un Certain Regard section in the Official Selection. To date, Apprentice has screened at more than 70 festivals around the world and was Singapore’s official entry to the 2017 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category.
Asra Aman is a TV producer with Papahan Films Pte Ltd and is the driving force behind hit series, Papa, Rock! (2011), and the two-decade spanning drama, BFF (2011). She has since gone on to produce other dramas such as Mr Perfect (2011), the 10-year anniversary SARS docu-drama, and multi-platform storytelling dramas such as Firasat (2014). In 2014, she produced her first feature film, Banting, which was successfully released in Singapore theatres to positive reviews.
Vincent Quek is the founder and CEO of Anticipate Pictures, a local film distribution company that focuses on European arthouse, US independent films and documentaries around the world, bringing them into the Singapore market for meaningful distribution. Before Anticipate, he worked at The Substation, a non-profit arts centre for the now-defunct Moving Images program, which championed local filmmakers’ works in Singapore and overseas. He holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Warren Sin is a film programmer at the National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque between 2008 and 2017. He is responsible for several retrospectives focusing on significant film directors from Federico Fellini to Hou Hsiao-hsien, as well as various cinema related programmes. He is also the key programmer for the annual Singapore Short Cuts programme during his tenure at the Cinematheque. Currently, he aggregates films for digital platforms at A Little Seed.
Mocha Chai Laboratories is Singapore’s first digital film lab that offers a full range of digital cinema services for filmmakers, exhibitors, distributors and producers, locally and internationally. The lab has handled local and international projects, such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Jobs, Ah Boys to Men I & II, and is currently serving cinemas in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and other parts of Asia.
FUTURE OF CINEMA: CONNECTING THROUGH VR
25 NOV, SAT / 1:00PM / 150 MIN
Future of Cinema takes a look at current trends and new developments in the field of navigating technology and online presence for storytellers, filmmakers and other content creators.
In this panel, we delve deeper into how VR technology expands the horizons for filmmakers and storytellers. From social commentaries, to thoughtful narratives and provocative documentaries, the innovation seen from storytellers these days transcend film, television and other traditional forms of media. They are now modes of delivering information, entertainment and comprehensive experiences to the people who are seeing it, making the connection with audiences all the more meaningful.
Sandra Rodriguez is a Canadian filmmaker, creative director (interactive/film) and sociologist of new media technology. As a filmmaker, she has directed, written and produced award winning documentary films, broadcasted and exhibited internationally, before pushing creation into the interactive realm. Today, she heads the Creative Reality Lab at EyeSteelFilm, an Emmy-awarded company based in Montreal.
Born in Australia, Aaron Wilson has made numerous short films that have screened at more than 100 festivals, and acquired numerous international sales and awards. His short film Feng (Wind) was awarded Best Short Film at the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival in 2007. In 2013, his first feature film, Canopy, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His recent VR projects include Nowtalgia, an installation piece with the Melbourne International Film Festival, and Passion Kitchens, a VR film project made for the Singapore Tourism Board.
Imraan Ismail is a US-based writer, director and visual artist whose films have been shown in film festivals around the world including Sundance and Cannes. He was nominated for two Emmys for The Displaced (2015) — a VR film that was shot in war zones. Recently, he just finished the VR documentary film, The Protectors, co-created with Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.
Lionel Chok has been actively involved in creating digital content for television, cinema, the web, mobile and theatre since he started his career back in 1995. Almost 20 years on, he decided to upskill himself in tech by specialising in Augmented and Virtual Reality. Today, he not only runs his very own startup, iMMERSiVELY, which specialises in Immersive Technologies, he is also a contributor for VR at Forbes Asia, and a much sought after speaker and presenter in AR and VR.