Southeast Asian Short Film Competition – Programme 5

Multiple Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, France 84 Min PG

Every one of these films is a window into other worlds, revealing the richness of human stories and personal subjectivities.

Elephants in the city

DAM Quang Trung Vietnam 16 Min PG Singapore Premiere

An intimate sketch of urbanisation and human connection.

A young woman meets up with her ex-boyfriends in a zoo, while a married teacher juggles an affair with a security guard in this study of human relationships amidst urbanisation.

You Are 56, Still Counting and Keep Counting; I Am 25

TAN Xin Yen Singapore 11 Min PG World Premiere

A dancer in a foreign country longs for home and her family.

Alone and longing for home, a dancer in a foreign country goes on a hallucinatory pilgrimage retracing the deserted landscapes of her youth.

Sudden Uncertainty

Firdaus Balam Malaysia 24 Min PG Singapore Premiere

Two boys lament the decay of their village and their impending separation.

With news of land reformation in his small village, Frankie, who does not go to school, struggles to comprehend his friend’s eviction notice and the stark realities of modernisation.

Lemongrass Girl

Pom BUNSERMVICHA Thailand 18 Min PG Southeast Asian Premiere

An old Thai superstition conjures a nuanced reflection on gender roles.

As dark clouds begin to gather, a young female production manager is tasked to carry out the tradition of planting a lemongrass upside down on set.

The Men Who Wait

Unavailable for screening

TRƯƠNG Minh Quý France, Singapore 15 Min TBA

Three anonymous men seek gratification on a slag heap.

On a slag heap once trodden by coal miners, two strangers share a moment of intimacy, while a third man looks on with desire.

Timing & Venue


28 November 2021,
Sunday, 6.30pm
Filmgarde Bugis+ 7



The Men Who Wait will still be in the running for SGIFF Southeast Asian Short Film Competition. The film can only be passed for public screening with edits and in accordance to SGIFF’s policy not to screen films that would require cuts, the film will be made unavailable for screening in Programme 5. We appreciate your kind understanding.

All guests must present proof of vaccination (either via TraceTogether or HealthHub app) before entering the halls.

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