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 upcoming 27th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival. New Waves is a programme by the Singapore International Film Festival, with Programme Partner *SCAPE.

Dates: 8.00pm, every last Wednesday of the month.
27 Apr 2016: Gladys Ng: Capturing the Ephemeral (In dialogue with Yu-Mei Balasingamchow)
25 May 2016: He Shuming: Feminine/Masculine (In dialogue with Marc Nair)
29 Jun 2016: Tan Jingliang: A Place in Displacement (In dialogue with Adrianna Tan)
27 July 2016: Chulayarnnon ​Siriphol: Vanishing Memories – Between Video Art and Cinema (In dialogue with Chun Kai Qun)
31 Aug 2016: Truong Minh Quy: Into the Forest (In dialogue with Jennifer Teo)

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

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In dialogue with Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
8:00PM / 120 MIN / *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5)
Free seating, pre-registration needed via Peatix

With soft-focuses and dreamy imagery of fleeting moments of relationships in motion, Gladys Ng has carved a niche within the Singaporean film community with her distinct style and vision that brings to mind Japanese auteurs such as Hirokazu Koreeda and Shunji Iwai. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, the screening of her graduating short film Ying & Summer brought her into prominence and she has since been working on a series of film projects in Singapore. Her latest short film My Father After Dinner, as with all of her works, follows a very personal trajectory of her own life. Coming back from a residency in Thailand with Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit as her mentor, Gladys will be joined by local author and editor Yu-Mei Balasingamchow as they discuss the artistic craft of capturing of the personal and the ephemeral.

Script Reading:
The Girl with a Pigtail (Dir: Gladys Ng, Singapore, 2007)

Short Film Screening:
My Father After Dinner (Dir: Gladys Ng, Singapore, 2015, 15min / English, Mandarin / Rating: G)


Gladys Ng’s recent directorial short, My Father after Dinner, was presented the Best Singapore Short award at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival. She was trained in writing and directing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia, and in 2012, participated in FLY ASEAN-ROK, a filmmaking workshop held by Busan Film Commission and Asian Film Commissions Network. She is currently doing a film residency in the Thailand under the support of Objectifs, in collaboration with Thai Film Foundation.


Yu-Mei Balasingamchow is the co-author of Singapore: A Biography (2009) and an independent writer, editor and researcher for history, art and culture projects in Singapore. She was the editor of POSKOD.SG (2012) and the first editor of Sinema.sg (2006–2007). Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2014) and selected for the biennial Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories (2013 and 2015). In 2015, she was an honorary fellow in writing at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She is working on a novel. Yu-mei writes at toomanythoughts.org.

In dialogue with Marc Nair
8:00PM / 120 MIN / *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5)
Free seating, pre-registration needed via Peatix

Ever since he found his conviction to become a filmmaker after experiencing Lars Von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark, He Shuming enrolled into LASALLE and made a series of short films. He then moved to Los Angeles to further his craft as a filmmaker at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where he made a series of film abroad. Now back in Singapore, He Shuming is working on his first feature. Showing an acute sensibility towards loss and moral dilemmas, Shuming gradually found a calling towards illuminating the female experience, as evident with his constant use of female protagonists in his films. For this session, he will be joined by poet Marc Nair as they describe the junctures and disjuncture between his body of work made at home and abroad, and why he chooses to emphasise femininity in its myriad forms and situations in his work.

Short Film Screening:
• hoon/Ramlah (Dir: He Shuming / Singapore / 2008 / 12min / English, Malay, Mandarin / Rating: PG13 Some Mature Content)
• And the Wind Falls (Dir: He Shuming / Singapore / 2014 / 20min / English, Spanish / Rating: PG13 Some Coarse Language)


He Shuming has written and directed several short films that have traveled in the film festival circuit, as well as commissioned projects for television and new media throughout Asia-Pacific. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Film from The Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts. Originally from the tropical island city of Singapore, Shuming currently resides in Los Angeles, where he received his MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory. He is also a recipient of the Media Education Scheme (Film) Scholarship awarded by the Media Development Authority of Singapore. At the moment, he is developing short and feature projects, commuting between California and Singapore.


Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore. He has published six volumes of poetry and has also been featured in a number of anthologies. His latest book is Spomenik, a collection of poems and photographs from the Balkans. Marc has been part of the poetry slam scene in Singapore since 2003, and has represented Singapore competitively at international slam competitions. He was the 2015 Writer-In-Residence at Gardens by the Bay and has performed poetry in over 10 countries. He also writes songs and poems with his band, Neon and Wonder, and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine.

In dialogue with Adrianna Tan
8:00PM / 120 MIN / *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5)
Free seating, pre-registration needed via Peatix

Born in Malaysia and now based in Singapore, Tan Jingliang has since completed 5 short films such as the celebrated The Transplants (2013) which premiered at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam. Lesser known are her travelogues such as Sri Lanka Diaries and her current work in progress Notes in the Wind, which was recently shot in China. In this session, Tan Jingliang will be joined by nomadic social entrepreneur Adrianna Tan, as they delve into the feeling of displacement which is felt strongly throughout Jingliang’s body of work shot in Singapore and overseas, and also the importance of travel, of wanderlust, and the mobility of a filmmaker as a vessel for experiences. She will also present a film that has deeply influenced her as a filmmaker.

Short Film Screening:
• A Tree in Tanjung Malim (Dir: Tan Chui Mui / Malaysia / 2004 / 25min / Mandarin / Rating: PG) Note: An excerpt of this film will be screened as part of the dialogue.
• Open Sky (Dir: Tan Jingliang / Singapore / 2015 / 18min / Mandarin / Rating: PG)

Preview Screening:
Notes in the Wind (Dir: Tan Jingliang / Singapore / 2016 / Duration TBC / PG)


Tan Jingliang completed her BFA in film at Nanyang Technological University in 2013, where she was supported by the Nanyang Scholarship. Her graduate work The Transplants (2013) premiered at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam and has screened in-competition at the 2015 Vienna Independent Shorts and at the 11th Singapore Short Cuts. She participated in the Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Film Academy in 2014. Her latest short film Open Sky premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2015.


Adrianna Tan​ is an entrepreneur and kaypoh dabbler who lives on the road. In her day job, she runs​ W​obe,​a financial company for low income Indonesians, and builds community spaces for girls in India at the​ G​yanada Foundation.​ She mostly watches films in languages she doesn’t understand, and is also the co­-writer on an upcoming comedy show, Meet the Goondus.

In dialogue with Chun Kai Qun
8:00PM / 120 MIN / *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5)
Free seating, pre-registration needed via Peatix

Working within the intersections of video art and cinema, Chulayarnnon Siriphol has become a prominent artist with a slate of experimental films of myriad forms whose works are often screened and presented in galleries rather than cinema halls. While still at a young age, he is often compared to his contemporaries such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Jakrawal Nilthamrong. Chulayarnnon will present excerpts of his earlier works, including Sleeping Beauty, a hypnotic exercise in capturing a day and night in his family home that was revisited and appropriated for his short film Vanishing Horizon of the Sea, which won the Special Mention at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2014. In dialogue with artist and curator Chun Kai Qun, Chulayarnnon will talk about the experimental art of filmmaking, and reveal the personal and political core of his playfully subversive projects.

• Excerpts of Chulayarnnon Siriphol’s video works

Short Film Screening:
• Vanishing Horizon of the Sea (Dir: Chulayarnnon Siriphol / Thailand / 2014 / 24min / No Dialogue / Rating: PG)


Chulayarnnon Siriphol was born in Bangkok in 1986 where he currently lives and works. He is both a filmmaker and a visual artist. He works in short film, experimental film, documentary and video installation which are in-between personal memory and social memory, documentary and fiction, reality and supernatural. He won many short film awards. His works have been screened in many film festivals and exhibitions in Asia and Europe.


Chun Kai Qun is interested in the study of object biographies to better our understanding of how they texture and inform human identity. He examines everyday objects as a reflection of personal tastes, attributes, moral principles and social ideals. This research drives his artistic practice and materialises mainly in the form of sculptures and installations. He is also the co-founder of the curatorial collective LATENT SPACES which reinvents idle spaces in Singapore as platforms for experimental art. Chun was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2015. He received his Master of Fine Art from the renowned Glasgow School of Art, and has participated extensively in art exhibitions, residencies and collaborations.

In dialogue with Jennifer Teo
8:00PM / 120 MIN / *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5)
Free seating, pre-registration needed via Peatix

A prominent voice from South Vietnam, Truong Minh Quy has made a series of short films and is now completing his first feature film, The City of Mirrors. Constantly dealing with his country’s and his own personal histories, and the disjuncture between urban and rural space, Truong’s films display an intimate relationship with landscapes outside the city, from mountains to dense forests, the space where he invests his desire and rumination of things past and future. Joined by Jennifer Teo from Post-Museum who has mounted a series of community and art projects in Bukit Brown, both guests will discuss what it means and what we could find when we enter a forest.

Short Film Screening:
Someone is Going to Forest (Dir: Truong Minh-Quy / Vietnam / 2013 / 29min / Vietnamese / Rating: R21, Sexual Scene) Note: Patrons under age 21 who wish to join the dialogue will be admitted into the venue only after this screening.
Mars in the Well (Dir: Truong Minh-Quy / Vietnam / 2014 / 19min / Vietnamese / Rating: PG)


Truong Minh Quy was born in 1990 in Buon Ma Thuot, a small city in the central highlands of Vietnam. In 2008 he entered film directing class at the Cinema and Theatre University in Ho Chi Minh City. After one year, he decided to quit the school to pursuit his independent filmmaking path. In 2012, he was a fellow of AFA (Asian Film Academy, Busan International Film Festival). In 2016, he attended Berlinale Talents Campus (Berlin International Film Festival). Recently, he is working at Ga0|Zerostation, an alternative art space in Ho Chi Minh city.


Jennifer Teo is a Singapore-based cultural worker. She works mainly in the visual arts scene, and is broadly interested in issues of collectivism, governance, heritage, nature, and social justice. In 2007, she founded Post-Museum, an independent cultural and social space which aims to encourage and support a thinking and pro-active community. In its current phase, Post-Museum focuses on collaborating with various partners to develop community and art projects in various locations including Bukit Brown.