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 28th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival end-2017.

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.

Dates: 8.00-9.30pm, every last Wednesday of the month.

31 May 2017: Wregas Bhanuteja • A Way of Living: Filmic Iterations of Javanese Thought (In dialogue with Jeremy Fernando)

28 June 2017: Nelicia Low • In the Confession Booth: Truth and Grit on a Filmic Canvas (In dialogue with Cyril Wong)

26 July 2017: Kavich Neang • Dusty Grooves: The Historical in the Cambodian New Wave (In dialogue with Chris Yeo Siew Hua)

30 August 2017: Jerrold Chong • Headless Dimensions: Skewered Relations with Time and Space (In dialogue with Mike HJ Chang)


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


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

Situated between fiction, documentary form and personal ruminations, Wregas Bhanuteja has been exploring Javanese mythology and folk practices through the vantage point of his hometown Yogyakarta. His celebrated short film In the Year of Monkey won the Best Southeast Asian Short Film at the 27th SGIFF Silver Screen Awards in 2016, and he has just begun pre-production for his first feature.

As explored through Wregas’ films and the musings of writer, Jeremy Fernando, this session will bring us through the intersections and parallels between Javanese and French thought. In particular, it will unpack the Javanese idea of Nrimo, a way of looking at life and living which informs the philosophical core of Wregas’ oeuvre, and the attitude and approach he harbours as a filmmaker.

Film Screening:
In the Year of Monkey (Dir: Wregas Bhanuteja / Indonesia / 2016 / 13min / Rating: R21 – Nudity)
Lembusura (Dir: Wregas Bhanuteja / Indonesia / 2014 / 10min / Rating: PG)


Wregas Bhanuteja was born in Jakarta on 20 October 1992. He grew up in Yogyakarta in a Javanese family, and graduated from Jakarta Institute of Arts in 2014. He has made six short films including Lembusura, which was in competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival 2015, and Prenjak / In The Year of Monkey which won the Best Short Film at the International Critics’ Week of the 55th Cannes Film Festival 2016. He is currently working on a script for his first feature film project.


Jeremy Fernando is the Jean Baudrillard Fellow at the European Graduate School, where he is also a Reader in Contemporary Literature & Thought. He works in the intersections of literature, philosophy, and the media; and has written eighteen books — including Reading Blindly, Living with Art, Writing Death, and in fidelity. Exploring other media has led him to film, music, and art; and his work has been exhibited in Seoul, Vienna, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the general editor of both Delere Press and the thematic magazine One Imperative; and is a Fellow of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore.

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

Fencer-turned-filmmaker Nelicia Low has honed an intimate form of emotional truth-telling that lays bare the unspeakable desires most would rather keep hidden. Her films uncoil the subterranean fears that nestle in the tangled threads of sibling and familial love. As she digs into the anxieties and traumas of her human existence, Nelicia’s films illustrate an inescapable need for self-expression and a constant endeavour to make sense of who we are.

Author Cyril Wong joins her in a discussion of confessional artmaking – to talk about why and how differently they draw from their lives in their storytelling; the agony and the beauty and all the attendant consequences and implications; how the telling changes them, develops their craft and informs their personal and even artistic lives.

Film Screening:
• Freeze (Dir: Nelicia Low / Singapore, Taiwan / 2015 / 15min / Rating: PG13 – Some Mature Content)
• Rolling on the Floor Laughing (Dir: Russell Harbaugh / USA / 2011 / 19min / Rating: PG13 – Some Coarse Language)


Nelicia Low grew up in Singapore where she was born with a thirst for stories. She sidestepped into representing Singapore as a National Fencer, retiring after competing at the 2010 Asian Games. She is currently completing her MFA in Film Directing at Columbia University. Her short film Freeze screened at the 38th Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, 53rd Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, 33rd Busan International Short Film Festival and over 50 international film festivals. Having grown up with an autistic brother in a complicated family, Nelicia’s films are about the ugly beauty and terror-filled longings of people who wish that they could love in a functional manner. She is based in New York and Taiwan where she is scheduled to shoot her first feature in 2018, inspired by her brother and based loosely on convicted murderer Cheng-Jie, who stabbed several passengers on the Taipei subway.


Cyril Wong has been called a confessional poet, according to The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry, based on his “anxiety over the fragility of human connection and a relentless self-querying”. He is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of poetry collections such as Unmarked Treasure and The Lover’s Inventory. A past recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award for Literature, he completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012.

In dialogue with Chris Yeo Siew Hua
8:00PM / *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5)
Free seating, pre-registration needed via Peatix

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Cambodia’s Golden Age of film and music from the 1960s. In parallel, we witness a young generation of filmmakers reigniting film culture and production in Cambodia.

Based in Phnom Penh, Kavich Neang co-founded Anti-Archive, a film production collective instrumental in its efforts to carve out a space for independent filmmaking in Cambodia. In this dialogue, Kavich will be joined by Chris Yeo Siew Hua from 13 Little Pictures, the collective that brought about a cinephilic turn in independent filmmaking in Singapore in the late 2000s. Together they explore the conditions that lead to collective filmmaking practices, the relationship between filmmakers and history, and Kavich’s fascination with the White Building – an architectural icon he grew up in.

Film Screening:
• Three Wheels (Dir: Kavich Neang / Cambodia / 2015 / 20min / PG)
• Boding (White Building) (Dir: Kanitha Tith / Cambodia / 2014 / 10min / G)


Kavich Neang studied music and dance since a young age before graduating in professional design from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in 2013. In 2010, he directed his first short film, A Scale Boy, as part of a documentary film workshop led by Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh. In 2013, he joined the Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Film Academy. In 2015, he directed his first narrative short film, Three Wheels, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival that year and later won the Youth Jury award at the Singapore International Film Festival. In the same year, he made another short film, Goodbye Phnom Penh, which was commissioned and subsequently screened by Asian Film Archive.


Chris Yeo Siew Hua is a member of the 13 Little Pictures film collective in Singapore. He has written and directed the experimental feature film In the House of Straw (2009) and the crowd-funded feature music documentary The Obs: A Singapore Story (2014). He is also a recipient of the New Talent Feature Grant from the Media Development Authority of Singapore for his upcoming fiction thriller A Land Imagined (slated 2018). The various film labs he has participated in includes, Next Masters Talent Campus Tokyo, Southeast Asian Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC), Autumn Meeting and Asia Pacific Screen Lab.

In dialogue with Mike HJ Chang
8:00PM / *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5)
Free seating, pre-registration needed via Peatix

Jerrold Chong’s practice in stop-motion animation explores the proximity between reality and imagination as it ponders upon the philosophical puzzles that lay within. Like solving a rubik’s cube, he twists our perceptions of humanity with an elegance that bridges the two dimensions, in its bid to illuminate the emotional fractures of beings searching for reconciliation.

Jerrold will be joined by sculptor Mike HJ Chang in a dialogue that will delve into the visceral nature of their craft to explore the intersections between both mediums. As they walk us through their processes and utilisations of abstraction and metaphor to deconstruct and express subjective human experiences, they uncover uncanny relationships with time and space, and a curious approach to heads as the central axis of our existences.

Film Screening:

• Ways of Seeing (Dir: Jerrold Chong / Singapore / 2015 / 5min / PG)
• Eclipse (Dir: Jerrold Chong / Singapore / 2016 / 6min / G)


Director / animator Jerrold Chong graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). An avid lover of cinema, he is fascinated by the power of animation as medium for exploring truths beyond the surface of reality. His works are often driven by a desire to explore the complexities of human relationships, and also offer him an escape from the mundanities of everyday life.

His films have screened at numerous international film festivals, including the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, Animatricks Animation Festival in Helsinski, Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo and Bucheon International Animation Festival in Korea. In 2015, his film Nascent was awarded the Best Animation Award at Singapore Short Film Awards (SSFA). He also participated in the SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab in 2016, with the project Ten Dollars, and dreams of writing and directing a feature film in the future.


Mike HJ Chang is a Taiwanese American artist and educator in fine arts. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Autobiographical information always serves as the basis for narrative exploration in Chang’s work. Recent projects such as Arrival Reception, and Welcome Door Mat, shows the way he idiosyncratically combines architecture, furniture, and text to focus on the notion of transient identity in a space where the public and the private intersect, such as a place between his bedroom door. Collectively, though, his work examines the interplay and relationship between The Clean, which is a quiet, orderly state, and The Generic, which is an empty state that is devoid of ego and memory.

Over the years, Chang’s work has produced varying effects and receptions. While it has been received with humour, other times it is poignant, or even self-righteous in its own prerogative. His portfolio has gone on public display in prominent art spaces such as the Chan Hampe Galleries, Gillman Barracks, Goodman Art Centre, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, Port Tumasik, Post-Museum, Sculpture Square, The Substation, and Yeo Workshop in Singapore since 2011.