Supported by C47 Investment and White Light Post, the SGIFF Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant (SEA-SHORTS) is awarded to four short films this year, double the number from previous years. Each recipient will receive a cash amount of S$4,000 from C47 Investment, and post-production support worth S$4,000 from White Light Post.
When selecting the short films, the jury had shortlisted projects from up and coming filmmakers with a distinct cinematic voice, that were creative, inspiring and original. It was felt that the winners, Mountain Land: A Celebration by Singapore director Kris Ong, April Mud by Timothy John Baraceros Collanto from the Philippines, Once Upon A Time There Was A Mom by Lin Htet Aung from Myanmar and The Nature of Dogs by Thailand’s Pom Bunsermvicha, demonstrated these qualities, with captivating stories that would resonate across Southeast Asian countries.
Mountain Land: A Celebration
BY KRIS ONG (SINGAPORE)
Mountain Land: A Celebration is an experimental collage film in the style of a 1950s educational newsreel about a fictional island shaped like a human body. The film celebrates the exuberance of the body, the spirituality of music and movement, and the constant calamity and renewal of life.
BY TIMOTHY JOHN BARACEROS COLLANTO (THE PHILIPPINES)
April Mud follows Cora who returns to her provincial hometown with a film crew to shoot a military drama, with promises of bringing more business to the area. Realising too late the disruption this causes, she and her team do their best to mitigate problems before the last shot of the evening.
Once Upon A Time There Was A Mom
BY LIN HTET AUNG (MYANMAR)
Once Upon A Time There Was A Mom shows the struggles and revelations of those left behind after a death. On the day after a mother’s death, the father transforms back into his teenager-self, becoming the same age as his son.
The Nature of Dogs
BY POM BUNSERMVICHA (THAILAND)
In The Nature of Dogs, a family of four and their dog make their way to a seaside hotel in Kui Buri, Thailand. What appears as an ordinary vacation turns into a series of interactions that betray a mysterious tension in the family’s relationships.
1 Dec 2020 to 15 Feb 2021
Lorna Tee is a pan-Asian film producer and film festival curator/organiser, dividing her time between Asia and Europe. She has worked for Focus Films (Hong Kong), Variety (USA), Irresistible Films (Hong Kong/Japan), Berlinale, CinemAsia Film Festival and was the founder and Head of Festival Management for the International Film Festival and Awards Macao.
Her selected filmography includes The Beautiful Washing Machine, Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, Love Story, My Mother is a Bellydancer, The Shoe Fairy, At the End of Daybreak, Lover’s Discourse, Come Rain, Come Shine, Postcards from the Zoo and Mrs K. She is developing film projects in Asia with her production company Paperheart, lecturing at film training programmes and consulting with various international film institutions and film funds. She is also currently curating the year-round film screenings programme at the Cinematheque Passion in Macao.
A film programmer, Kuo Ming-Jung has spent much of her career in film festival management, programming and distribution. Her work as Programme Director for Taipei Film Festival, carried a balance of showcasing new talent as well as celebrating cinema heritage.
During her time at the Taipei Film Festival, Kuo had developed new programmes such as In Progress: VR and the workshop initiative Produire au Sud Taipei which emphasised script development, co-production and marketing strategies. She also edited special issue publications, Portuguese Cinema (2015) and Twenty in An Instant (2018).
Kuo has served on several juries and selection panels including for the Locarno Film Festival Open Doors, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. She had also served as Programme Consultant (2017 – 2018) as well as Artistic Director (2019 – 2021) for the Singapore International Film Festival.
Based in Switzerland, John Canciani is the Artistic Director of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. He is a founding member of the Pro Short Swiss short film association, a film curator at the Kino Cameo Winterthur and a member of the Swiss Film Academy and the European Film Academy.
He has curated various film programmes which were shown at the Cabaret Voltaire Zürich, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Centre Culturel Suisse Paris and Ann Arbor Film Festival, and has been a jury member at numerous film festivals including the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Go Short Nijmegen, Hong Kong Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, International Film Festival Jeonju, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival and more.
His film Tokyo Rock ‘n’ Roll (2007) was shown at film festivals such as EMAF Osnabrück, Alternative/Video Belgrad, Art le Havre Biennale d’art contemporain, Leeds IFF, VideoEX, Sao Paolo ISFF. He has also served as editor on an issue of the film journal OnCurating titled The Future of Short Film.