2020 has proved a dramatic and challenging year for cinema. Film exhibitors, filmmakers and film festivals have all been hit hard, confronted with dilemmas and decisions about survival, and the 120-year tradition of cinemaviewing experience faces an unprecedented existential threat.
While the major players have received much attention, SGIFF wants to zoom in on the grassroots, the independent filmmakers and organisations that are the lifeblood of cinema. How can they adapt? What are some new modes of working or networks they could consider? Are traditional methods and the cinematic experience still relevant—or even necessary? What has the independent sector achieved in terms of mitigating the situation, even if sometimes only temporarily? In short, what might the future hold?
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2 Dec, Wed | 5pm
Alemberg Ang is a producer from the Philippines whose projects focus on socio-civic issues. During the Covid-19 lockdown in Manila, he co-organised Lockdown Cinema Club, an outreach programme targeted at the most vulnerable in the local film community.
Carl Chavez is a Filipino writer and producer. His breakthrough short film, Sorry for the Inconvenience (2017), has been screened at festivals and won national awards. During the Covid-19 lockdown in Manila, he coorganised Lockdown Cinema Club, an outreach programme targeted at the most vulnerable in the local film community.
Anderson Le is the artistic director of the Hawaii International Film Festival and a programme consultant on Asian cinema for film festivals worldwide. He co-founded the production company East, and its recent film, Be Water (2020), was selected for Sundance and Cannes.
Prashant Somosundram is the general manager of The Projector, an independent cinema in Singapore. The Projector recently launched a virtual cinema platform, The Projector Plus, in response to cinema closures due to the pandemic.
Aswang takes an unflinching look at the nightmarish reality in Duterte-era Philippines as monstrous terror is unleashed upon the urban poor.