Youth Meet Films
Organised in partnership with the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University and *SCAPE, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture and guide a generation of young writers on cinema from the region. In its lead-up and during the Festival, the young critics’ articles and video essays will be published here, on the festival’s film journal, Youth Meets Film.

Shall We Smoke On It?

By: Ron Yap

On the significance of smoking in film.

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Brillante and Raymund: Keeping it Real

By: Charlie Chua

The author sits down with the Filipino duo to better understand their long standing partnership, and their appreciation for the medium of film.

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On outsiders & the abnormal

By: Kwok Jia Yang

To be the other in a sea of “normal”

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a video with a D I F F E R E N T view

By: Brandon Chua

The distinct visual language that makes A Room with a Coconut View stand out from the rest in the Southeast Asian short film competition.

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Reclaiming the Personal

By: Ryan Lim

The personal film, and the space between abstraction and reality it occupies.

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What kind of pleasure do you seek when you watch films?

By: Nicolette Lin

What audiences thought of Programme 1 of the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition.

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Youthfully Speaking #4: A Summary of Youth Jury

By: Adora Tan and Ron Yap

To sum up the six week programme.

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Youthfully Speaking #3: A Conversation with Puiyee and Sanchai

By: Charlie Chua, Eisabess Chee and Nicolette Lin

A 17min podcast about the criteria and process of selecting the Southeast Asian short films for competition, and what the programmers consider as promising films.

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Youthfully Speaking #1: If Only We Had More Prizes

By: Brandon Chua, Ryan Lim and Vess Chua

A podcast, transcribed.

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Youthfully Speaking #2: At What Point Do We Over Intellectualise a Film

By: Alphonse Loh, Ron Yap and Valerie Tan

A podcast discussing the analysis of film.

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We Tell The Tales That We Know

By: Vess Chua

On using the short film medium to explore 'identity'.

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So Close, & Yet so Far

By: Kwok Jia Yang

A heart-rending account of the failure to connect in Josef Gacutan’s animated short, Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin (Please Stop Talking).

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‘Mad Prophet’ of Luzon Uncovers a Nuclear Waste Barrel in Disputed Seas

By: Shawn Hoo

On the eco-political stakes of Chiang Wei Liang’s timely short film.

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Blood, Bile and Guts: The Defiance of the Maternal Body

By: Eisabess Chee

On the representation of and response to motherhood in Southeast Asian cinema.

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Traversing Cinematic Distances

By: Clarice Loke

On navigating journeys and physical distances in Southeast Asian short films.

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Kitsch, Tech and Coconuts

By: Adora Tan

A coconut looks at a room reflecting on its existence.

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The Imminent Immanent: A Chat with Carlo Francisco Manatad

By: Adora Tan

Concerning disaster, family and friends.

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What filmmakers have to consider (and feel) when exploring representation and identity in film

By: Nicolette Lin

On whether filmmakers can authentically represent any cultural or national identity simply by offering stories.

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Concrete Walls: The Asian Apartment and Its Significance

By: Ron Yap

On how the four-walled apartment is a constant in Southeast Asian shorts.

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Queer Takes on Southeast Asian Short Films

By: Shawn Hoo

On the queer moments that crawl, cross and croon in this year’s Southeast Asian shorts.

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The Pathology of Ballad of Blood and Two White Buckets

By: Ryan Lim

Director Yosep Anggi Noen’s take on nourishing the heaves, coughs and convulsions of Indonesian society.

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Ungrammatical Cinema

By: Ryan Lim

Understanding cinema and its systematic language rules through A Room with a Coconut View

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The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home: The Blurred Lines of Identity

By: Cheryl Ng

Explored through an analysis of Manila is full of men named boy (2018)

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Judgement: Stranger than Fiction

By: Charlie Chua

A video essay, stranger than fiction.

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Where Are You From?

By: Valerie Tan

Reimagining identities through Bo Hai, an attempt to straddle the line between two cultures.

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What Alvin Lee’s A Time for Us tells us about love in today’s society

By: Alphonse Loh

A detailed presentation of Love in the film

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What Dreams Are Made Of

By: Eisabess Chee

On being transported into a dream world through the Programme 2 line-up of the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition.

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An Ode to Lady M

By: Adora Tan

A chat with filmmaker Tingerine Liu on everything New York City, millennial and Richard Linklater.

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Programme 3: Strictly for those with an identity crisis, so basically everyone

By: Brandon Chua

Addressing issues of identity through Programme 3 of the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition.

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Something we lost and why it matters to Programme 1 of the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition

By: Inge Handoko Shi

On rediscovering magic in cinema through Programme 1 of the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition.

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The Political, The Personal & The Ugly Truth

By: Eisabess Chee

An overview of Programme 4 of the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition told through the lens of politics and power.

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Anticipation of an Ending

By: Valerie Tan

A video essay, especially for those who think about endings at the beginning.

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