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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 19 January 2008

 Singapore films off to a good start in 2008


Singapore Films Off To A Good Start In 2008

Local short films and documentaries shine with the support of the Singapore Film Commission Singapore, 10 January 2008 – Singapore films have got off to an exciting start in 2008 with local filmmakers competing and screening their work at prestigious international film festivals.
Berlin Film Festival
• Leading the way is award-winning director Anthony Chen, whose short film Haze is in the running for the celebrated Golden Bear and Silver Bear for Short Film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) from 7 to 17 February 2008 – the first time a Singapore film is competing in the Festival’s main short film competition. Haze is about an innocent love affair between two teenagers, and is one of 11 short films chosen from over 1,500 submissions from 64 countries.
• Also at the Festival is Tan Pin Pin’s documentary Invisible City which will screen in the International Forum of New Cinema section. This section of the Berlinale programme showcases experimental and avant-garde works by young filmmakers seeking to push the limits of the film medium. Both films were supported by the Singapore Film Commission (SFC).
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
• Local short films continue to make their mark at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (1 - 9 February 2008). Following Royston Tan’s win for Monkey Love in the Labo Competition last year, two local films will be in competition this year - Ho Tzu Nyen’s The Bohemian Rhapsody Project in the Labo Competition, and Boo Jun Feng’s Katong Fuge in the main International Competition section against 70 other films from 50 countries. These short films were supported by the SFC’s Short Film Grant.
• Adding to Singapore’s profile at Clermont-Ferrand, nine other local short films produced between 2001 and 2006 have been selected to screen at the Panorama Section’s South East Asia Focus programme. Please refer to the Annex for details.
Rotterdam International Film Festival
• Meanwhile, the Lucky 7 project, an independently produced feature film by seven up-and-coming local directors (K. Rajagopal, Boo Junfeng, Brian Gothong Tan, Chew Tze Chuan, Ho Tzu Nyen, Tania Sng and Sun Koh) has been selected to screen at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (23 January - 3 February 2008). Multiple award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan will sit on the jury to select the winner of the Tiger Award, which is given to the best first or second films at Rotterdam.
Said Mr Man Shu Sum, Director, SFC: “It is remarkable how much our film community has achieved in a short time. We are proud to see our filmmakers gain recognition from international film festivals and commend them on the hard work they put in to improve the quality and depth of their films. We look forward to more of our films creating an impact in the international arena in the months ahead.”
SFC’s Short Film Grant helps to develop budding local filmmaking talents by funding their short film projects, so that they may experiment with the film genre. Entries for the Short Film Grant can be submitted all year round.
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Source: News Release 10 Jan 2008

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