New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) On the occasion of Singapore’s 50th birthday, its High Commission here is organising a Singapore Film Festival next month.
To be held on August 13, August 14 and August 16, the fest is being organised in partnership with the Directorate of Film Festivals, India.
Seven films — both feature and shorts — by Singapore filmmakers will be screened, read a statement.
There will also be workshops and post-screening dialogues with Singapore filmmakers Boo Junfeng, Sun Koh and Jow Zhi Wei, who will be travelling to the capital for the festival.
The theme for the festival is ‘Stories from the Heartland’.
The term ‘Heartland’ is commonly used in Singapore to refer to the towns and neighbourhoods where people live, gather and play.
Singapore is often known as a popular tourist and business destination, a futuristic city state in the tropics.
The festival aims to present another side of Singapore. Through simple and yet powerful tales, directed by the young wave of Singapore filmmakers, the films selected offer a glimpse into the daily life, culture and history of Singapore.
The films also showcase a unique aspect of Singapore – its multi-culturalism, where different races such as Chinese, Indians and Malays learn to live together in harmony.
Each film screening will be followed by interactive sessions and quizzes based on the films.
To introduce the festival and Singapore’s film scene, Sun Koh will speak on immigration, multi-culturalism and Singapore cinema on the opening night on August 13.
On August 14, in ‘An Outing with Jow Zhi Wei: A Production Talk’, Wei will share his journey as a filmmaker.
Femme Sauvage is an interactive session with Sun Koh, who will speak about her journey as a female filmmaker in Singapore.
The festival will round off on August 16, with a Masterclass on the making of short films by Junfeng.
The festival will be accompanied by a photography exhibition, featuring images that reveal facets of Singaporean culture and society.
Other Singapore offerings such as snacks, souvenirs and photo booths will also be available at the venue.