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PROGRAMME / TICKETING
  • THURSDAY / 13 MARCH / 7.30 PM
    • Speakers: Eva Tang and Kelvin Sng
    • Londres-London
    • Kichiro
    • Voor een paar knikkers meer (For a Few Marbles More)
    • Cyanosis
    • My Keys
  • FRIDAY / 14 MARCH / 7.30PM
    • Speaker: Stefan Shih
    • Flicker
    • Stick Boy
    • The Imaginary Girl
    • Fun Today
    • I Met A Real Streety Once
    • Circle
    • Tango Trois
    • Popped Collar
  • SATURDAY / 15 MARCH / 7.30PM
    • Speaker: Juan Foo
    • Heroes
    • Fruitful
    • Cheerleader
    • Shadowline
    • Foreign Domestic Worker
    • Lady Magaret
    • Flying Saucey!
  • SUNDAY / 16 MARCH / 7.30 PM
    • Speaker: Yuni Hadi
    • Masters Of Ceremony
    • Ema Shel Shabat (A Shabbos Mother)
    • Majidee
    • Mai Fu (Ambush)
    • Over The Hill
  • MONDAY / 17 MARCH / 7.30PM
    • Voice Awards Prize Giving
    • A ILHA DA BOA VIDA (The Island Of Good Life)
    • Goh Poh Seng
    • Anfangerfehler (Beginner’s Mistake)
    • For Memories
    • I Don't Know You
    • Man With Camera

TICKETS FROM GATECRASH

Screenings ($6/$4 conc.)

Group discounts and season ticket discounts available


Go to gatecrash.com.sg
or call hotline 6222 5595.

Also available at SingPost
branches, S.A.M. kiosks, and The Substation Box Office (Mon - Fri, 12pm to 8.30pm)
Info: 6337 7800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT 4TH SINGAPORE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

UPDATE

Congratulations to the following winners of the Voice Awards:

1) STICK BOY by Putnam Trumbull (Voice Award SIngapore)
2) CYANOSIS by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (Voice Award International, Iran)
3) MAJIDEE by Azharr Rudin (Special Mention Prize, Malaysia)

These films are selected based on the highest average scores awarded by the audience, after being shortlisted by the judging panel consisting of producer Juan Foo, film reviewer Stefan Shih, and filmmakers Victric Thng and Sherman Ong.

Read up about what you've missed at The Substation Associate Filmmaker Jeremy Sing's blog here!

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The 4th Singapore Short Film Festival is The Substation Moving Images’ biennial international short film event and in line with The Substation’s mission, we hope to encourage creativity and experimentation in independent artists. The films selected this year reflect such a spirit. Proudly held at The Substation’s blackbox Theatre, we aim to create an intimate environment for the artists and audience to interact and discuss about film. Each screening begins with a short talk by a local filmmaker, producer, film critic or programmer to share more about the craft and industry of significance of short films, and the evenings end with a coffee session at the Random Room.

Short films in general, are usually 30 minutes or under and are accessible, low risk, highly flexible forms for experimentation and exploration of visual vocablulary. Many of the shorts carry off-the-wall ideas, surrealist visuals and narrative hyrids that defy convention. These 31 short films selected come from different parts of the world such as the UK, the Netherlands, Israel, Iran, Portugal, and even our very own made-in-Singapore films. From a homage to Japanese slasher flicks (the Singapore premiere of "Kichiro" by Kelvin Sng), a surreal encounter with spaghetti (Marie Losier's "Flying Saucey!"), to a selection from the UK "Heartlines" series by EM Media in association with the UK Film Council, it would be a feast for the eyes indeed.

Two films will walk away with a Voice Award (International) and Voice Award (Singapore)! Winners to be announced on 17 March.

Come and celebrate the independent mind and the spirit of experimental film with us!

For more information about 4SSFF or The Substation Moving Images, please email us at movingimages@substation.org or check us out on FaceBook!

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13th March Thursday

7.30pm / The Substation Theatre
Running Time: 100 mins, Rating: R21

Talk: “Starting Short” - Speakers Eva Tang and Kelvin Sng / filmmakers / Flat Dreams, More than Words, London-Londres and Kichiro
Every filmmaker starts his or her career by making short films. Award-winning filmmaker Eva Tang and The Substation’s Associate Filmmaker Kelvin Sng will share about their individual journeys in filmmaking as well as future projects.

Filmmakers' bios as listed:

1) Londres-London / United Kingdom-Singapore / 2007 / 11 min / Eva Tang
In a city that could be anywhere or nowhere, which at any moment could be destroyed, we discover Lisa in the midst of a break-up and the 7th July London bombs attack.

Eva studied filmmaking in UK's prestigous National Film & Television. Eva's student shorts are in the official selection of major film festivals such as Venice, Rotterdam, Hawaii, etc.

2) Kichiro / Singapore / 2006 / 19 min / Kelvin Sng
Kichiro is a 16 year old surrounded by envious schoolmates due to his wealthy family background. His busy parents shower him with material needs to make up for not spending time with him. However, he is an unhappy boy who is obsessed with violence

Kelvin graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Film Production(Directing) in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He is currently a Director with Ad Infinitum Films.

3) Voor een paar knikkers meer (For a Few Marbles More) / The Netherlands / 2006 / 11 min / Jelmar Hufen
Four ten-year-olds are kicked out of their playground by two aggressive drunkards. When they realize their parents are not going to help them, there;s only one solution. They have to find a way to get the toughest boy in the neighborhood to help them

In October 2006, it premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival and has won several awards at various festivals.

4) Cyanosis / Iran / 2007 / 30 min / Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
In Tehran streets, you can't find any working painter, except Jamshid Aminfar. Trying to promote his life and work conditions, his friends decide to orgainze an exhibtion for his paintings in a gallery. While preparing his works, he falls in love with Alice, a French girl.

Rokhsareh has a BA in cinema and a MA in animation. As a practical result of her researches for her MA thesis, she made "Cyanosis", a 30 minutes documentary included with 10 miuntes of animation.

5) My Keys / Singapore / 2007 / 8 min / Ting Szu Kiong
Tim wakes up to prepare for a new day of work with enthusiasm just like any other day. To his dismay, he couldn't find his keys toget out of the house. Desperate, he turns to the altar and pleaded for help from the Goddess of Mercy. His fate lies in her hands.

Londres-London
Kichiro
For A Few Marbles More
Cyanosis
My Keys

 

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14th March Friday

7.30pm / The Substation Theatre
Running time: 100 mins
, Rating: to be announced

Talk: “Seeing Short” - Speaker Stefan Shih / film reviewer / A Nutshell Review
We’re not talking about being short sighted - How does a film critic look at short films? As the key critic for anutshellreview.blogspot.com, Stefan has seen many local films and followed the trend of short films. He will share about the aesthetics and appreciation of short films.

Stefan Shih started his movie review blog A Nutshell Review in October 2004 and hasn't looked back since, writing movie reviews and covering various film events both local and overseas. His taste ranges from standard commercial fares to the quirky independents, English or foreign language (with subtitles of course!) He has developed a keen interest in Singapore-made movies, and a recent love for Bollywood is brewing. He's also a contributor to online movie sites like Singapore's movieXclusive.com and twitchfilm.net.

1) Flicker / Singapore / 2007 / 9 min /Aroozoo Wesley Leon
A young man's desperate plight to make ends meet since his parents passed away goes awry. Not being able to pay for the important medications recently , he goes to the extremes and unexpectedly ends up taking an innocent little girl hostage

Aroozoo is currently an undergraduate at NTU School of Arts, Design and Media majoring in filmmaking. His previous short films have been awarded and screened locally and abroad.

2) Stick Boy / Singapore / 2007 / 4 min / Putnam Trumbull
Alienated boy lashes out at girl who rejects him

Putnam is currently a film student pursuing his Masters at NYU Tisch Asia. Stick Boy is his second short film.

3) The Imaginary Girl / United Kingdom / 2007 / 11 min / Richard Porter
Amy is seven years old and hides from her parents in a world of make believe. One afternoon, a visit from her father forces her out with disturbing consequences.

Premiered at Galway Film Fleadh 2007

4) Fun Today / Israel / 2005 / 14 min / Hagar Ben-Asher
Sisters Nilly and Tamar go out on another "fun day" in the big city. They visit all the clothing shops they can. Nilly, the big sister, chooses a clothing item, points it out to Tamar, who steals it for her right away. Except today, their routine gets fouled up.

Hagar Ben-Asher studied at Camera Obscura Film School in Tel Aviv. Her second year film "Fun Today" was shown at several international student festivals.

5) I Met A Real Streety Once/ Australia / 2007 / 21 min / Caroline ingvarsson
Three homeless men living on the streets in Sydney's King Cross share two days of their lives, radically changing the opinions and attitudes of the young filmmakers documenting them

Selected for St Kilda Film Festival 2007, Cannes Film Festival 2007, Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2007 and awarded Best Film at 2007 Film For. Festival

6) Circle / United Kingdom / 2007 / 9 min / Mehul Desai
A young westernised South Asian doctor visits an elderly Indian woman and sson discovers the immense healing power of storytelling and belief

Mehul has assisted on a variety of short film and music video projects and was co-director on the short film "Coconut", which has been screened at festivals and venues across the country as well as broadcast nationwide through Propeller TV and The Community Channel

7) Tango Trois / Australia / 2006 / 8 min / Gracie Otto
Through three characters - The Girl, The Man and The Woman - and the familiar themes of love, infidelity and betrayal, Tango Trois examines the consequence of a tragic love triangle. Its three episodes explore the idea that 'What you leave out is as crucial as what you put in'. - Quentin Tarantino

Selected for 2006 St Kilda Film Festival, 2006 Berlin Interfilm and 2006 Australia-Japan Student Film Forum for Best Film Category.

8) Popped Collar / Singapore / 2007 / 7 min / Robert Skinner
A narrative true story of one man's struggle to wear his collar down before he loses everything which is dear to him.

Flicker
Stick Boy
The Imaginary Girl
Fun Today
I Met A Real Streety Once
Circle
Tango Trois
Popped Collar

 

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15th March Saturday

7.30pm / The Substation Theatre
Running time: 100 mins, Rating: to be announced

Talk: “Selling Short" - Speaker Juan Foo / Executive Producer / Shooting Gallery Motion Pictures
A filmmaker's short films are his calling cards. Veteran independent film producer Juan Foo will get deep into the value of short films, how they are evaluated by potential investors and international producers; how a director's potential is assessed, and thus how short films are vital to any filmmaker's career.

Juan has been in the nascent Singapore film indsutry since the mid 90s. He has been involved in 7 films and has produced movies such as "Perth" and "Return to Pontianak". Juan is excited by passionate filmmakers who have something to say and the creative craft to back their vision. A frequent film market attendee, Juan also develops and packages filmmakers and their projects at Cannes, AFM and Pusan. This has seen him incubate film projects through internationally-recognised film platforms. He has also provided the Singaporean voice for panels and has been a curator and judge for film competitions, as well as lectured on filmmaking at various institutions.

1) Heroes / New Zealand / 2005 / 9 min / Julia Reynolds
Heroes is a turn of events between an elderly war veteran and an intellectually handicapped girl. It shows us that the least likely person can face battles and be a hero as much as the steraotypical hero.

Julia Reynolds has a BA in Media Arts(Moving Image) and a BA in English/Drama at Massey University. Julia received the New Zealand Screen Writers Guild award for 'Heroes'

2) Fruitful / Singapore / 2006 / 15 min / Pigeon+on
The story revolves around the life of Dewi Putri, an Indonesian prostitute with a daughter. At the brothel, Dewi is out-chosen by a client - to a young local prostitute. Disappointed, Dewi goes to the nearby convenience store where she learns to pick herself up through the violent world of this profession.

3) Cheerleader / USA / 2006 / 26 min / Kimberlee Bassford
A 24 minute documentary that explores the quest to be a champion, the experience of being female, and the ins and outs of an All-American pastime

Kimberlee received her Masters in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley, where she produced "Cheerleader" as her thesis film. The film went on to win the 2004 Student Academy Award in Documentary and CINE Golden Eagle.

4) Shadowline / United Kingdom / 2007 / 10 min / Dan Seagrave
A weather beaten drifter finds a notepad in an old coat. It provides the clue to the identity of a missing person but the search soon drives the man beyond reason.

Dan is an artist who combines story ideas with concept work and design work into moving images.

5) Foreign Domestic Worker / Singapore / 2007 / 5 min / Eric Flanagan
An Indian migrant laborer experiences a moment that brings him closer to "home".

Eric has worked in TV & Film in New York for the last 5 years and is currently attending NYU Tisch Asia to complete a Masters Degree in Filmmaking.

6) Lady Magaret / United Kingdom / 2007 / 10 min / Deborah Haywood
Joe and Danny pick-up flirty fourteen year old Sadie and take her to the woods. Sadie gets scared and wants to go home. Joe says thats cool, but only after she's proved herself.

Selected for UKFC Digital Generation Programme 2007

7) Flying Saucey! / USA / 2006 / 9 min / Marie Losier
A giant pot is ascending from the sky. Twenty winsome damsels are landing on the planet earth, coming out of the pot filled with 280 pounds of spaghetti. A battle for sauce and survival begins.

Marie Losier is a filmmaker and curator working in New York City.

Heroes
Fruitful
Cheerleader
Shadowline
Foreign Domestic Worker
Lady Magaret
Flying Saucey

 

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16th March Sunday

7.30pm / The Substation Theatre
Running Time: 100 mins, Rating: to be announced

Talk: "Sending Short" - Speaker Yuni Hadi / programmer and manager / Objectifs and SIFF
Short films can really go places when given a chance to screen at overseas festivals and distributed by a company. Arts manager and programmer Yuni Hadi will share about film distribution, Objectifs Films, and how to prepare short films for overseas.

Yuni is an arts manager with Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, as well as the Singapore International Film Festival. She has completed her Masters in Arts Management from LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts and was formerly the Senior Programme Manager (film) at The Substation. She has programmed films for festivals and organisations both locally and overseas to promote Singapore film. Her work has been dedicated to the development of the Singapore film community as a co-founder of the Fly By Night Video Challenge, initiating the first short film distribution company in Singapore, giving talks, and others.

1) Masters Of Ceremony / Singapore / 2007 / 13 min / Rich Ho
All things seem to be going well for the wedding, the groom, the bride, the reverand, the parents and the guests have all arrived. The only problem is that the Masters of Cermony, typically known as MCs, are not there. Who,knows what other problems might just come up.

Rich founded the independent film company, Richmanclub Studios and was the first Singaporean short-film maker to be nominated in the Taipei Golden Horse Awards

2) Ema Shel Shabat (A Shabbos Mother) / Israel / 2005 / 30 min / Inbar Namdar
Three sisters from a religious family gather at their widowed mother's house for the Jewish Sabbath, all three with different opinions of their religion. Over an intense Sabbath together, old wounds are opened that force each woman to face her womanhood and motherhood.

Awarded 1st prize Woman's film for Religion Today Film Festival and 1st prize for best short in the Jewish Film Festival.

3) Majidee / Malaysia / 2006 / 15 min / Azharr Rudin
A film about men in transit.

Azharr is an independent filmmaker in Kuala Lumpur. Majidee won the Best Short Film Award at the Hawaii international Film Festival in 2006 and was screened at other festivals such as Rotterdam and Sydney

4) Mai Fu (Ambush) / Taiwan / 2006 / 14 min / Koi Leong Tian
He lives for one purpose: Revenge! He hides himself in a bamboo bush, ambushing his enemies, but there were too many . Then he met a girl who ost her way in the bush. He found out she was the enemy's daughter. They were wary between themselves... yet for survival, be dependent on each other

5) Over The Hill / United Kingdom / 2007 / 8 min / Peter Baynton
The delightful Over The Hill Rest Home helps old folks pass away the years in a leisurely fashion. Life is rosy, though rather slow, until one day when three elderly friends uncover a deadly secret that changes their destiny forever.

McLaren Award winner for the 2007 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Masters Of Ceremony
Ema Shel Shabat
Majidee
Mai Fu
Over The Hill

 

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17th March Monday

7.30pm / The Substation Theatre
Running time: 100 mins, Rating: to be announced

Voice Awards Prize Presentation

1)A ILHA DA BOA VIDA (The Island of Good Life) / Portugal-India / 2007 / 25 min / Merces Tomaz Gomes
This experimental view of the city of Bombay trusts in the narrative power of the image and creates a collage of impressions, which tell stories from the streets without needing any words.

Merces attended a film course at the European Film College. With support from Kodak Portuguesa and Phat Phish Films(Mumbai), Merces was able to film this documentary.

2) Goh Poh Seng / Canada / 2007 / 15 min / Almerinda Travassos
A recipient of the Cutural Medallion for Literature in 1982 and also one of Singapore's literary pioneers, Goh Poh Senng has definitely influenced the development of Art and Cultural policies in Singapore. This short portrait of the writer and poet captures his work and philosophy of living

Almerinda is a Toronto based video artist with 25 years of experience in indepedent and collaborative video and film works that have been screened internationally.

3) Anfaengerfehler (Beginner's Mistake) / Austria / 2007 / 3 min / Christian Horlesberger
The ingredients in this black comedy are: a bunch of roses, a youngster, a swing, a beautiful girl and a chewing gum.

Christian studied film at the Filmschule Wien from 2002 to 2005. Since then, he has made several short films and music videos

4) For Memories / USA / 2006 / 14 min / Wing-Yee Wu
Jack, aged 15, a troubled teenager, meets Brigit, aged 25, a single mother to Julie, aged 8. The trio embark on a relationship that proves to be as frail as the moment in time that brought them together.

5) I Don't Know You / Singapore / 2006 / 4 min / Amanda Tan
When do lovers turn into strangers? When Roy and Anna meet on the street, Anna doesn't remember Roy. How does time manage to almost erase a relationship that used to seem so tangible?

Amanda is currently an undergraduate at NTU School of Art, Design and Media majoring in filmmaking.

6) Man With Camera / Singapore / 2007 / 22 min / Daphne Tan
Man with Camera follows three independent Singapore filmmalers as they take their individual projects from idea to premiere. The behind-the-scenes look highlights the personal challenges and issues facing local independent filmmakers at a very intimate level.

Selected for screening at the Asian Berlin Hotshots Festival 2008.

 

The Island of Good Life
Goh Poh Seng
Beginner's Mistake
For Memories
I Don't Know You
Man With Camera

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LIST OF FILMS
  1. A ILHA DA BOA VIDA (The Island of Good Life) / Portugal-India / 2007 / 25 min / Merces Tomaz Gomes
  2. Anfaengerfehler (Beginner's Mistake) / Austria / 2007 / 3 min / Christian Horlesberger
  3. Cheerleader / USA / 2005 / 26 min / Kimberlee Bassford
  4. Cyanosis / Iran / 2007 / 30 min / Rokhasareh Ghaem Maghami
  5. Circle / UK / 2007 / 9 min / Mehul Desai
  6. Ema Shel Shabat (A Shabbos Mother) / Israel / 2005 / 30 min / Inbar Namdar
  7. Flicker / Singapore / 2007 / 9 min / Aroozoo Wesley Leon
  8. Flying Saucey! / USA / 2006 / 9 min / Marie Losier
  9. Foreign Domestic Worker / Singapore / 2007 / 5 min / Eric Flanagan
  10. Voor een paar knikkers meer (For a Few Marbles More) / The Netherlands / 2006 / 11 min / Jelmar Hufen
  11. For Memories / USA / 2006 / 14 min / Wing-Yee Wu
  12. Fruitful / Singapore / 2006 / 15 min / Pigeon+on
  13. Fun Today / Israel / 2005 / 14 min / Hagar Ben-Asher
  14. Goh Poh Seng / Canada / 2007 / 15 min / Almerinda Travassos
  15. Heroes / New Zealand / 2005 / 9 min / Julia Reynolds
  16. I Don't Know You / Singapore / 2006 / 4 min / Amanda Tan
  17. I Met A Real Streety Once / Australia / 2007 / 21 min / Caroline Ingvarsson
  18. Kichiro / Singapore / 2006 / 19 min / Kelvin Sng
  19. Lady Margaret / UK / 2007 / 10 min / Deborah Haywood
  20. Londres-London / UK-Singapore / 2007 / 11 min / Eva Tang
  21. Mai Fu (Ambush) / Taiwan / 2006 / 14 min / Koi Leong Tian
  22. Majidee / Malaysia / 2006 / 15 min / Azharr Rudin
  23. Man With Camera / Singapore / 2007 / 22 min / Daphne Tan
  24. Masters Of Ceremony / Singapore / 2007 / 13 min / Rich Ho
  25. My Keys / Singapore / 2007 / 8 min / Ting Szu Kiong
  26. Over the Hill / UK / 2007 / 8 min / Peter Baynton
  27. Popped Collar / Singapore / 2007 / 7 min / Robert Skinner
  28. Shadowline / UK / 2007 / 10 min / Dan Seagrave
  29. Stick Boy / Singapore / 2007 / 4 min / Putnam Trumbull
  30. Tango Trois / Australia / 2006 / 8 min / Gracie Otto
  31. The Imaginary Girl / UK / 2007 / 10 min / Richard Porter

* Schedule subject to change. Foreign language films are subtitled in English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VENUE

The Substation Theatre
Ground Floor, 45 Armenian St Singapore 179936
Tel: 6337 7535 / 6337 7800

 

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c 2008 The Substation Moving Images. Contact: movingimages@substation.org