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12 Short Films you cannot miss at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival

sgiffshorts2019We present a list of twelve short films you shouldn’t miss at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival which will take place from November 21st until December 1st (2019) in Singapore.

About the festival:
The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest running film event in Singapore. Founded in 1987 by Geoffrey Malone and L. Leland Whitney, the Festival focuses on showcasing international films and providing a global platform for the best of Singapore cinema. Over the decades, it has grown to become an iconic date in the Singapore arts calendar. With its focus on groundbreaking Asian cinema, this prestigious event is known for its dynamic programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture.

Selected Films:

Adam

Adam by Shoki Lin – Singapore | 2019 – 19 minutes

Tired of his turbulent family life and caught between identities, Adam seeks out an alternative arrangement in hopes of finding his place.

Screening:
November 29th (Friday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 9:30 pm

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Bura

Bura by Eden Junjung – Indonesia | 2019 – 12 minutes

In the thick of the 1998 political tension in East Java, Indonesia, a guard leaves his post despite rumours of ninjas terrorising the town at night, to meet with his lover.

Screening:
November 29th (Friday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 9:30 pm

Trailer:

 

 

California Dreaming

California Dreaming by Sreylin Meas – Cambodia | 2019 – 16 minutes

Two women of different backgrounds encounter one another at an oceanfront resort. They then discover a hidden bond that allows them to escape from their realities.

Screening:
November 30th (Saturday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 2:00 pm

 

 

Hello Ahma

Hello Ahma by Tan Siyou – Singapore, USA | 2019 – 16 minutes

New to America, a young Singaporean girl is unable to return home to attend her grandmother’s funeral. She tries to understand life and death while searching for her grandmother’s reincarnation in a turtle.

Screening:
November 27th (Wednesday)
Gallery Theatre (National Museum of Singapore) | 7:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

I'm not your

I’m not your f***king stereotype by Hesome Chemamah – Thailand | 2019 – 29 minutes

As a Muslim girl from Southern Thailand, Maryam falls prey to racism in school. She begins spiralling into an identity crisis, and starts resenting her name, religion and birthdate.

Screening:
November 30th (Saturday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 2:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Lanny

Lanny by Chuah Jie Xie – Malaysia, Taiwan | 2019 – 27 minutes

Following the death of a young girl’s beloved grandmother and pet, she is to relocate to the city with her parents despite their estrangement. While being told how to think, feel and behave by her parents, she reveals love in its rawest form.

Screening:
November 29th (Friday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 7:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Lián

Lián by Darren Teo – Singapore, USA | 2019 – 15 minutes

Lián and her family are stowaways on a ship, hiding in one of the containers. One day, Lián heads out secretly and discovers that the vessel has docked ahead of schedule. She now has to overcome language barriers and deceit to save her family.

Screening:
November 27th (Wednesday)
Gallery Theatre (National Museum of Singapore) | 7:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

No One is Crazy

No one is crazy in this town by Wregas Bhanuteja – Indonesia | 2019 – 20 minutes

A hotel owner orders Marwan and his team to remove the mentally ill people from the streets, and cast them into the forest so as not to disturb his guests. However, Marwan has another plan.

Screening:
November 28th (Thursday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 7:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Sick

Sick by Zaw Bo Bo Hein – Myanmar | 2019 – 30 minutes

Aung Naing’s health is deteriorating, and he has to be transferred to a hospital due to inadequate facilities at the local health centre. While his friend is desperately searching for the money needed, he is losing the will to live.

Screening:
November 29th (Friday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 9:30 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Stay Awake

Stay Awake, Be Ready by Pham Thien An – Vietnam, South Korea, USA | 2019 – 14 minutes

On a street corner, a mysterious conversation takes place among three men at a street stall. Meanwhile, a traffic accident occurs, and the night brings forth a multicoloured frame of reality.

Screening:
November 29th (Friday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 7:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

Sunday

Sunday by Kris Ong – Singapore | 2019 – 13 minutes

A young woman with a full body rash is driven to violence during a forbidden encounter with her sister’s boyfriend.

Screening:
November 29th (Friday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 7:00 pm

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Sweet Salty

Sweet, Salty by Duong Dieu Linh – Vietnam | 2019 – 18 minutes

Ha, who is 40 and pregnant, decides to confront her husband’s secret lover but the showdown leads to a sticky situation that leaves her with a bittersweet realisation.

Screening:
November 29th (Friday)
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (National Gallery Singapore) | 7:00 pm

Trailer:

 

 

We also recommended 15 Feature Films you cannot miss, to see the see the article go HERE (Soon…)

For more information about the programme please visit the official website of the festival: Singapore International Film Festival

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