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15 Short Films you shouldn’t miss at the 32nd Singapore International Film Festival

These are fifteen short films you shouldn’t miss at the 32nd Singapore International Film Festival which is taking place from November 25th until December 5th, 2021.

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 –

A Man Trembles by Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen – Singapore | 2021 – 23 minutes
Section: Southeast Asian Short Film Competition | Asian Premiere

Set against the backdrop of the Asian Financial Crisis, a family confronts a mysterious entity at the island of Sentosa on their last day on Earth. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 28th, 2021 | Sunday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 7 | 3:30 pm (Sold Out)

Trailer:

Auntie Oh Lives in Your Memories by Katheleen Bu – Singapore | 2021 – 15 minutes
Section: Singapore Panorama | World Premiere

With all flights halted, a disillusioned baggage claim worker finds a new purpose in life when she goes on trips around the world in a magical luggage storage room. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
December 4th, 2021 | Saturday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 8 | 1:00 pm (Sold Out)

Trailer:

Boys Will Be Boys by Shannen Mok – Singapore | 2021 – 21 minutes
Section: Singapore Panorama | World Premiere

Thomas rekindles his feelings for his ex-best friend Chanel after she tells him about her breakup. When rumours of her compromising photos start to spread around the school, the schoolboy decides to confront her ex-boyfriend. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
December 4th, 2021 | Saturday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 8 | 1:00 pm (Sold Out)

Trailer:

Elephants in the city by Dam Quang Trung – Vietnam | 2021 – 16 minutes
Section: Southeast Asian Short Film Competition | Singapore Premiere

A young woman meets up with her ex-boyfriends in a zoo, while a married teacher juggles an affair with a security guard in this study of human relationships amidst urbanisation. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 28th, 2021 | Sunday | FIlmgarde Bugis+ 7 | 6:30 pm (Selling Fast!)

Trailer:

February 1st by Mo Mo, Lei Macaire – France, Myanmar | 2021 – 12 minutes
Section: Southeast Asian Short Film Competition | World Premiere

Through diaristic entries, a pair of Burmese and French filmmakers negotiate their changing relationship with Myanmar amidst the country’s military coup in 2021. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 28th, 2021 | Sunday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 7 | 1:00 pm (Selling Fast!)

Gone are the Moat and the Walls by Joshuah Lim En – Singapore | 2021 – 18 minutes
Section: Singapore Panorama | World Premiere

After being away for two decades, a Taoist man returns from Fujian to Singapore in search of old friends and contends with the dying traditions of his belief. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 30th, 2021 | Tuesday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 8 | 6:45 pm (Selling Fast!)

Trailer:

In Between the Moon and the Sun by Ang Zheng Xiang – Singapore | 2021 – 18 minutes
Section: Singapore Panorama | World Premiere

Faking the death of their autistic daughter, Noor’s husband finally assumes the position of an imam. Noor now navigates through their rural life while concealing another truth from her husband. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 30th, 2021 | Tuesday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 8 | 6:45 pm (Selling Fast!)

Trailer:

Lemongrass Girl by Porn Bunsermivicha – Thailand | 2021 – 18 minutes
Section: Southeast Asian Short Film Competition

As dark clouds begin to gather, a young female production manager is tasked to carry out the tradition of planting a lemongrass upside down on set. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 28th, 2021 | Sunday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 7 | 6:30 pm (Selling Fast!)

Trailer:

Limbo by Ashraf Arshad – Singapore | 2021 – 17 minutes
Section: Singapore Panorama

A son from a deeply religious family is in the midst of burying his deceased father. Not just the dead but also the living are trapped in a state of limbo, all with questions that no one has the answers to. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 30th, 2021 | Tuesday | Filmgarde Bugis+8 | 6:45 pm (Selling Fast!)

Trailer:

New Abnormal by Sorayos Prapapan – Thailand, South Korea, Singapore | 2021 – 14 minutes
Section: Southeast Asian Short Film Competition | Singapore Premiere

Based on true stories, New Abnormal depicts vignettes of Thai people living in an oppressive regime during the Covid-19 pandemic. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 28th, 2021 | Sunday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 7 | 1:00 pm (Selling Fast!)

Trailer:

Raśmi by Sarker Protick – Bangladesh | 2021 – 9 minutes
Section: Undercurrent | Southeast Asian Premiere

Raśmi (‘ray of light’ in Bengali) is a video projection made up of photographs taken on a mobile phone over the course of three years. Placed side by side in a triptych, the images snap in and out to the beat of an atmospheric soundscape, and are readily replaced by stills of Earth’s other ephemeral occurrences. As each set of images becomes increasingly abstract, they transcend their everydayness, inching towards an exploration of the expansive scope of the cosmic. The film locates the personal within the universe, attesting to the visceral experience of living, regardless of what form it may take. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
December 1st, 2021 | Wednesday | Filmgarde Bugis+3 | 6:45 pm (Screens together with El Gran Movimiento)

Trailer:

Retrace by Tran Thi Ha Trang – Vietnam | 2021 – 30 minutes
Section: Southeast Asian Short Film Competition | World Premiere

During the flood season, a boy and his father travel to a rural mountainous village to attend his grandfather’s funeral, each dealing with grief in his own way. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 28th, 2021 | Sunday | Filmgarde Bugis+7 | 3:30 pm (Sold Out)

Trailer:

Side by Side by Polen Ly – Cambodia | 2021 – 21 minutes
Section: Southeast Asian Short Film Competition

An elderly couple recounts their secret past, and their granddaughter finds out that their peculiar union was borne out of survival instead of love during the Khmer Rouge. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
November 28th, 2021 | Sunday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 7 | 1:00 pm (Selling Fast!)

Trailer:

The Hole by Han Ok-hi – South Korea | 2021 – 9 minutes
Section: Domain – Singapore Premiere

In this wildly abstract and psychedelic short film, a mysterious young man held in prison escapes to the vibrant metropolis, only to find that captivity may have been the better choice. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
December 4th, 2021 | Saturday | Oldham Theatre | 1:00 pm (Selling Fast!)

Time Flows in Strange Ways on Sundays by Giselle Lin – Singapore | 2021 – 17 minutes
Section: Singapore Panorama | Southeast Asian Premiere

With the impending marriage of her late son’s childhood sweetheart, a mother’s sense of loss is renewed as she struggles to let go of the past. (SGIFF 2021)

Screening Date:
December 4th, 2021 | Saturday | Filmgarde Bugis+ 8 | 1:00 pm (Sold Out)

Trailer:

For more information, please go to: https://sgiff.com

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