Southeast Asian Film Festival

Events, What's New — By mariannerogerson on March 23, 2011 at 1:24 am

The Southeast Asian Film Festival kicked off this week in Singapore, and will run until 7th May. Run by the Singapore Art Museum this is the city’s inaugural Southeast Asian Film Festival, and aims to showcase the region’s best film talents. Showing at The Moving Image Gallery at SAM at 8Q, the Festival will feature 17 of the best works by Southeast Asian film makers, with 12 of the films making their Singapore debut at the festival.

The SAM is committed to preserving and promoting Southeast Asian contemporary art and the Festival is part of their initiative to popularise film as a contemporary visual art form, by providing talented film makers in the region a much needed platform to exhibit their artistic creativity and showcase their works. Interesting works to look out for include films that have emerged from the rise of the Philippines’s Regional Wave, such as Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s Limbunan (The Bridal Quarter), Sheron Dayoc’s Halaw (Ways of the Sea) and Arnel Mardoquio’s Sheika.

SEA Film Festival

The Blue Mansion. Glen Goei, Singapore, 2009, 107 minutes

SEA Film Festival

The Adventures of Iron Pussy, Michael Shaowanasai and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2003, 90 minutes

Also screening at the festival is Citizen Juling by Ing K., Kraisak Choonhavan and Manit Sriwanichpoom, a rare documentary on Islamic Insurgency in Thailand that ventures beyond the surface in addressing the social and cultural conflicts of modern day societies. Malaysia’s Woo Ming Jin, Singapore’s Glen Goei and Liao Jiekai, and the Philippines’ John Torres will also be showcasing their works at the Southeast Asian Film Festival.

SEA Film Festival

The Blue Generation, Garin Nugroho, Dosy Omar and John de Rantau, Indonesia, 2009, 90 minutes

SEA Film Festival

Citizen Juling, Ing K., Kraisak Choonhavan and Manit Sriwanichpoom, Thailand, 2008, 222 minutes

Five special post-screening discussions with directors and producers will also be hosted during the festival, to draw artists and audiences into dialogues and engage in discussions on contemporary visual art.

Tickets are available at SAM at 8Q and cost $10.00 per screening.

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