Short Film Programme: Shorts from the Collection (1990-2010)

  • February 29, 2020 | 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Directed by: Various
Runtime: 86 min
Country: Various
Language: Various with English subtitles
Rating: Various

This programme is a selection from two decades of short films that have been preserved in AFA’s Collection. Many of the films’ directors have gone on to have successful careers in feature-length filmmaking. This programme gives audiences a chance to revisit these filmmakers’ early contributions to Asian cinema and rediscover their enduring originality.

part of the State of Motion 2020: Rushes of Time film programme



Kirsten Tan / Singapore, Thailand / 2009 / 11’ / No dialogue / PG

Landscape and sentiment, inner and outer, are fused together in this visualization of curiosity. A mysterious sink stands in the middle of a shore, a symbol for the growth of a little boy.

Winner of the Best International Short Film Award at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival (2010) and the Best Cinematography Award at the Singapore Short Film Awards (2010)



John Torres / Philippines / 2004 / 3’ / Filipino / PG

An experimental poem that reproduces the lingering aftereffects of a lost love, the visceral longing for reunion and its accompanying trepidation, the polysemous nature of an encounter.


In Space

สูญญากาศ / Visra Vichit-Vadakan / Thailand, USA / 2010 / 16’ / Thai / PG

A young man and his grandparents remain deeply Thai amidst their New York environment. He enters a monastery and tries to find purpose in his new life. However, he does not feel at home there. One day, he meets his grandmother again. Will he find the solace that he seeks, between the now and the hereafter?

Winner of the Special Jury Award at the Prague Short Film Festival (2011)


The Modern Pirate and the Girl

現代の海賊と女 / Daisuke Miyazaki / Japan / 2007 / 5’ / Japanese / PG

The life of a modern pirate told in five minutes.


Surabaya Johnny

Dain Said / Malaysia, UK / 1990 / 22’ / English / PG13 (Brief Coarse Language)

This essay film explores the boundaries of documentary and fiction through an investigation into the Indonesian military’s brutal massacres of “communists” in 1965.


Sonata Kampung Bata

Sonata of the Brick Village / Riri Riza / Indonesia / 1994 / 14’ / Indonesian / PG

A boy wants to ride on a merry-go-round.

Winner of the Third Prize at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (1994)



呼吸 / Wi Ding Ho / Taiwan / 2005 / 14’ / Mandarin / NC16 (Scenes of intimacy)

The world has been transformed by a deadly airborne virus. People are required to wear masks at all times. But a girl knows her time is short. She decides to enjoy one last day with the boy she likes.

Winner of a Special Mention Award at the Taipei Film Awards (2006), the Kodak Short Film Award and Young Critics Award for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival (International Critics’ Week, 2005), and the Best Short Film Award at Sitges International Festival of Fantastic Film (2005)


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