There will be seven short films screened for Selection 2 of Singapore Shorts ‘23.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.
The Rating for Selection 2 is M18
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Original title: 烟熏到了眼睛
Director: Alvin Lee
Runtime: 19 min
Language: Mandarin, English
A funeral director is left shamefaced when a mix-up sends the wrong body for cremation. With plans for the usual rites fully underway, he devises a sham funeral with the deceased’s three estranged children. Alvin Lee’s dark comedy-of-manners turns a critical eye on social performances of mourning and kinship.
Alvin Lee graduated from the prestigious Beijing Film Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Film Directing. His short films have screened and won awards at international film festivals, including Busan, Clermont-Ferrand and Hong Kong.
Visions From My Scalp
Director: Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen
Runtime: 5 min
Streaks of hair and colours weave together furiously, imploding into a frantic vision drawn between exuberance and anxiety. The filmmakers glued their hair to 16mm and Super 8 film leader loops that were played in overlay and modified with ink during projection in this textural expression of a manic feeling of being.
Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen are Singaporean filmmakers and artists. Their films have screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films and BFI London Film Festival.
Runtime: 12 min
Language: English, Sign Language
Through the eyes of two individuals who identify with both deaf and hearing worlds, Seeing Thunder reflects on what it means to tread the fine line between the two communities. Delving into an immersive, abstract visual and sonic landscape, the documentary amplifies subtle sensory perceptions, unpacking assumptions about deafness.
Sheryl, better known as Sherelle, is a profoundly curious and passionate individual who finds fascination in the intricate nuances of human idiosyncrasies and the everyday lives of people.
Director: Jacen Tan
Runtime: 6 min
A man who gets high from stomping on cockroaches meets a girl with the same fetish in this stylish, exhilarating neo-noir fantasy-turned-nightmare.
Jacen Tan was named as one of Singapore’s most exciting young filmmakers by The Straits Times. Jacen’s first feature, the horror-comedy Zombiepura, is now streaming on Disney Plus and Netflix Korea.
The 25th Filial Exemplar
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Original title: 第二十五孝
Director: Leon Cheo
Runtime: 15 min
Language: Mandarin, English
A man plays the part of his late sister to help his mother deal with grief, and to prove how filial he is. The 25th Filial Exemplar tests how far bodies and identities are malleable in its arching portrayal of a family bereft by a longing to love and to be loved.
Creator of the International Emmy®-nominated short form series People Like Us, Leon Cheo was selected for the Hillman Grad / Indeed Rising Voices programme, receiving mentorship by Destin Daniel Cretton to make this film.
I Love You More Than Words Can Say
Director: Liana Yang
Runtime: 14 min
Composed of GIFs and memes culled from the internet, Liana Yang’s tribute to bread-making concocts irony and earnestness in equal measure with its home-baked aesthetic. Celebrating the processes of kneading, waiting, sharing, and cherishing, the film draws unexpected parallels between the hidden labour of art-making and the joy of creative flourishing.
Liana is an artist fascinated by the mysterious, overlooked aspects of human connection. Through photography, video, sound and found objects, her multidisciplinary works question societal norms, igniting meaningful collective conversations and inviting reflection on the deeper significance of our social interactions.
Director: Calleen Koh
Runtime: 11 min
In a surreal world of sentient Butts and Hands, a celebrity chef’s outrageous behaviour on live television sparks a movement to empower those at the bottom of society. This cheeky, vividly-handled animated short pokes at the divisive, and often performative politics of equality in a hyper-mediated digital age.
Calleen Koh is a Singaporean BAFTA-nominated animation director. She enjoys turning difficult topics into whacky stories using crazy sexy characters, like anthropomorphic sushis, phallic Crayola-coloured children, or walking butts, in her manic animated films.
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