Co-presented by Objectifs and The Substation
10 to 13 September 2015
After a hiatus of 6 years, Objectifs and The Substation are proud to announce the return of Asian Film Symposium (AFS). AFS showcases short films from partner countries in South-East Asia, where film programmers are invited to curate cutting-edge short films from their respective countries and share them with the local audience. In addition, through intimate dialogue sessions, AFS provides a vital platform for sharing and exchange among filmmakers, critics and programmers, encouraging dialogue among these key players in regional independent film industries, in the presence of an audience who will hear them debate and discuss pertinent topics that affect cinema in the region today.
This 2015 edition of AFS features the theme: Pop! Culture. Deemed as the ‘culture of the people’, pop culture encompasses the collection of ideals and ideas influenced mainly by the mass media. From fashion, television, language, music and films, these elements very much make up the contemporary aspects of our lives. Pop Culture is everywhere; we talk about it, we read about it and in some ways, we are obsessed about it. How does pop culture affect or influence our society? Through these short films, the notion of pop culture will be explored from an Asian perspective.
This year’s Country-In-Focus is Taiwan. A special program curated by Taipei International Film Festival curator Kuo Ming-Jung will be presented on Saturday 12th September, with the curator in attendance.
Their respective curators and a filmmaker will represent all countries featured in Asian Film Symposium.
The 8 countries participating are:
Singapore: Objectifs & The Substation
Cambodia: Davy Chou (Curator, filmmaker) and Somchanrith Chap (Filmmaker)
Indonesia: Varadila Nurdin (Curator, film programmer from Minikino) and Ari Rusyadi (Filmmaker)
Malaysia: Tan Chui Mui (Curator, producer and filmmaker) and Taufiq Kamal bin Abd Rahman (Filmmaker)
Philippines: Shireen Seno (Curator, filmmaker) and Jade Castro (Filmmaker)
Taiwan: Ming-Jung Kuo (Curator, Taipei Film Festival programmer)
Thailand: Sanchai Chotirosseranee (Curator, Thai Short Film And Video Festival programmer) and Pramote Sangsorn (Filmmaker)
Vietnam: Marcus Manh Cuong Vu (Curator, filmmaker) and Do Quoc Trung (Filmmaker)
Film screenings are ticketed. To purchase tickets, please go to: http://asianfilmsymposium10sep.peatix.com/ .
Tickets are also available at the door before each film screening.
The Dialogue Sessions are free, open to public.
*You can also download the official Asian Film Symposium programme booklet here.
Film Screening / 10 Sept, Thursday, 8pm to 10pm / Venue: Objectifs / 81 min / PG13
A romantic comedy set in the mid 1980s when RM2.50 can buy you a packet of fried noodles, fish balls, one soft drink and an ice stick. Love was simpler back then… or was it?
Dialogue Session / 11 Sept, Friday, 7pm to 8pm / Venue: The Substation
From web series to narrative music videos and experiential video art, the short film is undergoing evolutions to form, tone and genre. What do various practitioners in the field consider a “short film” at present? In the face of prolific outputs of audiovisual content from amateurs to professionals alike, film programmers and filmmakers from the region will share their thoughts on what current pop culture has informed their understanding of a short film today, with a special focus on the shifting preference of consumption modes in the short form media.
Film Screening / 11 Sept, Friday, 8:30pm to 10pm / Venue: The Substation / 87 min
Film Screening / 12 Sept, Saturday, 11am to 12:30pm / Venue: Objectifs / 73 min
A boy watches a scary sea monster movie and becomes afraid of the sea. Problem is, he comes from a family of fishermen and is expected to become a fisherman too. Will this spell the end of his traditional livelihood?
Dialogue Session / 12 Sept, Saturday, 1pm to 2pm / Venue: Objectifs
Film Screening – In Focus: Voices from Taiwan / 12 Sept, Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm / Venue: Objectifs / 105 min / R21
Dialogue Session / 12 Sept, Saturday, 5pm to 6pm / Venue: Objectifs
Film Screening / 12 Sept, Saturday, 6:30pm to 8pm / Venue: Objectifs / 73 min / PG13
Film Screening / 13 Sept, Sunday, 2pm to 3:30pm / Venue: The Substation / 80 min / NC16
Two low level assassins are assigned by their boss to aid the legendary killer Mack. Unfortunately for them, they start off their day late and everything goes downhill in a flurry of bodies and unlucky coincidences.
Film Screening / 13 Sept, Sunday, 4pm to 6pm / Venue: The Substation / 113 min / PG13
About The Substation
Founded in 1990, The Substation is Singapore’s first independent, contemporary arts centre. Since its inception, The Substation has supported local and overseas artists by promoting research, experimentation and innovation in the arts, and aims to bring different artistic perspectives together in critical dialogue. It presents and supports a wide range of artists and programmes, from traditionally trained dancers to local rock bands; established visual artists to young poets; publications to short film festivals; to seminal conferences on Singapore arts and culture. Over the years, The Substation has worked with some of Singapore’s most critically acclaimed artists, writers and intellectuals. It continues to work closely with young and emerging artists, supporting them and nurturing their growth through its core programmes and other means.
The Substation is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant 2014 – 2015.
About Moving Images
Moving Images was launched in 1997 and is Singapore’s first year-round programme dedicated to independent and short films. It is known for its diverse and innovative programming focusing on the experimental, shorts, and documentaries, nurturing local and Asian filmmakers, and connecting them internationally.
Asian Film Symposium is supported by “Watch Local”, an initiative under the Singapore Film Commission.
This event is also proudly sponsored by