MAKING ALTERNATIVE GENRE FILMS IN SINGAPORE
A seminar by independent filmmaker Tzang Merwyn Tong
A seminar with independent filmmaker Tzang Merwyn Tong
Tues 13 Aug 2019, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Objectifs Workshop Space
Seminar Fee: $30
What are the challenges unique to making alternative genre films in Singapore? Hear from independent / underground filmmaker Tzang Merwyn Tong, who has been making genre films since 1999, about his experiences and processes in this seminar suitable both for current and aspiring genre filmmakers, as well as enthusiasts.
In this 2h seminar, Tzang will cover the following:
- What is alternative genre film? International, regional and local examples
- Overview of his career and body of alternative genre films
- Idea generation and development — however far-out and fantastic
- Challenges unique to making alternative genre films in Singapore — and how to turn challenges into advantages
- Idea generation exercise
- Pitching these ideas
- Finding an audience for your films: creative ways to market alternative genre films amidst competition from regional and international players
- Q&A session and informal networking
About Tzang Merwyn Tong
Tzang Merwyn Tong is a Singaporean independent / underground filmmaker known for offbeat films often set in surreal worlds. His films include Faeryville (2015), V1K1 (Gold Remi Award at Houston WorldFest 2011), A Wicked Tale (World Premiere at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2005) and e’Tzaintes (Opening Night Film at Berlin Asia Pacific Film Festival 2003).
A graduate of the 2005 Berlin Talent Campus, Tzang’s works have traveled to critical acclaim and full house crowds in film festivals in Rotterdam, Montreal, Berlin, Potsdam, Munich, Tel Aviv, Lund, and Leeds. His works were featured in publications like Res, Cinependent, Montreal Mirror, Fangoria and Rue Morgue. Tzang is a former journalist/ film critic for FiRST in SPH Magazines. He is currently a Lecturer with the School of Technology for the Arts at Republic Polytechnic.
Header image credit: Tzang Merwyn Tong