Celebrating the richness and diversity of Southeast Asian short films
Chapel Gallery, Objectifs
14 Jul to 11 Sep 2022
Exhibition Opening: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 12pm to 9pm
Alternative Voices: A Conversation with Boo Junfeng and Phoebe Pua, Moderated by Vincent Quek |
Wed 20 Jul, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Held at Objectifs. Please click here to register.
Southeast Asia Now: A Conversation with Thong Kay Wee and Nicole Midori Woodford, Moderated by Leong Puiyee |
Wed 3 Aug, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Held at Objectifs. Please click here to register.
Experimental Shorts: A Conversation with Toh Hun Ping and Daniel Hui, Moderated by Viknesh Kobinathan |
Wed 17 Aug, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Held at Objectifs. Please click here to register.
Artist talks with student filmmakers
Programme details forthcoming.
Welcome to Objectifs Cinema: Now Showing, a celebration of the richness and diversity of Southeast Asian short films. It is an exhibition that hopes to gather film lovers of all backgrounds through screenings, talks, sharing sessions, and a film memorabilia showcase. It aims to set the stage for deeper discussions and a broader understanding of short films from the region.
The short film format has long been a playground for alternative forms of expression, and has become one of the key ways in which filmmakers and artists in Southeast Asia have explored new visual languages and ways of sharing lived experience. It is cinema that resists and transcends geographical, historical, and artistic boundaries, that brings people together while beholding its uniqueness.
As a space that champions Southeast Asian stories, programming, promoting and nurturing the development of short films is integral to Objectifs. Since the early years of its founding, it has been affiliated with the region’s film scene as a producer, exhibitor and distributor. These shifts reflect the efforts of an independent arts centre to respond to the changes in how short films have been made and seen, and the importance of making space for this vital art form.
Over the course of this exhibition, the exhibition will screen films from the Objectifs Film Library. The specially curated line up will be refreshed regularly. More information below.
I. Alternative Voices | 14 Jul to 27 Jul
How are films shaped by socio-political forces, and how do they affect our sense of agency in return? The films in this programme showcase the myriad ways in which filmmakers in the region are commenting and reacting to national, societal and cultural phenomena. They are an invitation to think more deeply about the world around us, by generating empathy and inspiring change.
On the night of 22 May 2014, the military junta declares yet another coup d’état in Thailand. A camera steadily observes the inhabitants of a block of flats as they go about their nightly routine. Night Watch chronicles the mundane absurdity of a country where political upheaval and military coups have become almost routine.
II. Southeast Asia Now | 28 Jul to 10 Aug
Southeast Asia might be easy to define geographically, but its borders contain a polyphony of stories and voices. This lineup of films is a brief survey of works by filmmakers both established and emerging, who touch on personal stories and wider issues, and whose approaches range from the comical to the bittersweet.
III. Experimental Shorts | 11 Aug to 24 Aug
This selection showcases works by filmmakers and artists who frequently use formal explorations of texture, light, colour and rhythm amongst others to present a singular perspective. By playing with cinematic conventions, experimental films challenge preconceptions about the form and start conversations on the potentials of moving image works.
IV: Young Guns Part 1: Shorts from Film Schools | 25 Aug to 2 Sep
Talk : 31 Aug, 730pm – 830pm
V: Young Guns Part 2: Shorts from Film Schools | 3 to 11 Sep
Talk : 7 Sep, 730pm – 830pm
Get a front row seat to these gems by the next generation of filmmakers in Singapore! These student films by up and coming talents from Singapore’s top film schools span a wide variety of genres that speak to cinematic excellence and innovation.
Programme details forthcoming.
Presented by Objectifs