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.
Young Guns Part I: Filmmakers from Film Schools in Conversation, Moderated by Geraldine Cheng |
Wed 31 Aug, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Held at Objectifs. Please click here to register.
Young Guns Part II: Filmmakers from Film Schools in Conversation, Moderated by Leong Puiyee
Wed 7 Sep, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Held at Objectifs. Please click here to register.
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.
Films from the Objectifs Film Library will be screened over the course of this exhibition. The specially curated line up will be refreshed regularly. More information below.
The films screened at the exhibition and more can be rented for a small fee via the button below. Your support goes a long way in championing filmmakers from Singapore and Southeast Asia!START WATCHING
I. ALTERNATIVE VOICES | 14 JUL to 27 JUL
Programme Rating: PG 13 (Some Mature Content and Coarse Language)
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
Programme Rating: PG13 (Some Coarse Language)
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
Programme Rating: NC16 (Some Nudity)
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 I: Shorts from Film Schools | 25 AUG to 2 SEP
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 film schools span a wide variety of genres that speak to cinematic excellence and innovation. Featuring works from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media, LASALLE College of the Arts and School of the Arts.
V: YOUNG GUNS PART II: Shorts from Film Schools | 3 SEP to 11 SEP
Presented by Objectifs