Watch apart, discuss together

The Objectifs Film Club is a monthly event featuring discussions between filmmakers and arts practitioners regarding their films that are available via the Objectifs Film Library. Join the sessions for a chance to hear from and interact with the artists.

The Objectifs Film Library is a new initiative by Objectifs that aims to be a resource for film lovers in Singapore and the region. Currently, the collection is focused on short films from Southeast Asia. Users will be able to rent some of these films to watch in the comfort of their homes and a wider selection is available exclusively at our premises at a later date, pending the COVID-19 situation.

Access the Objectifs Film Library here.

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OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #6: DAVY CHOU & PIMPAKA TOWIRA
Featuring Cambodian-French filmmaker Davy Chou in conversation with Thai filmmaker Pimpaka Towira (10 Sep 2020)

Watch Davy Chou’s First Film and Mae Nak, which will be made available to watch for free on the Objectifs Film Library from Tue 25 Aug to Thu 10 Sep, 2359h. Other short films by Davy Chou and Pimpaka Towira available to rent on the Objectifs Film Library.

In this month’s edition of the Objectifs Film Club, we are excited to welcome filmmakers Davy Chou and Pimpaka Towira, mentors of the inaugural Objectifs Short Film Incubator 2020.

In relation to their respective early works Davy Chou’s First Film and Mae Nak, Davy and Pimpaka will discuss their world views while making these films, their beginnings as filmmakers and their filmmaking journeys since, and the idea of an experimental take on what horror can be.

Please stay tuned for a recap of the session on our journal. 


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #5: JODILERKS DELA CRUZ, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH BY CARLO FRANCISCO MANATAD
Featuring Filipino filmmaker and editor Carlo Francisco Manatad in conversation with Jeremy Chua, a Singapore based producer and screenwriter (27 Aug 2020)

Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month by Carlo Francisco Manatad, as well as other short films by Carlo Francisco Manatad are available for rent on the Objectifs Film Library.

Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month (dir. Carlo Francisco Manatad, produced by Armi Rae Cacanindin, Ling Tiong, and Josabeth Alonso), which follows the titular protagonist on her last day of duty as a gas station attendant, is a “punk, explosive [short] film full of despair about the social situation in his country” (56th Semaine de la Critique, 70th Cannes International Film Festival).

Join us for a conversation between Carlo and Jeremy Chua, a Singapore based producer and screenwriter who is is known for works such as A Yellow Bird (dir. K. Rajagopal), which he wrote and coproduced. They discussed the following and more:

  • Depicting the sociopolitical context of the Philippines and pertinent issues through the aesthetics of hyperreality, rock and roll, and grunge
  • Absurd, deadpan comedy and the desensitisation of characters
  • Carlo’s short films and their world in relation to his feature film in progress
  • How his work as an editor, writer and director informs his filmmaking
  • Works by emerging Southeast Asian filmmakers of his generation

Please stay tuned for a recap of the session on our blog. 


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #4: STILL IS TIME BY GLADYS NG
Featuring Gladys Ng in conversation with Ng Hui Hsien  (30 Jul 2020)

Click here to rent Still is Time by Gladys Ng and here to rent her other short on the Objectifs Film Library.

In Still is Time, time seems to have come to a standstill on a particular Sunday. On the day of his daughter’s wedding, a father finds himself consumed with his own emotions and amidst the joyous celebration, he undergoes a curious episode with profound metaphysical ramifications.

Gladys and photographer Ng Hui Hsien discussed the following and more:

  • Their exploration of time, metaphysics, human emotions and identity in their respective works
  • Metaphors, connections and their visual vocabularies, particular as it connects to landscape
  • Their experiences of the solitary and collaborative parts of art-making
  • Intuition and intention, realism versus retaining ambiguity, the infusion of the personal into their works
  • Art-making as spiritual practice

A recap of the session is available here


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #3: DEATH OF THE SOUND MAN BY SORAYOS PRAPAPAN
Featuring Sorayos Prapapan in conversation with Tingli Lim (25 Jun 2020)

Click here to rent Death of the Sound Man by Sorayos Prapapan and here to rent other short films by Sorayos Prapapan on the Objectifs Film Library.

 Death of the Sound Man depicts two sound recordists working hard on the sound mix of a film. With his signature deadpan humour, Sorayos Prapapan (Thailand) draws parallels between audiences not caring about sound in film, and how people’s voices are often neglected, offering subtle commentary on Thai society and politics.

During this session,  Sorayos (Yossy) and sound designer, re-recording mixer and foley artist Tingli Lim, discussed artifice in sound design and foley work, how cultural context impacts their work, Yossy’s experience as a sound designer who is now also a director, what it takes to be good at their job, and more.

Please stay tuned for a recap of the session on our blog.


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #2: THE GREAT ESCAPE BY TAN WEI KEONG
Featuring filmmaker Tan Wei Keong in conversation with writer Alfian Sa’at (21 May 2020)

Click here to rent The Great Escape by Tan Wei Keong and here to rent other short films by Tan Wei Keong on the Objectifs Film Library.

Created using hand-drawn animation, pixilation and photographs, The Great Escape (2015) is a short film inspired by Alfian Sa’at’s poem of the same title. The film was commissioned for Utter 2015: Head Trips, a programme of the Singapore Writers Festival in which local works of literature are adapted for the screen.

During this discussion, Wei Keong shared his process adapting Alfian’s poem into a short film, and they discussed their respective practices in film and literature and drama, as well as their exploration of identity and social issues in their works.

Read a recap of the session here


OBJECTIFS FILM CLUB #1: COME BY KIRSTEN TAN
Featuring filmmaker Kirsten Tan in conversation with actress Oon Shu An (30 Apr 2020)

Come by Kirsten Tan is available for rent here. Please note this film is rated M18.

During this session, filmmaker, Kirsten Tan discussed her little known early short film (2007), a sex comedy set in South Korea, with actress Oon Shu An, whose credits include Rubbers ((2014).

Click here (part 1) and here (part 2) for the first instalment of our recap of their conversation, which focuses on Kirsten’s experiences in South Korea, the making of Come, and her journey and philosophy as a filmmaker. Part II of the recap will cover their discussion of Come in relation to Shu An’s role in sex comedy Rubbers, and their responses to questions from audience members.


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