Celebrating the women in film and photography
The Women in Film & Photography Showcase at Objectifs is a tribute to the artists, photographers and filmmakers who have created works that tell stories with impact, break boundaries and inspire us. In this edition, we turn our focus to Asia, and will be featuring the works of 25 Asian women photographers and filmmakers.
Women have been involved in films since the early 20th century, from behind the scenes as a director, scriptwriters, and editors to being on screen as actresses. Highlighting the voices of women in film, this programme aims to showcase and celebrate the diversity and strength of each female individual’s works throughout their careers over the years.
In this inaugural edition of Women in Film, selected films from Singaporeans Kirsten Tan and Sun Koh, Thai Pimpaka Towira and Japanese Naoko Ogigami will be featured. Ranging from short experimental films to feature documentaries, the screenings illustrate their unique voices and independent filmmaking spirit. Two films, Roxy and Sussane (dir. Kirsten Tan) and Drem of Gerontius (dir. Sun Koh) will have its World Premiere at Women in Film.
Tickets are available at $5 per screening session on a first-come-first-served basis. To pre-purchase tickets, please go to: http://womeninfilm.peatix.com
22 OCTOBER, THURSDAY / 8PM: OPENING FILM, WITH POST-SCREENING Q&A
The Mother / 15 min / 2012 / Pimpaka Towira
The Truth Be Told / 105 min / 2007 / Pimpaka Towira
23 OCTOBER, FRIDAY / 730PM: SHORT FILMS BY PIMPAKA TOWIRA, WITH POST-SCREENING Q&A
Under Taboo / 9 min / 1992 / PG
Mae Nak / 33 min / 1997
Tune In / 20 min / 2005 / PG
Terribly Happy / 30 min / 2010 / PG
My Father / 22 min / 2010 / PG /
24 OCTOBER, SATURDAY / 730PM: SHORT FILMS BY KIRSTEN TAN, WITH POST-SCREENING Q&A / Tickets are SOLD OUT on Peatix
10 Minutes Later / 11 min / 2006 / PG
Fonzi / 24 min / 2007 / PG
Come / 21 min / 2007 / M18
Cold Noodles / 7 min / 2010 / PG
Roxy & Sussane / 14 min / PG
Dahdi / 18 min / 2014 / PG
30 OCTOBER, FRIDAY / 730PM: WITH POST-SCREENING Q&A
LUCKY7 / 84 min / 2008 / R21 / Sun Koh
31 OCTOBER, SATURDAY / 730PM
Kamome Diner / 102 min / 2006 / PG / Naoko Ogigami
5 NOVEMBER, THURSDAY / 730PM: SHORT FILMS BY SUN KOH, WITH POST-SCREENING Q&A
The Secret Heaven / 16 min / 2002 / PG
The Secret Passion of Mdm Tan Ah Lian / 16 min / 2014 / PG
Dirty Bitch / 14 min / 2009 / R21
The Studio aka The Songs That Sung Her / 13 min / 2015 / PG
Singapore Panda / 20 min / 2013 / PG
Drem of Gerontius / 6 min / M18
6 NOVEMBER, FRIDAY / 730PM
Rent A Cat / 110 min / 2010 / PG / Naoko Ogigami
7 NOVEMBER, SATURDAY / 730PM
Toilet by Naoko Ogigami / 109 min / 2005 / PG13 (Some Mature Content) Naoko Ogigami
12 NOVEMBER, THURSDAY / 730PM
One Night Husband / 114 min / 2003 / PG / Pimpaka Towira
13 NOVEMBER, FRIDAY / 730PM
Megane / 106 min / 2004 / PG / Naoko Ogigami
About the Filmmakers
Recognised as the first female Thai director to be noticed by international viewers and critics, Pimpaka is a pioneer on the Thai independent film scene since the early ’90s. Since 1988 she has made a number of experimental short films, mostly depicting women’s issues, including, Mae Nak, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Image Forum Festival in 1998. Her debut feature, One Night Husband, premiered at the 2003 International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival. She has worked as a producer, a film writer, a video artist and a film lecturer. She has worked on video art collaborations such as Ramakien: A Rock Opera at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts in New York (2006) and Black Air (Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008). She was previously programme director for the Bangkok Film Festival and has served as jury for international film festivals like Oberhausen and Yamagata. Pimpaka won the Silapathorn Award (an honour for Thai contemporary artists), in 2009, presented by the Ministry of Culture in Thailand. In 2014, she co-founded the Mosquito Films, a sales and festival distribution company based in Thailand.
Sun Koh’s award winning films have been screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world. Her debut short film The Secret Heaven was a festival favourite, winning the Chicaogo International Film festival’s Silver Hugo, amongst others. Sun is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2003, the Asian Film Academy (Busan) 2007, the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy 2010 and the Tokyo Talent Campus (Tokyo Filmex) 2011. She is the recipient of the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for film in 2010. In 2013, her film Singapore Panda is one part of an omnibus on the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia titled Letters From The South with filmmakers like Tsai Mingliang, Aditya Assarat and Midi Z. The film had its World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival. Her film The Secret Passion of Mdm Tan Ah Lian was commissioned by National Arts Council Silver Arts programme in 2014. She is currently working on her next project.
A filmmaker with a penchant for bold visual storytelling, Kirsten Tan’s works straddle a range of genres, but are consistent in their humanity and off-beat humor. She was raised in Singapore but has lived in South Korea and Thailand before NYC, where she completed a Master’s in Film Production at NYU.Her works have been showcased in over 50 international film festivals, including Toronto, Rotterdam, Busan, Krakow and MoMA. She has collected ten international awards, most recently a National Board of Review grant. At SGIFF, she won Best Southeast Asian Film for Dahdi, Best Director for Fonzi, and Special Jury Prize for 10 Minutes Later.
She is working on her upcoming feature, Popeye. It was invited to the Cannes Film Festival as one of 15 projects presented under the L’Atelier. She was featured on CNN International’s flagship feature, ‘Ones to Watch’, which ‘shines a spotlight on up-and-coming creative talents set to be the next big names in culture and the arts’.
After graduating from Chiba University, Naoko Ogigami moved to the United States to study film at the University of Southern California. She has worked as an assistant for companies producing commercials and began making her own short films. Her films have been screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival. She received commercial and critical success for her films Kamome Diner and Glasses. Her film Toilet received the 61st The Rookie Award of Art Encouragement from the Education Minister of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.