Septfest 2015: Asian Film Symposium (Saturday, 12 September 2015)

by The Substation Moving Images & Objectifs: Centre for Photography and Film

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Returning after a hiatus of six years, Objectifs and The Substation are proud to announce the return of Asian Film Symposium (AFS). AFS showcases short films from partner countries in South-East Asia, where film programmers are invited to curate cutting-edge short films from their respective countries and share them with the local audience. In addition, through intimate dialogue sessions, AFS provides a vital platform for sharing and exchange among filmmakers, critics and programmers, encouraging dialogue between these key players in regional independent film industries, in the presence of an audience who will hear them debate and discuss pertinent topics that affect cinema in the region today.

This 2015 edition of AFS features the theme: Pop! Culture. Deemed as the 'culture of the people', pop culture encompasses the collection of ideals and ideas influenced mainly by the mass media. From fashion, television, language, music and films, these elements very much make up the contemporary aspects of our lives. Pop Culture is everywhere; we talk about it, we read about it and in some ways, we are obsessed about it. How does pop culture affect or influence our society? Through these short films, the notion of pop culture will be explored from an Asian perspective.

This year's Country-In-Focus is Taiwan. A special program curated by Taipei International Film Festival curator Kuo Ming-Jung will be presented on Saturday 12th September, with the curator in attendance.

Their respective curators and a filmmaker will represent all countries featured in Asian Film Symposium. Asian Film Symposium 2015 is supported by "Watch Local", an initiative under the Singapore Film Commission.

Rating for these films are TBA.

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Screening 1 - 11am to 12.30pm / 73 mins / Rating TBA
  1. Dino by Edward Gunawan / 15 mins / Indonesia / PG
  2. Nunui by Chanya Hetayothin / 4 mins / Thailand / G
  3. Pilem Pertamaku by Vincent Jose / 4 mins / Indonesia / PG
  4. A Fistful of Pebbles by Somchanrith Chap / 7 mins / Cambodia
  5. Breathe by Twatpong Tangsajjapoi / 10 mins / Thailand / PG
  6. Rozita Binti Roslan by Taufiq / 10:06 mins / Malaysia / PG
  7. Anchovies by Zulkifli Salleh / 22 mins / Singapore / PG
1st Dialogue Session: Independent Cinema: Opportunities and Challenges To Growing An Audience - 1pm to 2pm

Exposure and discourse about independent cinema has improved since the dawn of the connected age. However, available access to knowledge of alternative content is not always tantamount to growth of the independent cinema. How have filmmakers and programmers addressed these issues that are so pertinent to growing audiences (for their brand of cinema)? What are some measures they have taken in their own line of work to not only grow a healthy viable appetite for their programs and films but to sustain the presence of independent cinema in their countries as a whole? Through this dialogue, audiences will get an inside look at some of the challenges film programmers and filmmakers face in the spirit of elevating a national consciousness about independent film, and what are some choices they make in an effort to grow this audience.

*Speakers TBA

Screening 2 - 2.30pm to 4.30pm: In Focus: Voices from Taiwan / 105 mins / R21
  1. Scumbag, Pervert and the Girl in Between by Bruce Hwang Chen / 15:50 mins / NC16 Consumer Advice: Sexual References 性相关语
  2. On Happiness Road by Sung Hsin-Yin / 13 mins / G
  3. Intoxicant by John Hsu / 26 mins / PG13 Consumer Advice: Some Coarse Language 些许粗俗语言
  4. Rock Rabbit by Miho Chen / 22 mins / R21 Consumer Advice: Sexual Scenes 性相关画面
  5. Rowboat by C.J. Wang / 28 mins / PG
2nd Dialogue Session: Growing up: The Influence of Pop Culture Through Films - 5pm to 6pm

Popular culture is manifested in our lives through mediums like music, film and fashion. How do such mediums affect or influence the work of a filmmaker/programmer? How has it shaped the artist/programmer they were before to what there are now? Through this intimate and personal discussion, this dialogue hopes to draw parallels or distinctions between the overarching effects of mass-market culture across countries whose cultures may be disparate but their effects may not be so different.

*Speakers TBA

Screening 3 - 6.30pm to 8pm / 89 mins / PG13
  1. Cambodia 2099 by Davy Chou / 21 mins / Cambodia / PG
  2. Isan Mars / 12 mins / Thailand / PG
  3. Jakartarck by Ari Rusyadi / 16 mins / Indonesia / PG13 Consumer Advice: Some Coarse Languages 些许粗俗语言
  4. On Duty with Shu Qi by Do Qouc Trung / 22:07 mins / Vietnam / PG13 Consumer Advice: Some Coarse Languages 些许粗俗语言
  5. Salvaj by John Cho / 12 mins / Malaysia / PG
  6. Beansprouts and Salted Fish by CheeK / 6 mins / Singapore / PG
Septfest 2015: 25 years of The Substation
Septfest is The Substation's annual anniversary celebration, and this year, we turn 25! For this important milestone, The Substation has put together a special festival of events that showcases our history, our multidisciplinary nature, and our community relationships. From performances to films, from sound art installations to conferences, we hope to bring together old and new friends in a festival that aims to look back at key milestones, and what the future will bring.

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Terms & Conditions:
  • Free entry to all Dialogue Sessions during the Asian Film Symposium. No registration required. Seats strictly are based on availability.
  • Please note that all online ticket sales will be closed 1 day before screening date. Limited door sales may be available based on first-come-first-served basis. Please check with our box office at 6337 7800 / 6337 7535 or boxoffice@substation.org
  • Please note that your seat(s) will be sold if you are not present at the door at least 5 minutes before the event commences.
  • No refunds, exchanges or cancellations will be made under any circumstances unless otherwise stated.
  • All concession tickets are to be accompanied with a proof of ID (NSF, Senior Citizens, Students).
  • Ticket prices are inclusive of $2.00 Peatix surcharge.

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Event Timeline
  • The event description was updated. Diff 2015-09-01 06:01:36
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Sat Sep 12, 2015
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM SGT
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Screening 1 - 11am to 12.30pm $10.00
Screening 2 - 2.30pm to 4.30pm $10.00
Screening 3 - 6.30pm to 8pm $10.00

On sale until Sep 11, 2015, 12:00:00 PM

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