The News: Issue 41

Published on 26 April 2016


Friends With Benefits

Ticket sales commence for SIFA 2016 — with discounts for SIFA Friends. 

Themed ‘Potentialities’, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) returns from 11 August to 17 September with an impressive line-up of 20 productions for the main festival, of which 15 are newly-commissioned works. Its pre-festival of ideas, The O.P.E.N. (22 June to 9 July), boasts 43 events, including a bumper crop of 25 films. New this year is the introduction of one O.P.E.N. Pass ($45) to access all programmes at the pre-festival. Pass holders will also automatically qualify for SIFA Friend status and enjoy 25 per cent off tickets purchased for SIFA 2016 productions. Last day to qualify is 9 July.

Tickets now available via Sistic. For more information, visit

Screen Gems

Two Singapore animated short films selected for top international animation festivals.

The Great Escape, an animated short film directed by Tan Wei Keong, has been selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (13–18 June) in France. It’s one of 216 films that made the official selection, out of close to 2,700 films received from 85 countries. The Tiger of 142B, directed by twin brothers Harry and Henry Zhuang, has also been selected to be in the Grand Competition of Animafest Zagreb (6–11 June) in Croatia — it’s one of just 46 films selected from 1,700 submissions.

Both are part of Utter 2015: Head Trips, a series of five animation short films adapted from original short stories and poetry by five Singapore writers. The series is commissioned by the National Arts Council and presented by The Filmic Eye and Singapore Writers Festival.

For more on Utter 2015, visit this link.

Cine Chats

Rare chance to dialogue with emerging voices of Southeast Asian cinema.

Who are the up-and-coming young film-makers making waves in the region? In the lead-up to the 27th Singapore International Film Festival, get acquainted with this rising community through New Waves: Emerging Voices of Southeast Asian Cinema. From 27 April to 31 August, join in the open dialogue sessions between these emerging film-makers and Singaporean artists, writers and curators, as they share how they started in cinema, their unique artistic approaches, and more. The next session features Singaporean film-maker He Shuming in dialogue with poet Marc Nair on ‘Feminine/Masculine’ (25 May).

New Waves happens every last Wednesday of the month at *SCAPE Gallery (Level 5), 8pm-10pm. For ticketing details, visit the website here.

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