Chasing Paper (2018, dir. Shoki Lin)
临考 | 17 min | Chinese and English with English subtitle | Rating TBA
A mother struggles with her moral boundaries while trying to salvage her broken relationship with her daughter.
Trailer Boys (2018, dir. Yusri Shaggy Sapari)
23 min | Malay and English with English subtitles | Rating TBA
Trailer Boys follows the journey of Muhammad Irfan Rafieh, a key member of Abam2 Trailer Singapura, which is a community of heavy vehicle drivers from Singapore. Truck drivers are mostly seen as uneducated and unskilled compared to the rest of society, especially in fast-paced competitive Singapore. This film explores how young truck drivers in Singapore such as Irfan find ways to break stereotypes and improve how society perceives them through their day to day work and their trailer club.
Still (2019, dir. Khidhir Kassim)
Sunyi | 4 min | Malay with English and Malay subtitles | Rating PG
‘Sunyi (Still)’ is a short film featuring an elderly Malay woman with no discernible shortcomings except for a void that the viewers seem to inch closer to.
Flexier Than You (2019, dir. Zhiyi Cao)
18 min | English with English subtitle | Rating PG
Flexier than You is an exercise in thinking through the labour and anxieties of ‘creatives’ amongst a population that believes being neoliberal is a personality. Taking the rise of co-working spaces as a point of departure, and through the voices of two thoroughly millennial figures, this project seeks to (dis)entangle the relations between creativity, competition and control.
Vios (2018, dir. Ler Jiyuan and Wendy Toh)
20 min | English, Mandarin with English Chinese subtitles | PG
“Vios” is a short documentary that captures the last days of Vios’s fight with terminal cancer and the filmmaker’s struggles of letting go.
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About Singapore Shorts ’19
SINGAPORE SHORTS ’19 is an annual showcase celebrating the best and the most promising local short films. A critical platform for excellence and diverse thought in moving images, the selection is overseen by a panel of respected professionals across Singapore’s film industry. Alongside screenings of the selected cinematic works, the programme will also feature post-screening discussions with the filmmakers and dedicated reviews from critics.
The 2019 edition will also include a special section of older titles curated by local playwright Alfian Sa’at from the Asian Film Archive’s collection.
For the full programme line-up, please visit here.