There will be five short films screened for Selection 3 of Singapore Shorts ‘22.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.
The Rating for Selection 3 is
Stigma, Style (2021)
SOUTHEAST ASIAN PREMIERE
Directed by: Cheryl Wong Ye Han
Runtime: 13 min 16 sec
Steeped in familiar waves of nostalgia, a coming-of-age story unfolds around 11-year-old Kerri who spends an afternoon by the pool at her friend Jessica’s house and grows increasingly curious about Jessica’s elder sister, Clara.
Cheryl obtained her MFA in filmmaking from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2020. She is currently based in Los Angeles and works as a production manager on scripted and non-scripted projects.
Everybody Wins the Lottery (2021)
Directed by: Eryka Fontanilla, Yang Sheng Xiong
Runtime: 19 min 4 sec
Language: English, Hokkien
Opening with a nostalgic karaoke repertoire, Everybody Wins the Lottery delves into the dynamics of a Singaporean family as they deal with the effects of the father’s retrenchment. To keep her family afloat, the mother resorts to extreme financial measures until they miraculously win the lottery. However, this sliver of hope is soon threatened when the ticket mysteriously disappears.
Sheng Xiong and Eryka are film graduates specialising in directing and editing. Constantly drawing inspiration from their personal experiences, the directors focus on creating stories and characters that are real and relatable. With their films, they hope to make sense of the complex world around them in ways that touch the heart.
Time Flows in Strange Ways on Sundays (2021)
Original Title: Yi Yi
Directed by: Giselle Lin
Runtime: 17 min
Language: English, Mandarin
Framed through delicate compositions, Yi yi (Time Flows in Strange Ways on Sundays) is a soft meditation on loss and remembrance. A mother, trapped in the comfort of memory and mourning, confronts her grief when she is invited to the wedding of her late son’s childhood sweetheart.
Giselle Lin explores the bittersweet impermanence of being in her films. Her undergraduate thesis short film Yi yi (Time Flows in Strange Ways on Sundays) was screened at Locarno and many other international film festivals.
HIS BOTTOM LINE (2021)
Original Title: 蒙在股里
Directed by: Chew Yun Yan
Runtime: 17 min 2 sec
Language: English, Mandarin
Rating: PG13 (Some Nudity)
For the first time in 57 years, Ah Guan walks the streets with his simple signboard for all to see: ‘HONEST MAN NEED (sic) A WIFE.’ His only requirement? ‘A pretty back.’ A morally complex inquest that dismantles the voyeuristic sensibilities enabled by documentaries, 蒙在股里 (HIS BOTTOM LINE) explores the motivations behind Ah Guan’s strangely specific condition for love and antidote to his loneliness.
Since graduating from college, Yun Yan has experienced different industries in creative roles that require versatility, akin to a ninja. Loyal to her passion, she will never stop telling stories and collecting funny figurines.
YOU WILL SEE (2022)
SOUTHEAST ASIAN PREMIERE
Directed by: Kathleen Bu
Runtime: 15 min 14 sec
Rating: PG13 (Some Frightening Scenes)
A young photographer, desperately looking for the perfect moment, falls prey to a supernatural camera. Immortalised in hazy black-and-white photographs, YOU WILL SEE is a gripping horror film suggesting that spirits and shadows are sometimes only a shot away from each other.
Kathleen Bu is a filmmaker drawn to themes of human emotion and fantastical concepts. Her previous film Auntie Oh Lives In Your Memories premiered at Singapore International Film Festival 2021. Her latest short film, YOU WILL SEE, is her first horror film. Mentored by award-winning filmmaker Bradley Liew, it had its world premiere at Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2022.
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