Tuesday, August 24, 2010
6th Singapore Short Film Fest has The Wind and a ton of other Thai shorts
Last year I attended the Singapore Short Film Festival for the first time, and was looking forward to going back this year. However, I think because of the red-shirt protests, this year's Thai Short Film & Video Festival is delayed slightly, and so the two largely complementary events are being held at the same time.
So I'll be heading to the Bangkok Art and Culture Center while at The Substation on Singapore's Armenian Street, the sixth Singapore Short Film Festival opens with Horizons, films transcending the usual borders of space, nature and time. The package includes the world premiere of The Wind (Ror Lom) by Tulapop Saenjaroen, a young filmmaker who's part of Anocha Suwichakornpong's Electric Eel crew.
In fact, there's another Electric Eel production in the fest: the award-winning Four Boys, White Whisky and Grilled Mouse showing as part of the S-Express Thailand program curated by the Thai Film Foundation's Sanchai Cotirosseranee.
Other S-Express Thailand selections are Prisoner by Prachaya Lampongchat; last year's top Payut Ngaokrachang Medal winner at the 13th Thai Short Film & Video Festival Sink [Vi] by Pittaya Werasakwong; Censored by Kong Pahurak (The Wasesda University student's latest film, Ladybird’s Tears premiered at this year's Singapore International Film Festival, with help from Edmund Yeo); Nirvana by Siwadol Rathee, which looks at the prohibition of disabled people from Buddhist ordination and Karaoke: Think Kindly by Scene 22, on whether reconciliation can solve the Thai conflict.
Anocha's Old Heart is part of the Diary program, along with Motionless City by Wassachol Sirichanthanun, Tulapop's The Return and A Tale of Heaven: Cinema Forest by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, which previously screened at this year's International Short Film Festival Hamburg.
Whimsical Fancies has Fairy Feminine by Arpapun Plungsirisoontorn.
The Kids Aren’t Alright, films that speak of the psyche behind children, adolescents and youths of today, has Nottapon Boonprakob's troubled-boy story Drown, which was shown at the recent Bangkok IndieFest. It's previously been shown at the K3: International Short Film Festival in Austria at this year's Bueu International Short Film Festival in Spain.
Foreign Lands has Phuket by Aditya Assarat, which opens this year's 14th Thai Short Film & Video Festival and will be screened in a limited theatrical run in Bangkok as part of the Director's Screen Project.
An animation package has The Value of Tree by Salisa Piencharoen, which won a special mention Payut Ngaokrachang Award at last year's Thai Short Film & Video Festival. Mokhaphon Sanghirun has Destination, which also won a special mention Payut Ngakrachang Award at last year's Thai shorts fest.
There's also the S-Express packages from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Chinese and the Philippines, which are also part of the 14th Thai Short Film & Video Festival. The Philippines package is curated by Francis "Oggs" Cruz, Dodo Dayao, Richard Bolisay, who pay tribute to the late Alexis Tioseco, previous S-Express Philippines curator, and his partner Nika Bohinc, who died last year.
The sixth Singapore Short Film Festival runs from August 28 to September 5.