Thursday, March 9, 2006

More on the Digital Short Films

Following up on an earlier posting, I stumbled on the website for the Jeonju International Film Festival, April 27 to May 5, and started poking around, and found more information about this year's Digital Short Films by Three Filmmakers.

Something that the Jeonju festival has been doing since it started, each filmmaker gets $50,000 to make an entire digital short film, from concept, to shooting to post-production. This year's filmmakers are Eric Khoo from Singapore, Darezhan Omirbayev from Khazakhstan and Thailand's Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Each page explains about the films they are all working on.

Khoo's short is called No Day Off, or Foreign Domestic Worker or FDW, and focuses on the controversial subject of maids in Singapore. In addition, Khoo talks more about his film in this article, originally from the Electric New Paper.

Omirbayev's film is About Love, about a lonely math teacher who meets a former student by chance and then falls in love with the alumnus' wife.

Pen-ek's is called Twelve Twenty, about a man in an airport lobby who suddenly falls in love with a woman at the check-in counter on the other side.

Last year's edition of the Digital Short Films, which featured the works of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Shinya Tsukamoto from Japan and Song Il-gon from South Korea, played at a short-film workshop in Bangkok, so I got to see them. I'm hoping this year's films will get a bigger distribution.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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