Some good news

Posted in News by being on May 12, 2010

1. After playing to full-house audience in Buenos Aires, Red Dragonflies by Liao Jiekai won the Special Jury Prize in the Jeonju International Film Festival. The Special Jury Prize, also known as the JB Bank Award of KW7m, is awarded by the International Competition Jury made up of critic/curators Philip Cheah and Michael Witt and filmmakers Nacer Khemir, Bae Chang-ho and Lav Diaz.

They praised Red Dragonflies as “a film that we valued above all for its mysterious evocation of Singapore’s disappearing history – both social and personal – and its gentle depiction of innocence and passing youth […] We felt that there were moments in this small, relatively low-budget, non-formulaic film by first time director Liao Jiekai that displayed great sensitivity and promise for the future.

More here on
Screen International http://www.allbusiness.com/trends-events/arts-festivals-exhibitions/14413552-1.html and
Zaobao 本地电影《红蜻蜓》 韩国全州电影节夺奖 http://www.zaobao.com/fk/fk100512_014.shtml
Sindie Interview with filmmaker
A Nutshell Review http://anutshellreview.blogspot.com/2010/05/red-dragonflies-wins-at-jeonju.html

2. Red Dragonflies by Liao Jiekai and White Days by Lei Yuan Bin each screened to 2 large halls of full-house audience in Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films (BAFICI), ranked top 10 in terms of audience by www.filmfestivalworld.com.

3.  In The House Of Straw by Chris Yeo Siew Hua and Memories Of A Burning Tree by Sherman Ong screened to full-house audience at the Singapore International Film Festival. The latter is the only Singapore film selected for the Asian Feature Film Competition.

4. Flooding in the Time of Drought by Sherman Ong was just shown at the Barcelona Asian Film Festival.

5. Matahari by Azharr Rudin was one of 10 projects selected by EAVE (Udine and Pusan Promotion Plan) and we will be participating in the Udine Far East Film Festival and the Pusan International Film Festival.

6. Betok by Sherman Ong,  earlier selected for the Hong Kong Asia Financing Film Forum (HAF), Hong Kong International Film Festival, is one of 29 projects awarded by Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) for Script & Project development.

7. For I’ve Loved by Lai Weijie and Elizabeth Wijay is on schedule and will shoot in Siem Reap in June!

8. 3 projects from 13 Little Pictures have been selected by MDA to bring to the Cannes Market: Bridge by Daniel Hui, For I’ve Loved by Lai Weijie and Elizabeth Wijay and Matahari by Azharr Rudin.

9. We have 3 new completed short films – Sayang and Rumah Sendiri by Daniel Hui and When the End of Winter Is Almost Spring (for Singapore International Arts Festival) by Sherman Ong, photographed by Lei Yuan Bin.

9. In post – Night Lights by Daniel Hui and Roadside Picnic by Lei Yuan Bin.

10. In development – Betok by Sherman Ong, Bridge by Daniel Hui, Matahari by Azharr Rudin, In The Absence of the Sun by Lucky Kuswandi and Redhill Close by Lei Yuan Bin.

Other Singapore films (not by 13 LP) released recently that you may also be interested to catch:

The Blue Mansion by Glen Goei
Kidnapper by Kelvin Tong
Being Human by Jack Neo
Happy-Go-Lucky by Harry Yap
The Birdsong Trilogy by Royston Tan (telemovie)
Roulette City by Thomas Lim (Singapore Panorama, Singapore International Film Festival)
Sandcastle by Boo Junfeng (Critic’s Week, Cannes 2010)
Gurushetram – 24 Hours of Anger by T T Dhavamanni (first Tamil feature film from Singapore)
Forever by Wee Li Lin (in post but here’s an interview with the cast and crew http://www.razor.tv/site/servlet/segment/main/entertainment/47638.html)

Our heartiest congratulations too: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Competition, Cannes 2010) and The Tiger Factory by Woo Ming Jin (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2010).