Clockwise from top right: 'The Cool School', 'Marina Avramovich: The Artis is Present', Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Radiant Child' & Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry'
With the scene already brimming with film festivals (about 10 according to our last count) from January to December, what does a festival organiser have to do to come up with an exciting new concept to bring in the movie buffs?
Perhaps combine three of Singaporeans’ top passions: their love for eating, going out to the movies and hanging out at the beach.
And that’s just what creative agency Social Services are doing for the upcoming Art-in-Film Festival at Dusk.
The event, which will run from 7 to 16 March, will screen a series of nine films about art – all taking place outdoors on the beach.
Organised by Social Services, the non-profit arm of independent creative agency The Secret Little Agency, the festival will be held at Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa and will showcase a total of nine films about art and artists. Tickets cost $19 to $56, depending on the food package.
Festival director Hanyi Lee tells inSing that the aim of the festival is to bring the experience back into film-watching through a mix of food, film, art and festivities.
“We started this with a simple intent of being a different kind of event, one that was new to Singapore. Hopefully, festival goers will like the concept and we will be able to build on any future editions,” she says.
Lee also hopes that the festival is a good way to introduce more people to the world of art. “Art allows you to lose yourself and emerge with a different point of view. And as film-watching is one of the nation's favourite pastimes, this made it the best entry point to explore the more niche subject of art. In a similar vein, we would love if our festival attendees come and lose themselves in the event, and leave with a different point of view, even if it is in the smallest of ways,” she expresses.
‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ trailer
Highlights lineup include ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ (7 Mar | 8pm; 14-15 Mar | 10pm) a documentary of China’s most famous and outspoken visual artist and dissident. Directed by Alison Klayman, the movie is an interesting character study of one of China’s most compelling figures.
Also on the programme is ‘Jean Michel Basquiat: A Radiant Child’ (9 Mar | 10pm; 12 Mar | 8pm), an intimate portrait of the bad boy of the ’80s art scene. 'Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present' (8 Mar | 7.30pm; 16 Mar | 10pm) traces the prolific career of Marina Abramović with approximately fifty works spanning over four decades of her early interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations, photographs, solo performances, and collaborative performances made with Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen).
‘Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present' trailer
The festival is also the first film festival here to be held on the beach. “The beach represents the closest thing to a mini-holiday. Get away from your daily stresses and deadlines, even if it’s just for two hours,” Lee enthuses.
Other than dining and watching films on the sand, festival goers can also look forward to some film-inspired, on-site performances by How Drama as well as several surprises to make the experience a little more hands-on.
Art-in-Film Festival at Dusk | 7-16 Mar | Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa | Tickets $19 (includes popcorn), $56 (includes main course and a drink); $50 (daybed package, up to four tickets; includes popcorn and a la carte service)