Title image film still from The Adventures of Iron Pussy, 2003, directed by Michael Shaowanasai and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Can’t head over to Cannes or Sundance for their famed film festivals? Why not indulge in something homegrown that is near and dear to us instead? If the regional film industry appeals to you, or you’re a die-hard film buff, this is the event for you.
Curated and organised by Philip Cheah, Teo Swee Leng and the Singapore Art Museum, the first Southeast Asian Film Festival aims to reflect the recent social and cultural transformations of cities in Asia.
Film still from The Blue Mansion, 2009, directed by Glen Goei
The filmmakers featured during the festival also have their pulse on Southeast Asia’s most urgent and contemporary issues. These films will also give audiences the opportunity to appreciate the diverse realities of this vast and rapidly-developing region. Featuring celebrated films by veterans, as well as new work from emerging directors, this programme also features special post-screening discussions.
The first Southeast Asian Film Festivalis on from 18 March – 7 May at the Moving Image Gallery at the Singapore Art Museum. Visit https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/ for full synopses and more information. Please call 6332 3200 ahead for ticket availability.