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Programme

Opening Film

‘MEKONG 2030’ is an anthology film comprising five short stories that envision the future of the Mekong River from different cultural perspectives. Set in the year 2030, it aims to inspire audiences to actively protect this critical life source.

SeaShorts Competition

SeaShorts Competition is dedicated to finding and nurturing new Southeast Asian filmmaking talents who take a distinctive approach to short form cinema. Chosen from 544 entries, the 30 nominees will vie for the coveted SeaShorts Award, with the best Malaysian effort walking away with the Next New Wave Award. In addition to the top honours, the shortlist will be in contention for prizes in direction, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, sound, and acting.

Moving Panorama

Handpicked to showcase films made by a new, emerging generation of directorial voices in Malaysia, these films manifest the liminary stage of life and its in-between-ness, i.e. when life meets death, being meets yet to be, virtue meets indecorousness, and inclusion meets exclusion. It is a stage of life that mesmerises the programmer the most.

Migrating Forms

Presented in collaboration with Kaohsiung Film Festival, Migrating Forms explores the inner lives and desires of Southeast Asian migrant workers who grapple with existential uncertainties and probe layers of meanings and truths about themselves and their increasingly untethered past while living and working in Taiwan.

Best of Golden Harvest

In partnership with Golden Harvest Awards, the longest-running short film festival in Taiwan, this curation presents the best shorts at the festival from recent years.

Space In Between

A selection of works which was presented at Image Forum Festival 2019 East Asian Competition Section, including the grand-prize winning work ‘Night Horse’. The space in between creates memories, personal longings, anger and awkwardness. When everything is in pause, some things become more clear from a different perspective.

Singapore National Youth Film Awards by *SCAPE

A lineup of 5 Singaporean films created by the young minds of the nation. In this small little red dot lies a pool of talented young filmmakers with exciting stories to tell. This selection of shorts follow the lives of Singaporeans who face and overcome the struggles life throws their way.

Forum

New Normal for Southeast Asian Film Educators/ Reimagining Short Films: Walking Uncharted Paths / Reinventing Southeast Asia: Made-In-Southeast-Asia Films / Southeast Asian Film Policy Post-COVID / Writing about Film in Southeast Asia

Masterclasses

Cinematography with Anggi Frisca / Producing with Bianca Balbuena / Southeast Asian Identity with Dr Farish Noor / Film Editing with Lee Chatametikool / Sound Editing with Rennie Gomes

Workshops

Sound of Vision / Audio in Film / Lighting Techniques for Narrative Filmmaking