Wednesday, August 29, 2007

7th Asian Film Symposium

The Asian Film Symposium is back! Into its 7th edition, it runs from 6 to 10 September this year, which seems to be advantageous for working folks like myself, nestling within an extended weekend (Thu-Mon). The previous 2 editions (if I recall correctly) have activities mostly during the weekdays, and I only managed to catch up with, unfortunately, one event per year.

5th Asian Film Symposium: Eric Khoo Retrospective - 5 Shorts from Eric Khoo
6th Asian Film Symposium: The Year of Living Vicariously + Village Radio

Presented by The Substation Moving Images, the Symposium offers a great number of short films from around the region, including Singapore, as well as featuring panel discussions on film and the film industry. Tickets to the panel discussions are free (upon registration), while the ticket prices for films are usually at concessionary rates already. What more, there's also the presence of the filmmakers themselves, together with the curators and programmers for the various short film features, to make their respective sessions unforgettable with up close and personal Q&A sessions after each screening.

For those who can't get enough of short films (especially after the recent Singapore Short Cuts, into its last week), why not broaden our horizons to what's available out there from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Australia, and Indonesia? Best yet, as the Opening Film, the much awaited screening of Tan Chui Mui's award winning film Love Conquers All finally hits our shores (tickets are already on sale at the Cathay website)! And local documentary Remember Chek Jawa closes the Sympsosium on 10th September.

The activities take place at the Substation Theatre, and the Picturehouse. Click on this link for ticketing details, film synopsis, schedule of the film panel discussions, and to find out who'll be making an appearance! I'll be there, and I hope to see you there too!

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