ShoutOUT!: Best of First Takes 2012

Still from Mandy's 8 Theories of Sleep

The Substation brings back the best of all First Takes films. First Takes is a monthly screenings of new short films from new filmmakers. For this special screening of First Take,  the audience gets to view the favourites of each month, and a final vote is cast for the Top 3 Favourites of First Take 2012! Come watch the most popular First Take films of each month in 2012 and cast your vote to support your favorite film!


Best of First Take
Sunday 16 December 2012
Session 1: 5pm – 6.10 pm
Session 2: 7pm – 8.15 pm
Prize presentation: 8.45pm – 9 pm
The Substation Theatre
Admission: By donation

MANDY’S 8 THEORIES OF SLEEP / WENDY CHEE WEILING / 17 MIN / 2010 / PG
Sixteen hours a day keeps the doctor away. With seven more theories, Mandy must convince Jia Ming that bountiful sleephas plenty of surprises, joy and flights of the imagination.
REMEMBERING UBIN / ANTONIO TAY KENG HUI / 12 MIN / 2011 / PG
Remembering Ubin explores two individual inhabitants’ lives at the island off Singapore, a place where the pace stays constant, and is forgotten by the youth.
ACROSS THE STRAITS / TAN AI LENG / 23 MIN / 2011 / PG
Meng, the son of a provision shop owner feels trapped in his small town. He does not get the support of his parents to pursuea career in animation. One day, after a quarrel with his father, he leaves home to stay with a friend. Hui, the daughter of awidowed businesswoman feels betrayed by her mother’s new relationship with a man. One night, she decides to leave home,as an act of rebellion. Meng and Hui meet, and they soon get into a little bit of trouble.
BLUE TIDE / LUO MIN / 18 MIN / 2011 / PG
Two days before their wedding, Victor receives news that his fiancĂ© Leanne is arrested for a crime she committed before theymet. Victor struggles with the feelings of betrayal. He searches for the truth behind Leanne’s past, only to realise she hadbeen the example of unconditional love.
CHAPTEH / THONG KAY WEE / 9 MIN / 2011 / PG
A coming-of-age story about friendship and innocence where two boys, Raafi and Ah Kun, meet and bond over a simplegame of chapteh. Set against the backdrop of tumultuous 1960s Singapore, where racial tensions ran high, these two boysshare a common interest that goes beyond any existing differences and prejudices.
THE RED VEIL / CHUA SENG YEW / 14 MIN / 2011 / PG
The Red Veil tells the story of Netra, a young woman sold into prostitution. On a night set amidst an ongoing wedding procession, Netra is asked to dress up a young girl, Mandira, who remains oblivious to her surroundings. Mandira, distracted and affected by the festivities, begins speaking of wedding dreams and hopes. 
THE INVISIBLE MONSTER / LAWRENCE ONG / 9 MIN / 2011 / NC16
Time heals all wounds but for Brent and Trish, it’s a different story. Their paths cross in an indescribable event, and togetherthey face their past and fears as their story unfolds. But is time really on their side?
TIME PASSED BY ON A MERRY GO ROUND BLUR / DAVID SUN / 11 MIN / 2012 / PG
In Singapore, merry-go-rounds are near vanishing from playgrounds. Riding on a merry-go-round feels like time is blurred.This is a sweet coming of age film which asks the universal question: What is time? A grandson is coming over to hisgrandpa’s house to fulfill a wish. Can they manipulate time? What are they doing?
A / SIVANESSAN AND SAMEERA / 10 MIN / 2012 / PG
Vincent is a freelance art validator who lives alone. He comes across a series of sketches from his favourite artist as part ofan assignment. One sketch in particular strikes him deeply, toying with his concept of reality and imagination. A invites you totake a journey through Vincent’s memory as he recounts his experience.
STRANGERS / TAN JINGLIANG / 11 MIN / 2012 / M18
Strangers tells the story of a mother, a daughter and a daughter-in- law, outwardly bound by kinship but inwardly, devoid of any emotional closeness. When a forbidden former relationship is rekindled between the latter two, the household is forced to confront a disconcerting truth.

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