ShoutOut!: The 25th European Union Film Festival (EUFF) -- 13 to 24 May 2015


The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) celebrates 25 years of passion for cinema from 13 to 24 May 2015 at GV Suntec City. The largest EUFF yet, the 25th edition features 29 films from 29 European countries representing the best of contemporary European cinema. From the opening film The Connection, a French crime thriller set in the 1970s, Swiss-Italian film The Wonders which won the 2014 Cannes Grand Prix to the recently Oscar nominated Estonian film Tangerines and the cinematically arresting Academy Award winning Polish film Ida, the 25th EUFF offers Europe’s diverse contemporary creativity and multi-faceted cultural heritage. The EUFF also once again continues its tradition of presenting the best of local short films by emerging filmmakers through its partnership with Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts.

The Connection, Dir. C├ędric Jimenez, France, 2013

The Singapore perspective on film-making will be seen in 29 short films by students from the Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts. As part of the film school partnership programme with the EUFF, these films will be screened alongside each of the feature films. Encapsulated within these films are core issues of national, cultural and personal identity, introducing another realm that adds to the narratives for the SG50 celebrations.

Here are more details on the short films by the Puttnam School of Film students:

Cain
2015, 5 mins
Rating: TBA
Director, Writer & Editor: Aron Castro
Cast: Marc Goldberg, Amanda Chan and Kent W. Dulguime
13 May, 7.00pm: Opening at GV Grand, Hall 6 – By invitation only
21 May, 7.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 4
In a ravaged, post-apocalyptic world, Cain needs to find measures to survive. In an encounter thinking it is just another standoff, an unexpected ending ensues.

6:30PM
2014, 5 min
Rating: G
Director: Cheng Chai Hong
Cast: Heng Mui Tien
22 May, 9.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 1
A mother’s empty nest syndrome and coming to terms with her relationship with her grown children.

A Short Stint
2014, 5 mins
Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Jason Lau
Cast: Dai Gao Le, K.R Menon and Cobysot Avego
14 May, 6.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
A young Chinese man who is unable to speak English gets a job in Singapore and struggles with communication.

Boy Meets Girl
2014, 5 min
Rating: TBA Director: Ho Say Peng Cast: Ho Say Peng & Erica Rodrigues
17 May, 4.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 1
A short tale of a young man's first date.

By the Silver Wind
2013, 5 min
Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Lor Hui Yun
Cast: Chng Xin Xuan and Ng Jing Jing
20 May, 9.50pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 1
The film is an experimental piece that deals with one’s process of loss and grieving.

Cheena ManaIvi
2014, 11 min
Rating: PG
Director & Producer: Charlene Chung
Editor: Wilson Tan
Cinematographer: Lee Wenxian and Jolinna Ang
Cast: Chee Leeying Sham, Munusamy Milevaganam and Davian Milevaganam
17 May, 7.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 5
Cheena Manaivi is showing to what extent one would compromise and give in to a different racial and religious culture as well as finding an identity within. Cheena Manaivi is about an interracial family-of an Indian and Chinese marriage, although being married for close to fifteen years now, there are still people who refuse to accept them as one, and to love them for whom they are.

Dark
2014, 5 mins
Rating: G
Director, Writer & Editor: Nurbibiyana Hussain
Cast: Nurbibiyana Hussain
14 May, 9.50pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
A young girl experiences total darkness at home when the family cannot pay the electricity bills.

Family Recipe
2014, 12 min
Rating: PG
Director & Producer: Vannesa Sim
Cinematographer: Albert Mok and Amerendra Bhosle
Editor: Thais Breton
Cast: Sim Cher Ping, Kang Ann Hoon, Kang Peng Ching, Tan Yong Sima and Michael Lim
23 May, 7.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 1
Leaving behind a legacy of hand written recipes and cooking journals after her death in the early millennium of 2001, Celia Kang’s cooking had been loved by many and always had a reputation for bringing people together by cooking up a storm. Having her archives recovered twelve years later, Celia Kang’s recipes and family’s heritage will be brought to life through this documentary directed by her youngest daughter, Vannesa Sim. Through the roots of this family, this documentary journeys through the footprints of Celia Kang’s life.

Grandma
2014, 5 min
Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Lim Yen
Cast: Chan Yoke Sim Helen and Sng Yi Xin
24 May, 4.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
An elderly woman set in her ways has her course averted one day.

Habit
2014, 5 min
Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Jackie Tan Yi Yong
Cast: Jackie Tan Yi Yong
23 May, 9.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 1
A young man's life is transformed when he discovers beat-boxing.

Home Video
2014, 5 min
Rating: G
Director, Writer & Editor: Aloysius Koh
19 May, 7.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
During the course of a Chinese New Year visit, a grandmother’s relationship with her family is observed.

Insignificant
2014, 5 min
Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Shane Li Yushan
Cinematographer: Jason Lau
Cast: Kristin Li and Neo Zong Lei
16 May, 4.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 4
A strong-willed but good hearted woman struggles with surviving in the city.

It’s Okay
2013, 11 min
Rating: PG
Director: Alvin Soh
 Cinematographer: Lee How Chuen
Writer: Cheng Chai
Cast: Gabriel Low, Ong Qi Wei and Cliston Tan
21 May, 9.40pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
A boy continuously witnesses his father abusing his mother and takes drastic measure as he is pushed to boiling point.

Jiak Kantang
2013, 5 min
Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Jasmine Lee
Cast: Jasmine Lee, Jacklyn Lee and Lee Hung Chiang
17 May, 9.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 4
When a young girl who cannot speak a word of Hokkien sits by the dinner table with her family, humorous incidences entails in an encounter lost in translation.

Kental
2014, 5 min
Rating: TBA
Director, Writer & Editor: Muhamad Afiq Jaafar
Cast: Hakeem
19 May, 9.35pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
A young Malay boy suffers an intense dilemma with surprising results.
Lonely Shadow 2014, 5 min
Rating: PG
Director: Li Xiaochen 16 May, 7.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 1
The notion of Chinatown and what it means for a migrant community.

Majulah
2014, 11 min Rating: G
Director & Editor: Sharavana Rama
Producer: Khoo Yun
Cinematographer: Glenn Ong
16 May, 2.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
What meaning do words like ‘bahagia’, ’mulia’ and ‘berjaya’ have on our lives, if at all? A celebration of unique contradictions and a search for a meaningful belonging in a small island encircled by a global presence, Majulah has some answers in this short documentary about our people and progress.

Puberty
2014, 7 min
Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Kenneth Lee
Cinematographer: Daryl Ong
Art Director: Vivien Koh
Cast: Wong Yi Lin and Vanessa Toh
20 May, 7.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
A tale of a pregnant young girl who attempts to run away to Malaysia to be with her boyfriend.

The Boy
2014, 5 min
 Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Jason Lau
Cinematographer: Ivan Yau
Cast: Brien Lee and Yolby Low
24 May, 6.15pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
 A young boy's desperate search for his father lead to self realisation and his loss of innocence.

The Boy and His Planes
2014, 5 min
Rating: TBA
Director, Writer & Editor: Ivan Yau
Cast: Aston Ng and Rosha Chandra
17 May, 2.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
A frustrated boy in search of his neighbour ends up finding a friend.

The Collectors
2014, 12 min
Rating: G Director, Writer & Editor: Thais Breton
Cinematographer: Jolinna Ang
15 May, 7.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
The Collectors explores the relationship between three individuals affected by the disease of Alzheimer’s and their children, caught in a race to gather as many memories they can before it is too late. Their stories echo on the stones of the rare places left in Singapore to be imprinted with a past. A parallel is formed between an individual fright of memories loss, and a collective amnesia provoked by a local race to thrive in modernity.

The Intruder
2014, 5 min
Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Lucas Chia
Cast: Joan Swee
23 May, 2.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 4
On his father’s 20th death anniversary, the filmmaker seeks to reflect how a disease claimed life.

The Girl by the Window
2014, 5 min
 Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Ko Shui Min
Cast: Ko Shui Min 18 May, 9.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 4
A whimsical tale of a withdrawn teenager who finds a friend.

The Space We Are In
2012, 5 min
Rating: PG Director: Vivien Koh
Cast: Vivien Koh and Rachel Koh
15 May, 9.50pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
The Space We Are In explores the identity of a twin.

The Missing Wave
2015, 5 mins
Rating: PG
Director, Writer & Editor: Lor Hui Yun
Cast: Adrian Phuah
23 May, 4.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 1
An evocative piece on Changi Beach and its historical legacy from the Japanese Occupation.

Si
2014, 5 min
Rating: TBA
Director, Writer & Editor: Eugene Lee
Cast: Low Yew Wah and Low Hwee Joo
24 May, 1.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 4
A lonely old man prepares for death.

Spirit
2014, 15 min
Rating: PG13
Director: Julius Ooi
Producer: Aron Castro
Editor: Syafiqah Ramani
Writer: Eugene Lee
Cast: Tiffany Yong, Chan Yoke Sim and Rayvin Teng
18 May, 7.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 4
A young couple move to their new house. Strange things begin to happen as the wife is left on her own

Superlegend
2013, 5 min
Rating: G
Director, Writer & Editor: Vivien Koh
Cast: Jody Chan and Sean Poh
22 May, 7.00pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 3
A tale of an affinity between two unlikely and eccentric souls.

Wither
2014, 5 mins
Rating: TBA
Director, Writer & Editor: Jasmine Lee
Cinematographer: Maung Moe Myint
 Cast: Low Hwee Joo
 16 May, 9.30pm: GV Suntec City, Hall 5
A lonely old lady fusses over her granddaughter with surprising consequence.

Screenings for the public will be from 14 to 24 May 2014. Tickets are priced at $12, and will be available online on the GV website at www.gv.com.sg and through walk-in at GV box offices islandwide from end of April 2015. More ticketing and film programme details can be found at http://euff.sg/.

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