ShoutOUT!: Asian Film Symposium returns after 6 years

'Endlessly' by Sivaroj Kongsakul (Thailand)

After a hiatus of 6 years, Objectifs and The Substation are proud to announce the return of Asian Film Symposium (AFS).

The AFS showcases short films from partner countries in South-East Asia, where film programmers are invited to curate cutting-edge short films from their respective countries and share them with the local audience. In addition, through intimate dialogue sessions, AFS provides a vital platform for sharing and exchange among filmmakers, critics and programmers, encouraging dialogue among these key players in regional independent film industries, in the presence of an audience who will hear them debate and discuss pertinent topics that affect cinema in the region today.

This 2015 edition of AFS features the theme: Pop! Culture. Deemed as the ‘culture of the people’, pop culture encompasses the collection of ideals and ideas influenced mainly by the mass media. From fashion, television, language, music and films, these elements very much make up the contemporary aspects of our lives. Pop Culture is everywhere; we talk about it, we read about it and in some ways, we are obsessed about it. How does pop culture affect or influence our society? These short films explore the notion of pop culture from an Asian perspective.

This year’s Country-In-Focus is Taiwan. A special program curated by Taipei International Film Festival curator Kuo Ming-Jung will be presented on Saturday 12 September, with the curator in attendance. The respective curators and a filmmaker will represent all countries featured in Asian Film Symposium.

Here are the event details:
What: Asian Film Symposium 
When: 10 to 13 Sept, Various screening times. Please visit for programme and ticketing details. 
Where: Objectifs, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977 (nearest MRT: Bras Basah, Bugis) and The Substation, 45 Armenian Street (nearest MRT: Raffles City) 

Some of the short film highlights include: 

Fonzi by Kirsten Tan / Singapore
A world-within-world story, “Fonzi” is the tale of a movie character who, like Pinocchio, wants to be a real person. This film won the Best Director award at the 2007 Singapore International Film Festival. 

Kirsten's works have been showcased in a host of international film festivals, including Toronto, Rotterdam, Pusan and MoMA in NYC. She is working on her upcoming feature – Popeye. It was selected to participate in Berlinale Talent’s Script Station; was awarded Top prize in the Torino Film Lab and was invited by the Cannes Film Festival as one of 15 projects presented under L'Atelier. This summer, she will be featured on CNN International’s flagship feature, ‘Ones to Watch’."

Endlessly by Sivaroj Kongsakul / Thailand (see film still at the top of the article)
This film portrays a sentimental portrait of the relationship between a grandmother and her grandchild. 

Sivaroj Kongsakul started his career as an assistant director for Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Penek Ratanaruang on many of their short films. Since 2002 he has directed 10 short films including ‘Always’ and ‘Silencio’ which were both invited to the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival where they won awards.  In 2010, he directed his debut feature ‘Eternity’ which was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund and Pusan’s Asian Cinema Fund.  He attended the 22nd edition of the Cannes Cinefoundation Residency in Paris to develop his second feature film project ‘Arunkarn’.

Rowboat by C.J. Wang / Taiwan
The memories of youth and romance is explored in this poignant yet light hearted film.

C.J Wang graduated from the National Taipei University of the Art with a BA in theater directing and an MA in theater studies. Her first short film Thief (2011) won over a dozen awards in film festivals around the world. Later, her project Coffee Sweet (2011) was nominated for the FOX Chinese Film Development Award in the Hong Kong Asian Film Forum.

'The Gift' by Mallory Lee (Malaysia)

'Anchovies' by Zulkifli Salleh (Singapore)

'Feeling' by Luk Van (Vietnam)

'On happiness road' by Hsin-yIn Sung (Taiwan)

'Pendekar Kesepian' by Yusron Fuadi (Indonesia)
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