ShoutOUT! SeaShorts Festival all ready to stream this September

SeaShorts and Next New Wave Nominee - Peon

The 4th edition of the SeaShorts Film Festival, to be held from 12th to 20th September this year will be the most accessible version of the annual event yet. In its nine-day run, audiences will be given the opportunity to connect over an entirely digital series of live and online activities.

The theme for this year’s edition is Reimagining Short Films, Reinventing Southeast Asia – it is an invitation for Southeast Asian filmmakers to come together, to share our visions and stories that are both unique and yet familiar to each other, and to weave the future narrative of the region while constantly challenging the idea of what a short film can be in today’s media landscape. 

The festival will open with the omnibus film Mekong 2030, featuring directors from the five countries surrounding the Mekong River Kulikar Sotho (Cambodia), Anysay Keola (Laos), Sai Naw Kham (Myanmar), Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thailand)Pham Ngoc Lan (Vietnam). Mekong 2030 is an anthology film comprising five short stories that envision the future of the Mekong River from different cultural perspectives.


The highlight of the festival continues to be the competition, in which 30 nominees, chosen from 544 entries, will vie for the coveted SeaShorts Award. The Next New Wave Award will continue to reward the best Malaysian short film. Winners will be decided by a jury composed of Cambodian-French filmmaker Davy Chou, Indonesian cinematographer Anggi Frisca, Philippine producer Bianca Balbuena, Singaporean sound engineer Rennie Gomes, and Malaysian historian Dr. Farish A. Noor.

SeaShorts Nominee - A Closed Mouth Catches No Flies (Ora Srawung, Mati Suwung)

SeaShorts Nominee - A Remembering of Disremembering (Ang Pag-alaala sa Sadyang Paglimot)

SeaShorts Nominee - The Graduation of Edison

SeaShorts and Next New Wave Nominee - By The Southern Sea

The daily schedule of screenings is further complemented by other curated highlights, offering compelling insight into the cinematic landscape of the region and beyond. On the bill are showcases of selected works from Japan’s Image Forum Festival, Taiwan’s Golden Harvest Awards and Kaohsiung Film Festival, Singapore’s National Youth Film Awards, as well as the early pieces of rising names in the Malaysian scene.

In particular, Migrating Forms is a programme from the Kaohsiung Film Festival that explores the inner lives and desires of Southeast Asian migrant workers who grapple with challenges while working in Taiwan. Among the films is Nine Shots by Su Che Hsien, about Ah Fei, a Vietnamese who left work to work in Taiwan only to later escape from his Taiwanese employer in hope of earning more money to send home, as well as Arnie by Rina Tsou about a Filipino seamen who buys a ring to propose to his girlfriend over the phone, only to learn she is pregnant.

Nine Shots

Arnie

Tea Land (高山上的茶园)

The selection of works from the Image Forum Festival 2019 East Asian Competition section form a programme called Space In Between, which creates memories, personal longings, anger, awkwardness and clarity amidst a different perspectives.

Engagement remains at the heart of the SeaShorts experience and each screening is accompanied by a Q&A session, with forums, masterclasses, and workshops delivered by prominent industry players also on the cards.

SeaShorts is made possible with the support of The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, Taipei Ministry of Culture, Singapore National Youth Film Awards by *SCAPE, Purin Pictures, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas), Da Huang Pictures, Sinema Media, Aputure Imaging Industries, Deity Microphones, and Zoom Corporation. Festival passes are on sale at the early bird price of USD5 until 23rd August and USD10 thereafter.

For more information, visit seashorts.org


Nominees for SeaShorts Award


A Closed Mouth Catches No Flies, d. Destian Rendra Pratama, Indonesia

A family becomes the talk of the village’s women after a theft.

 

A Day Will Come, d. Tinshine Mont and Christine Flemming, Thailand

A young reporter is confronted with visions of internalised fear and paranoia when interviewing the sister of a missing activist.

 

A Remembering of Disremembering, d. Cris A. Bringas, Philippines

The journey of Manila’s oldest movie theatre from gradiosity to obsolescence is told through the romance between a retiring projectionist and late-blooming actress.

 

Aishah, d. Sayyid Hannan, Malaysia

Two siblings deal with the death of their mother while hosting her mourning ceremony.

 

BURA, d. Eden Junjung, Indonesia

While danger lurks in a time of political unrest, a scholar leaves his guard post to meet with his lover.

 

By The Southern Sea, d. Vincent Kong Yentao, Malaysia

A boy tired of hometown life comes of age when he meets a mysterious woman at the beach.

 

Elsa, d. Lim Jen Nee, Singapore

Six-year-old Stanley has a year left to play Disney’s Queen Elsa to his heart’s content, before he has to start schooling.

 

Evening Stroll, d. Candra Aditya, Indonesia

When a couple loses their wallet during a picnic, they rediscover the beauty of their love through conversation.

 

Gimbal: A Bet Between Tradition and Pride, d. Sidiq Ariyadi, Indonesia

Superstition and ritual surround a farmer’s daughter who wears dreadlocks.

 

Here, Here, d. Joanne Marian B. Cesario, Philippines

A boy and and his mother await the fate of his father after a mining accident.

 

How He Met My Mother, d. Colin Huang Ruobin, Singapore

A young man attempts to reconcile with his girlfriend’s disapproving mother before the couple has to break up for good.

 

Hush, tonight the dead are dreaming loudly, d. Kong Pahurak, Thailand

On the anniversary of a political massacre, an unexpected guest sends the memorial into an uproar.

 

Kampung Gajah, d. Yoeng Kuok Hong, Malaysia

Wei Hong returns to his hometown, as he seeks to come to terms with old memories and find an old flame.

 

Ladies’ Choice, d. Celina Peñaflorida, Philippines

While grieving the loss of a long-term relationship, Miriam confides in her mother, leading to a tense argument about motherhood.

 

Last Time I Was An Actress, d. Grace Constance Song Jia Ern, Singapore

The director visits her aunt, a former amateur Chinese street opera actress, and the two recreate the heyday of the dying cultural art.

 

Mary, Mary, So Contrary, d. Nelson Yeo, Singapore

A phantasmagoric narrative about a Chinese woman named Ma Li who dreams she is Caucasian and called Mary instead.

 

Peon, d. June Wong, Shaiful Yahya, and Syaz Zainal, Malaysia

A true story told entirely through a phone screen, a delivery rider gets more than he bargained for when he receives an order to deliver passports.

 

Prelude of the moving zoo, d. Sorayos Prapapan, Thailand

A documentary recounting the last day Dusit Zoo was open before it closed to the public in 2018. · Ruwatan, d. Ernest Lesmana, Indonesia Sri’s weekly routine of accompanying her blind mother to alternative therapy may soon come to an end.

 

Shitpost, d. Wimar Herdanto, Indonesia

A motorcycle freestyler tries his hand at being a YouTuber on the wishes of his much younger girlfriend.

 

Star, d. Carla Pulido Ocampo, Philippines

Glitches, linguistic differences, and the political incorrectness of the 1950s get in the way as a farmer attempts to communicate with a showbiz star trapped inside a television.

 

Stay Awake, Be Ready, d. Pham Thien An, Vietnam

Three young men are engaged in conversation at a street corner, until a motorcycle accident turns their night into something more.

 

Sunny Side of the Street, d. Andrew Kose, Indonesia

Amidst the 1998 Jakarta riots, two strangers find themselves sharing a journey home.

 

The Cloud Is Still There, d. Mickey Lai Loke Yee, Malaysia

A young woman grapples with clashing religious beliefs as she prays for her terminally ill grandfather.

 

The Graduation of Edison, d. Pham Hoang Minh Thy, Vietnam

In a village where every child is born with trees on their heads, problems arise when a girl rejects a traditional rite of passage.

 

The Man Who Isn’t There and Other Stories of Longing, d. Rom Trishtan Perez, Philippines

Short and innocent glimpses of human connection told through the lens of a photobooth.

 

The Quiet, d. Radheva Jegatheva, Malaysia An astronaut comes to a startling realisation as he ponders in the quietness of space.

 

The Slums, d. Jan Andrei Cobey, Philippines The colourful lives of the Reyes family come under the intense scrutiny of a documentary crew.

 

This Is Our Land, d. Nonilon Abao, Philippines An indigenous mountain community make a stand against a foreign mining company and the destruction of their ancestral land.

 

Uncle Goose Waits For A Phone Call, d. Kew Lin Qin Zhi, Singapore The lonesome Uncle Goose goes to incredible lengths to ensure he never misses an old friend’s phone call.

 

Nominees for Next New Wave Award


Aishah, d. Sayyid Hannan, Malaysia

Two siblings deal with the death of their mother while hosting her mourning ceremony.

 

By The Southern Sea, d. Vincent Kong Yentao, Malaysia

A boy tired of hometown life comes of age when he meets a mysterious woman at the beach.

 

Kampung Gajah, d. Yoeng Kuok Hong, Malaysia

Wei Hong returns to his hometown, as he seeks to come to terms with old memories and find an old flame.

 

Peon, d. June Wong, Shaiful Yahya, and Syaz Zainal, Malaysia

A true story told entirely through a phone screen, a delivery rider gets more than he bargained for when he receives an order to deliver passports.

 

The Cloud Is Still There, d. Mickey Lai Loke Yee, Malaysia

A young woman grapples with clashing religious beliefs as she prays for her terminally ill grandfather.

 

The Quiet, d. Radheva Jegatheva, Malaysia

An astronaut comes to a startling realisation as he ponders in the quietness of space.

 

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