25 made-in-Singapore movies, short films to be screened at Esplanade for free in August

The screenings from Aug 4 to 26 are done in commemoration of the Singapore Film Commission’s 25th anniversary.

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Published: 2 August 2023, 2:11 PM

Twenty-five locally made movies and short films will be screened for free at the Esplanade from Aug 4 to 26. 

The screenings are done in collaboration with the Singapore Film Commission’s (SFC) 25th anniversary. 

The screenings will be held at the Esplanade’s Concourse, Outdoor Theatre and Recital Studio. Its four-week lineup consists of films of diverse genres such as Royston Tan’s 2007 getai-inspired musical film 881, Anthony Chen’s 2013 feature debut drama film Ilo Ilo, and Jack Neo’s 2002 satirical comedy film I Not Stupid.

Aside from live-action movies and short films, animated acclaimed made-in-Singapore movies and short films from past and present will also be shown, and are screened in conjunction with National Day celebrations.

When the free filming screenings kick off on Aug 4, attendees will be treated with an appearance from local filmmaker Royston Tan, 881 cast members Yeo Yann Yann and Qi Yuwu as well as getai veteran Liu Ling Ling. They will interact with fans and share about their experience acting in Singapore’s first musical feature film.

Seats are limited and are based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Information on the respective screenings can be found on the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s (IMDA) website

SFC will also conduct industry sharing sessions for students in September and October in hopes to raise Singaporeans’ appreciation of home-grown content and the workings behind the local film industry.

The sessions will be held at LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic Students aged 17 to 23 will be able to learn more about the media industry directly from local media practitioners like Kin Leonn, Lim Teck Siang and Sunny Pang.

The IMDA said that more than 1,000 students will “gain insights into less-seen fields, ranging from cinematography, action choreography to costume and production designing”. They will also get a deeper understanding of possible careers to pursue in the media and filmmaking industries.

Some local films will also be made available for free streaming on digital streaming platform meWATCH from Oct 7 onwards, in hopes of spotlighting Singaporean storytelling and local stories.

Some films will also be telecasted on Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham, said IMDA.

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