Annual local films showcase Singapore Shorts be held at Oldham Theatre in August

A special screening programme titled ‘Now That’s What I Call Y2K Shorts!’ will feature 21 short films from the 2000s.

Kelly Chin

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Published: 1 August 2023, 4:19 PM

Over 40 short films made by local filmmakers will be screened at Oldham Theatre from Aug 4 to 27 as part of local film showcase Singapore Shorts.

Organised by Asian Film Archive (AFA), a non-profit organisation to preserve the rich film heritage of Singapore and Asian cinema, Singapore Shorts ’23 provides the widest showing of short film titles in Singapore and aims to celebrate the boldness and diversity of local short films.

This year’s edition features 28 films in four official screenings selected by a panel of professionals which include writer, visual artist and researcher Nurul Huda Rashid and film archivist Chew Tee Pao and Q&A discussions with the filmmakers. Included in the screenings are premieres of films such as comedy short Condo Cops and psychological thriller Treasure.

Along with the official screenings, the special screening programme titled Now That’s What I Call Y2K Shorts!, features 21 short films spanning from the 2000s. The special programme explores how the Y2K (Year 2000) phenomenon impacted the local short film scene. 

One of the films being screened is Every Floor Looks the Same by Gladys Ng which follows a young girl looking for a lost bird. It meditates on the man-made nature of life in Singapore, through the eyes of a languishing Osmanthüs who finds both humour and sadness in the hierarchy of things.

Another is Plastic Sonata by Nelson Yeo, which shows how time stood still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, while three individuals traverse abandoned spaces and confront the irreality of their relationships.

Tickets for Singapore Shorts ‘23 are now available and priced at $10 for general admission and $9 for concession. 

Each of the four official screenings, along with the special programme, will be screened twice on two separate dates, one with the Q&A discussions, and the other without.

Attendees should note that doors open 20 minutes before showtime.

More information about the films and the screening schedule can be found on the AFA website.

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