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Film showcase Fresh Meat to be held at Suntec City Golden Village on Jul 8 and Aug 12; features 6 local short films

These films were made under the National Youth Film Awards’ Film Facilitation Programme.

Dini Qistina Binte Ali

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Published: 30 June 2023, 10:16 AM

Six Singaporean short films will be “served” at Suntec City Golden Village on Jul 8 and Aug 12 as part of an event titled Fresh Meat.

Fresh Meat, organised by *SCAPE, will screen short films from different genres such as documentary, comedy, action, animation, and horror.

The films are 21 by Christine Seow, Every Floor Looks The Same by Gladys Ng, Henchmen by Alistair Quak, Hot Buns by Calleen Koh, Strawberry Cheesecake by Tan Siyou, and You Will See by Kathleen Bu.

In 21, main character Lin hopes to turn over a new leaf as she graduates from a juvenile rehabilitation centre with high scores in the national exam. However, her streak of unfortunate circumstances trails behind like a spectre lurking in her shadows.

Every Floor Looks The Same is an observation of the peculiar nature of life in Singapore, seen through the eyes of an Osmanthüs who seeks to fill her day with fun, only to grapple with finding her space and reason in this world.

Henchmen follows two henchmen who try to avoid their inevitable fate, while waiting for their turn to “protect” their boss from the hitman.

Satirical animation film, Hot Buns, pokes fun at our obsession with feel-good narratives and moral outrage.

Strawberry Cheesecake depicts three rebellious schoolgirls who are caught vaping by the principal. Their revenge prank ends up taking a sinister turn.

Horror short You Will See follows a young photographer named Gwen who is grasping the moral boundaries of her own art. When she is given a supernatural camera by her mentor, an obsession with an old man’s physique overwhelms her. She decides to stalk him out of desperation to take a photograph.

These films were made under the Film Facilitation Programme (FFP) – an extension of the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) – where filmmakers go through a nine-month mentorship with acclaimed mentors.

You Will See, 21, Hot Buns and Every Floor Looks The Same were part of the 2021 edition of FFP, while Henchmen and Strawberry Cheesecake were from the 2020 edition.

According to the organisers, this programme aims to further support young local filmmakers, foster a tight-knit community in the industry, and connect youths with the industry through close guidance from mentors.

The running time for the film screening is approximately 80 minutes and will be followed by a post-show “no holds barred” Q&A session with the filmmakers.

The screenings will be held at Suntec City Golden Village Hall 4 on Jul 8 and Aug 12, from 4pm to 6pm.

Tickets for the public are priced at $15.50 each. Singapore Film Society members, *SCAPE Communities and students can purchase the tickets at a discounted price of $13.50. Those interested can make their purchase on Golden Village’s website.

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