Passion: What does the screening
program hope to achieve (objectives?)
Nisar Keshvani: Very briefly, the one-hour program
showcases 14 works from film-makers around the world. It's been
shown in places like America, Manila, Thailand, Hong Kong, and in
the UK. It premiered in Australia and Manila last year, and is now
showing in Singapore, before moving to Adelaide, Malaysia and probably
Japan later this year. The idea is to show the works of young and
emerging film makers - basically artists who haven't been exposed
internationally. It's also an effort on my part to show that there
is good (maybe raw) works coming from South-east Asia, and there
is great work produced everywhere daily.
Passion: Who are the Singaporean film-makers?
Describe them briefly.
Keshvani: Well, there are 6 local works.
- Derman - is an amusing animation about this
little blue guy who discovers whats behind the door
- Against the Tide - is got an environmental
message - its about the sea turtle and their possible extinction
- Microwave by Tan Pin Pin, is an interesting
statement on feminity and how a Barbie doll is fried
- Sanctuary - is interestingly experimental.
It peeks into our existence, and has very nice imagery
- The Adevnture of Cepe - is something for youngsters,
about a super hero dog - Cepe, who saves Singapore from an evil
- The last one, Wishing Tree is unique - it's
a love story hidden behind Hong Kong style animation
Passion: How will the program help film makers
and their work?
Keshvani: Well - its an effort to put Singapore
on the world media art or film map. Normally film makers have to
enter different festivals individually, and go through a selection
process again and again. But here, they are selected once and in
one hit, they are exposed to various other festivals. Their work
is also shown to audiences, which they normally wouldn't have access
to. Because some of the directors are new to the field - it also
gives them an opportunity, and a kick start to the world of festivals.
And this is basically a chance to tap fineArt forum's existing network.