|The Singapore Short Film competition
had a total of 25 entries. Eric Khoo's entry entitled 'Pain' was banned
due to its masochistic realism.
Ironically, Khoo was awarded the Best Director for 'Pain', a stark
and surreal potrayal of one man's preoccupation and obsession with
inflicting pain. To top that, he was also given the Special Achievement
Prize. Not a bad effort at all for a work not seen by the public,
except perhaps the jury.
The Special Jury Prize was awarded to two entries. One was Dzulkifli
Sungit, who directed 'Eddy', a short film about parental pressures
on a child to become successful.
"'Hurt Instinct' -- a profound and provocative depiction of
the demands of urban lives."
The other winner was Nisar and Nazir Husain, for 'Hurt Instinct',
a profound and provocative depiction of the demands of urban lives.
It was great to see works of young adolescent directors who might
later in life become famous directors themselves.
The Best Singapore Short Film category had two winners. It was
awarded to 'Ethos' (directed by Dominic Christopher Pereira) and
'Married' (directed by Chia Chee Kwong).
The short film entries were in general a refreshing experience.
I particularly enjoyed 'Married' for its thematic relevance and
It was a delightful experience watching the short films as they
were indeed a breeze.