By: Amy Greenburg
Calling all film fans – there’s plenty of movie-based fun to keep you busy across Singapore in the coming months. Here’s our round-up of film festivals happening across the island from now until June 2014.
11th Italian Film Festival: Special Venice Edition
More than 10 films from the recent, 70th annual Venice Film Festival are being shown at this special Singapore edition of the Italian Film Festival. Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute, the line-up features both Italian and Asian films. They include Sacro GRA – the first documentary to win Venice’s prestigious Golden Lion award, Bertolucci on Bertolucci – about the life and work of director Bernardo Bertolucci and Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy – a quirky film based on real tweets by an anonymous Thai girl. There will also be a special screening of a restored version of Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic, La Dolce Vita.
2 to 7 April at The Cathay Cineplex and National Museum of Singapore. Tickets are $12 from The Cathay box office and National Museum of Singapore.
Southeast Asian Film Festival 2014
Back for its fourth year, this festival will present some of the most compelling cinematic works by emerging filmmakers from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar, among other Southeast Asian countries. The programme includes 20 screenings and 10 post-screening discussions, and audiences will have the opportunity to meet both emerging directors as well as veteran filmmakers.
11 April to 4 May at Singapore Art Museum, Moving Image Gallery. Tickets are $9 from Sistic.
Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2014
The Singapore Film Society and UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies will present the second edition of the Singapore Chinese Film Festival. Thirty works will be showcased, including feature films, shorts and documentaries, plus King Hu Wuxia films (a classic genre of Chinese Cinema).
17 to 27 April at multiple locations including The Arts House, National Museum of Singapore, The Cathay Cineplex and Cineleisure Orchard.
Big Eyes, Big Minds Singapore International Children’s Film Festival
Back for the fourth time, Big Eyes, Big Minds is the first and only film festival in Singapore that’s dedicated to kids. It will showcase a selection of films from around the globe, including live-action shorts, animation films and documentaries – some of which are created by kids. The festival’s programmes and workshops have been curated to engage children, enrich their worldview and inspire creativity.
13 to 31 May, 1 June and 6 to 8 June at The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane. Tickets are $12.90 here.
Endeavours Documentary Film Festival 2014
This festival will feature a selection of documentary films from around the world that were released in the past year. All films have been submitted for a juried competition, with categories including Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Asian Film and The Emerging Filmmaker Competition prize, open to filmmakers based in Singapore.
14 to 18 May at The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane. Tickets are $12-15 here.
24th European Union Film Festival
This annual festival will present some of the most acclaimed films to have come out of Europe in recent years. Scheduled for single screenings only, each of the films shown will provide a glimpse into the diversity of Europe and its rich culture. This year’s lineup will include 28 films from countries including Finland, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Norway and the UK.
14 to 25 May at Shaw Lido, 350 Orchard Road, Shaw House. Tickets are $11 from the Shaw Lido box office.