Short Films by local filmmakers
Short Films by local filmmakers

Short Films by local filmmakers

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When Mirrors Had Meaning (PG)

By Yugavardhan

Duration: 13mins 19s
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Synopsis:

With searing visuals and memorable scenes, When Mirrors Had Meaning follows 70-year-old Krishan as he sets off on a journey in search of his distant memory, leaving behind a letter to his family. His daughter Priya is the first to find the letter and assumes the worst. Her mother Rani finds her in a frenzied state but is calm after reading the note, as she has an idea of where her husband might be. They eventually find him in a temple speaking to someone in Hokkien, someone not visible to them. While Priya is confused, Rani knows exactly what is going on, and unveils Krishnan’s storied history to his daughter.

About Yuga J Vardhan

A scholar and a film graduate, Yuga J Vardhan is an alumnus of the Lim Kok Wing University of Creative Technology and has received numerous awards for his academic recognition as well as have had his thesis film, Rain, screened at the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival 2010 and several other film festivals around the world. In Mumbai, He had the opportunity to be acquainted with acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap that further deepened his interest in cinema which led to him to produce and direct “Children of Tomorrow”, a documentary that spoke about the plight of old folks imprisoned against their will in a home looked after by cynical caretakers. The film was screened alongside his two shorts “Rain” and “Mirror” at regional Film Festivals curated by Malaysian writer and Filmmaker Amir Muhammad.

His recent short, When Mirrors Had Meaning won the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival’s Short Film Competition. The film will also be screened at the New York City Mental Health Film Festival (New York, USA) and Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (Toronto, Canada). Yuga J Vardhan continues to strive at creating meaningful content steeped in nostalgia and against a cultural backdrop. His recent film Dark Light, won the Best Director, Cinematographer and Actor award at the National Youth Film Awards 2021.

Nodigal Sivanthaal – Yen Pidiyil Nee (Holding you) (PG13)

By SINGAPORE INDIAN THEATRE & FILM EXPLORERS LTD (S.I.T.F.E)

Duration: 12mins
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Synopsis:

What can you do when letting go is beyond your control?

Inspired by one of Rama Kannabiran’s Tamil short stories, Tanah ANAH Merah Diary, Yen Pidiyil Nee (Holding You) is a Tamil short film about a lady who recollects her beautiful moments with her husband and her past while on her way to bid her final goodbye.

About K. Rajagopal

As a filmmaker, Rajagopal has won the Singapore International Film Festivalʼs Special Jury Prize for three consecutive years. I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997) have been featured at international festivals around the world. Other works include Brother (1999), commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival and Timeless (2011), which won Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the Singapore Short Film Awards 2011. In 2016, his feature A Yellow Bird was selected by the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Rajagopal also has an extensive career in directing for television and acting for stage.

About Saleem Hadi

Saleem Hadi is an award-winning hybrid visual-storyteller who uses theatre and film to shed light on national narratives and social issues. He is also a bilingual (Tamil & English) writer who writes scripts for television, theatre and films, as well as poems and short stories. Saleem Hadi is the first Singaporean to have won Reel Idea Studio’s Cannes 2008 Distinguished Community Documentary Award.

Saleem has contributed heavily to Singapore’s arts and media industry since 1999. Saleem has written, directed and produced more than 20 plays, both in English and Tamil, and 20 short films, some of which have won and were featured in international festivals. Saleem won the 1st Prize for his English short story at National Arts Council’s prestigious Golden Point Award in 2017. Saleem Hadi is currently championing a nation-wide Indian short film archival project, THEINDBOX.SG, under his non-profit organization, Singapore Indian Theatre & Film Explorers (SITFE) Ltd (www.sitfe.sg).

About SITFE

The Singapore Indian Theatre & Film Explorers Ltd, also known as SITFE, is a non-profit organisation that educates and empowers individuals with knowledge and essential tools to produce, act in or direct films and theatre productions. The enterprise provides platforms to showcase an individual’s creative potential and hidden talents, creating and identifying opportunities for employment, life-long learning and skills development.

Our social goals include approaching social beneficiary groups such as ex-offenders and disadvantaged youths to help improve and promote their growth as individuals by providing opportunities to integrate back into the society via creative projects in the arts and media industries. Our objectives also include: providing these identified groups with safe and credible platforms to learn about film and theatre productions, creating an environment to develop the beneficiaries’ confidence, self-respect and will power, and providing employment opportunities for sustaining a livelihood.

Created in April 2016 by Saleem Hadi, SITFE was formed to address the needs of individuals looking for opportunities to showcase their artistic talents, create professional portfolios, network with likeminded and goal-oriented individuals, and address social needs and challenges as a social enterprise. The arts have a proven record as a therapeutic form for individuals who have been in a constrictive or troubled environment. Using the arts as a pedagogical tool, SITFE aims to unlock the potential of people and impart a sense of authority and pride in one’s own abilities and thus, making them responsible citizens.

Nodigal Sivanthaal – Vaergalaada (Dance of the Roots) (PG13)

By SINGAPORE INDIAN THEATRE & FILM EXPLORERS LTD (S.I.T.F.E)

Duration: 19mins
Details

Synopsis:

What happens when the ground you relied on for survival starts moving? Inspired by one of Ma Ilangkannan’s Tamil short stories, Murungaimaram (Drum Stick Tree), Vaergalaada (Dance of the Roots) is a Tamil short film about migrant worker brothers, Vellaiyan and Karuppanan, whose individual personalities and decisions push one of them to the point of no return.

About K. Rajagopal

As a filmmaker, Rajagopal has won the Singapore International Film Festivalʼs Special Jury Prize for three consecutive years. I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997) have been featured at international festivals around the world. Other works include Brother (1999), commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival and Timeless (2011), which won Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the Singapore Short Film Awards 2011. In 2016, his feature A Yellow Bird was selected by the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Rajagopal also has an extensive career in directing for television and acting for stage.

About Saleem Hadi

Saleem Hadi is an award-winning hybrid visual-storyteller who uses theatre and film to shed light on national narratives and social issues. He is also a bilingual (Tamil & English) writer who writes scripts for television, theatre and films, as well as poems and short stories. Saleem Hadi is the first Singaporean to have won Reel Idea Studio’s Cannes 2008 Distinguished Community Documentary Award.

Saleem has contributed heavily to Singapore’s arts and media industry since 1999. Saleem has written, directed and produced more than 20 plays, both in English and Tamil, and 20 short films, some of which have won and were featured in international festivals. Saleem won the 1st Prize for his English short story at National Arts Council’s prestigious Golden Point Award in 2017. Saleem Hadi is currently championing a nation-wide Indian short film archival project, THEINDBOX.SG, under his non-profit organization, Singapore Indian Theatre & Film Explorers (SITFE) Ltd (www.sitfe.sg).

About SITFE

The Singapore Indian Theatre & Film Explorers Ltd, also known as SITFE, is a non-profit organisation that educates and empowers individuals with knowledge and essential tools to produce, act in or direct films and theatre productions. The enterprise provides platforms to showcase an individual’s creative potential and hidden talents, creating and identifying opportunities for employment, life-long learning and skills development.

Our social goals include approaching social beneficiary groups such as ex-offenders and disadvantaged youths to help improve and promote their growth as individuals by providing opportunities to integrate back into the society via creative projects in the arts and media industries. Our objectives also include: providing these identified groups with safe and credible platforms to learn about film and theatre productions, creating an environment to develop the beneficiaries’ confidence, self-respect and will power, and providing employment opportunities for sustaining a livelihood.

Created in April 2016 by Saleem Hadi, SITFE was formed to address the needs of individuals looking for opportunities to showcase their artistic talents, create professional portfolios, network with likeminded and goal-oriented individuals, and address social needs and challenges as a social enterprise. The arts have a proven record as a therapeutic form for individuals who have been in a constrictive or troubled environment. Using the arts as a pedagogical tool, SITFE aims to unlock the potential of people and impart a sense of authority and pride in one’s own abilities and thus, making them responsible citizens.

Smell of Coffee (PG)

By Nishok

Duration: 11mins 43s
Details

Synopsis:

Raga accompanies his grieving grandmother in the wake of his grandfather’s passing. Perplexed by his absence, Raga innocently yearns for his return. A faint yet familiar smell piques his curiosity, leading him on a journey of self-discovery in the fading apartment.

About Nishok

Nishok’s films focus on Singaporean individuals yearning for an approximation of their lost pasts. He strives to present sincere stories that capture and explore the half shades and hardly audible notes of human nature.

Dark Light (NC16)

By Vikneshwaran Silva

Duration: 21mins 15s
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Synopsis:

Mari, a construction worker from India, visits a red-light district seeking Mei, a sex worker from China. However, Mei dislikes him and rejects him. In that moment, he becomes distracted by a large crowd surrounding a gambling table. They are playing a game of dice and Mari takes part in it. After winning a few rounds, he decides to leave but gets forced to put all his money down by the gang member in charge of the table. Mari gets conned and they run away with his money. Mari chases after them but gets ambushed and beat up. Feeling the pressure of having to send money back home to feed his family in India, he does the unthinkable to salvage the situation.

About Vikneshwaran Silva

A passionate filmmaker who loves great storytelling ideas, Vikneshwaran Silva worked in the television industry for a few years before making his first short film and entering film festivals. He honed his skills as a director when he pursued a Masters in Directing at the MET Film School in London in 2017. After which, he made his first short film in Europe, which bagged him six awards and over 30 selections. He has since won numerous awards in film festivals worldwide. Currently, he is involved in freelance corporate projects for production companies to sustain himself financially while gathering funds for his upcoming short films. He actively reaches out to meet passionate people like himself and continuously looks to be part of the creative industry. Recently, he won the Best Director award for this short film Dark Light at the National Youth Film Awards 2021. The next milestone he is working towards and hopes to achieve in the near future is to direct his first feature film or a television series.

Silk (NC16)

By Don Aravind

Duration: 12mins 44s
Details

Synopsis:

A dutiful son struggles to reunite his fractured family as they deal with his ailing father’s condition. However, the shocking discovery of a family secret threatens to undermine his efforts.

About Don Aravind

Don Aravind has consistently straddled both film and television, finding a balance with both mediums that fuels his creative oeuvre. His award-winning short films have been screened locally and internationally at film festivals.  In 2015, he was among the pioneer batch of directors that worked on Singapore’s first English long-running daily drama, Tanglin. Don has also worked on a number of television shows for MediaCorp in English, Tamil and Mandarin. His first web series, Drive, was selected to compete at Festival Series Mania and Marseille Web Festival in France. His short film Angel was also screened at the 28th Singapore International Film Festival. In 2019, Don was part of the HBO Asia series Food Lore, where he directed an episode. His latest short film Silk was screened at the 31st Singapore International Film Festival.

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