The debut function movie of Singaporean photographer and film-maker John Clang is within the operating for a prestigious award at one of many largest public movie occasions within the world.
The movie, titled Their Remaining Journey, is eligible for the Bright Future Award on the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), an annual movie pageant held in numerous cinemas within the metropolis of Rotterdam within the Netherlands.
This award is given to film-makers chosen to current the world or worldwide premiere of their first feature-length movie within the pageant’s Bright Future part. It comes with a €10,000 (S$16,000) prize, to be spent on the event of the film-maker’s subsequent movie mission.
This 12 months, there are 18 movies eligible for the award, the pageant revealed in a weblog publish final Friday.
The jury for the award consists of movie pageant Netia Off Camera’s creative director Ania Trzebiatowska, Rotterdam film-maker and editor Nathalie Alonso Casale and Grasshopper Films distributor Ryan Krivoshey.
Clang’s 101-minute movie, made on a US$100,000 (S$133,000) price range, is described as a “tale of reincarnation” that includes the tales of a dead theatre actress, a former mistress and an untrue husband.
Shot in Singapore, Taiwan and New York in 2014 and 2015, the movie options an virtually solely Singaporean solid and crew, together with theatre actress Doreen Toh, who has acted in native productions equivalent to The Spirits Play in October final 12 months, in addition to Clang’s dad and mom and associates.
The movie’s cinematography is completed by rising artist Lavender Chang and its music is dealt with by composer and musician Clarence Chung. Its dialogue is in Mandarin, Hokkien and Cantonese.
Clang, 44, is predicated in New York. When contacted, he mentioned: “I suppose I ought to really feel pleased, however I feel relieved is a greater phrase. My movie is a bit difficult to look at. If it isn’t accepted on the IFFR – which champions progressive and experimental movies – I feel I might be a bit lost and frightened.
He added: “I am not focused on winning this award. The film itself is a part of my art practice and, as an artist, that is enough for me.”
On his determination to create a movie, he mentioned: “I had all the time needed to make movies since I used to be 23 years previous. Before I moved to New York, I even closed down a worthwhile pictures studio to affix a manufacturing home in Singapore.
“I do not actually think about myself a film-maker. Rather, I think about myself an artist and movie is a part of the medium and language I take advantage of in my artwork.
“I want to make films that express my vision as an artist, not for entertainment, but more for our contemplation. I will continue to make challenging films even though the audience may be slim. There is always hope that the next generation will find something inspiring in this humble effort of mine.”
The movie’s world premiere is slated to happen within the Netherlands on Jan 30 and Clang hopes to finally display screen it in Singapore.
The pageant is a recognised platform in Europe for launching new movies and expertise and actively helps unbiased film-making from across the globe.
It will happen from Jan 24 to Feb four this 12 months and the Bright Future Award can be offered throughout an awards ceremony on Feb 2.