For the first time ever in Vietnam, the Singapore Film Society in collaboration with RICE & Partners, is proud to present the Singapore Film Festival 2018, held at CGV Vincom Dong Khoi Ho Chi Minh City.

The festival will stretch from the 1st to the 4th November, and will showcase four films by leading Singaporean directors, as well hosting a panel discussion with filmmakers from both Singapore and Vietnam.

All of the events are FREE, and attendance can be registered at: https://bit.ly/2DW6MUB

The Hosts:

The Singapore Film Society is the hub for film festivals and events in Singapore. Since its founding in 1958, it has been nurturing a rapidly growing community of cinephiles with carefully curated programming and events. The driving force behind everything the Singapore Film Society does, is the belief that film should be accessible to everyone. With this in mind, the Singapore Film Society aims to be an entry point for anyone who is interested in learning more about film, or the film industry.

RICE & Partners is the first content marketing company by filmmakers in Vietnam. A passionate collective of writers, artists, filmmakers and marketing professionals with an avid love of film, and a commitment to producing meaningful content of the highest quality. RICE & Partners also run RICE Channel, a platform that supports people and communities in Ho Chi Minh City and beyond, while simultaneously giving their team a means to express their creativity.

The Schedule:

Thursday 1st November

  • 30pm: Opening night & Screening: 7 Letters with special guests Boo Junfeng and Tan Pin Pin

Friday 2nd November

Saturday 3rd November

  • 2pm: Panel Discussion with special guests Boo Junfeng, Tan Pin Pin and Hàm Trần
  • 30pm: Screening: 3688

Sunday 4th November

  • Closing night & Screening: Ramen Teh with special guest Boo Junfeng

The Films:

7 Letters

7 Letters (2015) is a collaborative work between seven of Singapore’s most prolific and illustrious directors; Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, K Rajagopal, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan, and Kelvin Tong. Each of the seven short films act as a love letter from the director to Singapore, displaying the unique and varied connections they have with their homeland. Viewed as one, the films form an emotive, heartfelt and often comedic anthology; exploring themes of friendship, romantic and familial love, identity, multiculturalism, ritualistic tradition and change.

Released in 2015, 7 Letters was a fitting, multicultural celebration of Singapore’s 50th year of independence, and a sincere attempt at showcasing the depth and breadth of human experience in Singapore.

Apprentice

Apprentice (2016) is a dark, compassionate drama by director Boo Junfeng, in which he allows us a glimpse into the life of a prison correctional officer, as he becomes increasingly embroiled in the complexities of the capital punishment system. At its core, the film is an exploration of love and loss, and aims to show how grief can continue to impact a family in different ways over numerous years.

Apprentice has won several awards including Best Editor at the Asian Film Awards, Best Feature Film at the St Louis International Film Festival, Best Picture at the QCinema International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Critic’s Choice Award at the Fribourg International Film Festival.

3688

3688 (2015) is a colourful, vivacious musical comedy from director Royston Tan, which follows a well-loved parking attendant in her quest to realise her passion for singing, and support her sick and aged father. The film sensitively deals with themes of loss, dependance, familial duty and self-expression while remaining funny and light-hearted throughout. The Singapore of 3688 is kitsch but instantly recognisable, and it provides a richness of tone which can’t help but draw you in.

3688 is the fifth feature film from award-winning Singaporean director Royston Tan and was nominated for the Grand Prix at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in 2016. 

Ramen Teh

Ramen Teh (2018) is a thoughtful, sentimental drama from director Eric Khoo. Telling the story of a part-Japanese, part-Singaporean ramen chef, the film anchors itself in a culinary context, using food as a vehicle by which to explore deeper themes of kinship, ancestry, identity, memory and multiculturalism. After the death of his father, and the discovery of items which once belonged to his long-deceased mother, protagonist Masato follows his instincts back to Singapore, in a touching journey of self-realization.

Award-winning director Eric Khoo is a seminal Singaporean filmmaker, whose prolific career has spanned several decades and contributed greatly to the revival of the film industry in Singapore.

For more information, please contact hanhnguyen@riceandpartners.com