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To do, to see, to go, to attend: A mid-week list of upcoming events

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TO DO

Make the video you have always wanted to make in one weekend in the Fly By Night Video Challenge 2007. Kicking off on Friday, 2 November at the new Lasalle campus, the weekend-long marathon film competition will close its submissions on the 4th at 12pm.

fbn.jpgAfter the release of the theme on Friday, participants only have the weekend to complete their short films, which then stand a chance to win cash prizes worth $300 (top 10 films), and get selected as The Judges’ Choice Awards, which will be announced ‘live’ on the Sunday night. All you need to do is submit the form to Objectifs at 12A Liang Seah Street, Singapore 189033.

The Substation has opened its doors to accept submissions for the next Singapore Short Film Festival to be held in March 2008. All locally produced films which are less than 30 minutes in length can be submitted via mail or hand delivery to The Substation at 45 Armenian Street S(179936). All entries are to be in by 17 December 2007. Click here to see the terms and conditions and download the submission form.

pf2.jpgTO SEE

Ekachai Uekrongtham’s feature film Pleasure Factory opens this Thursdays in Shaw cinemas island-wide. The 88 minute film interweaves three stories that take place over the course of a night in Geylang, Singapore’s red-light district, and stars veteran Taiwanese actress Yang Kuei-Mei and Thai actor Ananda Everingham alongside Loo Zihan, a prolific short-film maker, as well as Isabella Chen. Pleasure Factory was also part of the official selection of the 60th Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard Section.

Teo Eng Tiong’s first feature, Truth Be Told, will be wrapping up this week, so if you haven’t yet caught it, do so now! The film stars Mediacorp artiste Yvonne Lim as Renee Donovan, a television producer who returns to a neighbourhood she left a decade ago, uncovering secrets and confronting her past, and in the course, revealing the lesser-known face of Singapore’s public housing where the poor and elderly dwell. Truth Be Told has also just won the Most Original Film Award at the Asian Film Festival of Rome.

The Substation returns with First Take in November on the 5th, kicking off at 8pm at The Substation Theatre. This round of screenings will feature the works of Ghazi Alqudcy, a final-year student pursuing his Diploma in New Media at School of Technology for the Arts at Republic Polytechnic. For more information, visit the Substation Moving Images website.

auction.jpgTO GO

The Asia Media Festival will be back this year on 14 November, and among the events is the Asia Film Market & Conference (AFMC). This year’s AFMC will focus on Content Protection, Mobile TV, Content Partnerships and Sports Content. Leading industry experts will be on hand to discuss the most pertinent issues in today’s media landscape. This event is held in conjuction with the Asia Television Forum (ATF) and is supported by the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

The Substation will be holding its first Click For Art auction as a fundraiser, and items up for grabs will be displayed from 2 – 9 November at Millenia Walk, alongside lunchtime performances. Items up for grabs will soon be available on the Substation’s eBay site, so stay tuned to the auction website to keep updated for the list of items up for grabs.

TO ATTEND

A short, 2-week long intensive filmmaking course will be held at Objectifs from 26 November to 7 December, and is helmed by filmmaker Lionel Chok. This course is aimed at all aspiring filmmakers who want to tell their own stories – be it drama, documentary or experimental – and wish to learn both the creative as well as the technical skills. Prosumer DV cameras and accessories will be provided, and editing will be done on the Final Cut Pro terminals at Objectifs. Visit the website for more details.

Also at Objectifs is a week-long Scriptwriting Bootcamp held from 12 to 17 November by Lilian Wang, a freelance filmmaker who has written and directed for short films and television, who comes armed with 10 years of writing experience. Designed for writers with little or no film or television experience, this intensive workshop aims to build a solid foundation in screenwriting through a blend of lectures, writing exercises and guest seminars. Check out the Objectifs website for more details.

The Dov Simens’ 2-day Film School comes to Singapore in January at the Spring Singapore Auditorium. Lasting only 18 hours, the revolutionary film school was attended by luminaries such as Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie. Tickets to the course goes on sale now on the GateCrash website.

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