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Sinema Showoff! Beyond Paradise4 min read

20 June 2011 4 min read


Sinema Showoff! Beyond Paradise4 min read

Reading Time: 4 minutes

“Sinema Showoff! Beyond Paradise” is a selection of films shot by local-based directors outside the comforts of Singapore. Curated by Singapore Polytechnic.

All directors will be in attendance for a Q&A session fo llowing the screening, moderated by Vancouver Singapore Film Festival Director, Jeannine Sheares. We usually run full- house and had 145 peop le attend our last session. So book your tickets online.

Book tickets here >>
Kindly collect tickets by 7.10pm on event day, after that they will be released to walk – in patrons.

Programme of films

Mauricio Osaki | Portugese | 18mins | NC16

Joana is a teenager that loves to see the world through her computer. She is forced to live with a “uncle” while her mother is away and must work out her problems without her virtual world.


Director’s Bio – Mauricio Osaki

Mauricio Osaki is a director and film editor from Brazil.
Mauricio currently lives in Singapore where he is taking his Master of Fine Arts (Film) at NYU Tisch Asia.

Previous Screenings
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
10+Public and Festival Brasileiro de Cinema de Brasilia for Best Director & Best Cinematographer – Digital Competition.


Anthony Chen | English| 23mins | PG

A mother takes her three children on a road trip but finds that home cannot easily be left behind.


Previous Screenings
Interpretation Prize – European Festival of Lille, France
National Winner – Kodak Film School Competition, United Kingdom

Filem Filem Programme, Singapore Arts Festival 2011 (Singapore Premiere)
Official Selection – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic
Official Selection – Brest European Short Film Festival, France
Official Selection – Plus Camerimage Film Festival, Poland

Director’s Bio – Anthony Chen
Anthony Chen is a receipient of the highly acclaimed National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award (2009).

His sophomore short, AH MA (GRANDMA), was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Short Film at the 60th Cannes Film Festival (2007), and secured a Special Mention, the first time a Singaporean was awarded in Cannes. HAZE, his third short film, was nominated for the Golden Bear for Short Film at Berlin (2008). In between all his short films have travelled to numerous films festivals.

Anthony recently completed his Masters at National Film & Television School, London with a scholarship from Media Development Authority (MDA). He also holds a Diploma in Film, Sound & Video from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Anthony is married and hopes to pursue a career in the UK while developing projects in Asia. He is currently planning his first feature film.


Kevin Chan | Mandarin | 12mins| PG

Through serendipity, Rachel, a bubbly florist, meets and falls in love with Chris, an introverted photographer. However, Rachel soon discovers she has an eye disease that requires a cornea transplant. In a twisted act of fate, Rachel, who was involved in a near-accident, receives a pair of corneas from the person who saved her. But upon regaining her sight, Rachel soon reaizes that she has lost more than she actually gained.

Shot on location in Melbourne, Australia.

Previous Screenings
Gold World Medal – Television and Film – Student (Short Film), New York Festivals
Official Selection, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Singapore Short Film Awards 2011

Director’s Bio – Kevin Chan
Kevin Chan holds a Diploma in Film, Sound and Video from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University.

Kevin subsequently received the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) scholarship and obtained his Master of Film & Television from the Victorian College of the Arts and Music in Melbourne, Australia.

Kevin is currently a Media Studies Lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic.

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Raihan Harun| English | 15mins | PG

A Palestine Muslim doctor is confronted with the choice on whether he should save the life of his brother who plans to carry out a suicide bombing.

Shot on location in Melbourne, Australia.

Director’s Bio – Raihan Harun
Best known for his short horror film, PONTIANAK, Raihan Harun holds a Diploma in Film, Sound and Video from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He recently obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film & Television) from the Victorian College of the Arts and Music in Melbourne, Australia.

Raihan currently works as a freelance scriptwriter.


Total Running Time: 68mins


Moderator’s Bio – Jeannine Sheares

Jeannine Sheares is the Festival Director of the Vancouver Singapore Film Festival. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been living in Canada for the past 12 years, initially moving to Vancouver for university and continuing on to live and work in the city.

Jeannine attended Simon Fraser University where she completed an Honours degree in Communications and a minor in Psychology, and went on to work in various industries within the field of Marketing & Communications, most recently with A&W Canada.

Jeannine was involved in the start-up of the Vancouver Singapore Film Festival in 2008 and has since held roles as Publicity Director, Festival Coordinator and Festival Director. She has also been an active volunteer with the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre for seven years, taking on multiple roles as Costume Designer and Marketing Director. She is passionate about film and the arts.

Jeannine is married and is in Singapore to visit family.


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