Freedom Film Fest Singapore Marks Its 10th Year With Six Homegrown Films2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
Taking place from 10 to 18 December 2021, Freedom Film Fest 2021 continues its goal of shedding a spotlight on marginalised communities in Singapore. To celebrate its 10th year in Singapore, the festival will be screening four of its past grant winners, a short film celebrating the festival’s history and resiliency, and a preview for a still-in-progress feature-length narrative by participants of its Film Lab.
The week-long celebration will kick off on Friday evening with There to Document: A Decade of FreedomFilmFest in Singapore by Celeste Tan, in collaboration with Sharmeen/Sifar, Fad + Otochthon. It will be accompanied by a preview of Timothy Wong and Pek Jia Hao’s Zi You Zi Zai, an upcoming feature-length film about an ex-gangster engaging in one last VCD piracy scam before building a new life away from crime and poverty.
The screenings will be followed by a post-show discussion joined by independent filmmakers Tzang Merwyn Tong, Celeste Tan, Timothy Wong, Pek Jia Hao, Brandon Ang, and Chris Murphy.
Zi You Zi Zai is created by participants of Freedom Film Fest Singapore’s Film Lab, which started two years ago in hopes of expanding storytelling styles for social change-oriented point-of-views. Over the years, the festival has had a deep history of rendering support through grants and awards to documentary filmmakers who strive to touch on often hidden or unheard stories of Singapore.
Freedom Film Fest Singapore 2021 will be screening four of its past grant winners throughout the week-long celebration. They are: 1987: Untracing the Conspiracy by Jason Soo, Trailer Boys by Yusri Sapari (Shaggy), An Online Citizen by Calum Stuart, The Shades of Love by Jessica Lee. Each will be followed by panel discussions featuring the filmmakers as well as moderators accomplished in their fields.