Catch 7 Letters at Singapore Coffee Festival

Director Kelvin Tong's Grandma Positioning System (GPS) is one of the films in 7 Letters.
Director Kelvin Tong's Grandma Positioning System (GPS) is one of the films in 7 Letters.PHOTO: 7 LETTERS/ KELVIN TONG

If you could not get tickets to previous screenings of the critically acclaimed Singapore film anthology 7 Letters (2015), do not miss the chance to catch it at the Singapore Coffee Festival.

The event is held from tomorrow to Sunday at the F1 Pit Building. Entry tomorrow is for trade only, but the festival is open to the public from Friday. The film screenings, including 7 Letters at 9pm on Saturday, are free and open to the public.

After a caffeine-fuelled and activity-filled day, visitors can chill out and watch the film in an outdoor area on the ground level of the F1 Pit building.

While a limited number of hammocks will be on-site, visitors are encouraged to take their own picnic mats to the screening venue, which can accommodate about 500 people.

Symmetry cafe will be selling snacks such as nachos with cheese, chicken satay, cookies, ciders and beers at an outdoor booth.

Conceived as a project to celebrate SG50 last year, 7 Letters is a poignant series of short films revolving around the theme of home. The seven film-makers featured are Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, K. Rajagopal, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan and Kelvin Tong.

The response to the film has been overwhelming. It premiered at Capitol Theatre in July last year to sold-out audiences and free tickets to its six public screenings at the National Museum of Singapore were snapped up within three hours in early August. Later that month, seven Golden Village cinemas also screened the movie for an eight-day run.

It was selected as Singapore's entry to the Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category.

Besides 7 Letters, visitors can catch three other home-grown films at the festival. Getai drama 881 (2007) is on at 9pm on Friday and Singapore Dreaming (2006), a film that revolves around a Singaporean working-class family, screens at 11pm that day. On Saturday, Eating Air (1999), a youth drama-cum-gongfu romance film is on at 11pm. They will all be screened at the same venue.

The inaugural Singapore Coffee Festival celebrates Singapore's flourishing coffee scene, with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing all aspects of coffee, from coffee beans and gadgets to brewing techniques and latte art.

  • BOOK IT / SINGAPORE COFFEE FESTIVAL

  • WHERE: F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard

    WHEN: Tomorrow to Sunday, 11am to 9pm (tomorrow for media and trade by registration)

    ADMISSION: $18, $44 (group of four, same-day entry), $43 (VIP). Up to $5 off for DBS/POSB cardholders, $28 (three-day pass for DBS/POSB cardholders). Available from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555)

    INFO: sgcoffeefestival.com.sg

It is organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, presented by DBS and hosted by The Straits Times.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2016, with the headline 'Catch 7 Letters at Coffee Festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe