Film festivals flourish in Singapore

The film festival scene in Singapore is getting livelier - with events with themes ranging from accounting to fly fishing

Tampopo (1985) by director Juzo Itami looks at the relationship between love and food. Yellow Earth (1984, starring Xue Bai, left), which depicts the hard life in rural China, is the directorial debut of Chen Kaige and its cinematographer is Zhang Yi
Yellow Earth (1984, starring Xue Bai, above), which depicts the hard life in rural China, is the directorial debut of Chen Kaige and its cinematographer is Zhang Yimou. PHOTO: CHINA FILM ARCHIVE, JANUS FILMS

While many tend to think of film festivals as a place to catch arthouse independent films or foreign-language movies, the scene here has become more vibrant than ever, say observers - catering to interests as niche and diverse as fishing and even ethical accounting.

Take, for instance, new entrant to the film festival calendar, Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival, which debuts in Singaporeon on Sept 12 with a selection of four short films.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2018, with the headline 'Film fests flourish '. Subscribe