13th edition of Singapore Short Cuts presents diverse works



They are women, hear them roar. The focus of this edition of Women In Film is documentaries and the line-up includes Anka Schmid's Wild Women: Gentle Beasts (2015, above), which takes a look at five women who work with tigers, lions and bears in circuses.

Another intriguing offering is Penny Lane's Nuts! (2016), about an American who touted a fake cure for impotence in the 1900s - by transplanting goat testicles onto men. 

WHERE: Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis WHEN: Oct 21 to Nov 17 (Wednesday to Saturday, excluding public holiday), 7.30pm ADMISSION: $5 a screening via womeninfilm2016.peatix.com INFO: www.objectifs.com.sg/womeninfilm2016

Boon Chan


Designed to expand the mind (or send it into orbit), the festival organised by Nanyang Technological University students is in its ninth year.

This year's theme is surrealism and the programme includes the Japanese film The Taste Of Tea (PG13, 143 minutes). Director Katsuhito Ishii shows a family who live in a magical reality of their own, one in which a giant version of a daughter lives in the garden (above). He will be speaking at the screening. 

WHERE: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road; and The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/ Nicoll Highway WHEN: Oct 27 to 30, various times ADMISSION: $11 a film; festival passes at $40 (four films) and $65 (seven films) INFO: For schedule, go to www.perspectivesfilmfestival.com

John Lui


This donation-funded festival celebrates Singapore and international animation and features adult-oriented, edgy content such as Zepo (above).

Now in its fifth year, it has doubled its slate to two programmes, each featuring 10 shorts from both students and professionals.

Home-grown directors will be discussing their works.

WHERE: Kult Kafe, 11 Upper Wilkie Road MRT: Little India WHEN: Oct 22, 6pm ADMISSION: Entry by donation INFO: To RSVP, go to www.cartoonsunderground.com

John Lui


After going Awol for five years, the festival showcasing the best in animation from Singapore and worldwide screens is back.

In addition to a screening of the wordless Oscar-nominated Brazilian film Boy And The World (PG, 2013), the event will feature the works of Australian claymation master Adam Elliot, such as Ernie Biscuit (2015, above). Elliot will also speak at the screening of his cult comedy Mary And Max (NC16, 2009).

WHERE: The Projector; *Scape Gallery, Level 5, 2 Orchard Link; and Alliance Francaise, 1 Sarkies Road MRT: Nicoll Highway/Somerset/ Newton WHEN: Till Sunday, various times ADMISSION: $5 to $16 INFO: sfs.org.sg/animation

John Lui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2016, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe