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ABSTRACTS FOR BEST FILM PAPERS

Best Film Papers (Pre-tertiary category)

12 Storeys by Jasvin Wuu

A critical appreciation of the film directed by local filmmaker Eric Khoo, 12 Storeys, which depicts the quiet desperation and alienation suffered by three groups of Singaporeans living in the same HDB block. This reflection of the inadequacy of the Singaporean dream is an important step towards the realization that while we enjoy economic success, there are social problems that merit examination. This paper aims to analyze how the film depicts the isolation suffered by various Singaporeans despite living in close quarters to each other and how such alienation is still present in today’s society.

Examination of the Family in Singapore Film by Goh Shunjie

The issue of the family unit and the problems that surround it plague reel society just as much as it does the real. This paper seeks to explore the different ways in which families are portrayed in Singapore film and how they reflect family culture in reality. Through films such as Jack Neo’s box office smashes, Money No Enough I & II, Kelvin Tong and Jasmine Ng’s Eating Air and short films such as Anthony Chen’s Ah Ma, all of which span across different sub-cultures as well as time periods in Singapore, a greater understanding of how the family has evolved can be attained.

Best Film Papers (Tertiary category)

The Singapore Heartland: The Performing Identities of Local Landscapes by Eleine Ng

This paper will closely analyze films from Singapore’s Revival Age in the 1990s to the present (e.g. Eating Air, 12 Storeys, Singapore Dreaming and Gone Shopping) in order to examine how the Heartland shapes, portrays and offers alternatives to the (re)presentation and formation of national identity in Singapore. The various employment of the Heartland in these films highlights how local landscapes are essential means to understanding and conceptualizing the processes of building national identity in Singapore. As observed in these films, public and private spaces like coffee-shops, void-decks, playgrounds, bathrooms and bedrooms, become more than just places for communal and personal interaction. The Heartland and other recognizable local landscapes in Singapore films are not only used as convenient backdrops to the rituals of everyday life in Singapore, but they can be regarded as pivotal instruments that not only mould personal identity but embody the complicated struggle of forming a national identity. Paradoxically, these familiar spaces that help create a recognizable Singapore on screen are repeatedly used as sites of transgression and alienation, so as to challenge the prolific and dominant representations of a cohesive Singaporean identity. If national film can be regarded as a site for the construction and contestation of national identity, how is Singapore’s national identity represented; more importantly, whose identity is being created on screen, and is it one that we accept? Is the national identity created in and conveyed through Singapore films a coherent or fractured one?

881: The Postmodern Musical by Natasha Zhao

The cinema has been identified as a site shaped by discourses such as postmodernism and capitalism. This paper aims to look specifically at these discourses through Royston Tan’s 881. Postmodernism has emphasized self-consciousness and the dissolving of boundaries between time and place, old and new. Its proponents have lauded it for being subversive while its critics point out its position as capitalism’s cultural lackey. With a focus on filmic analysis, this paper consequently shows how 881 does not take either of these extreme viewpoints, but instead how both stances are complicit in the film.

PRESENTATION SUMMARIES OF BEST CINEODEON TEAMS

Best Cineodeon Teams (Pre-tertiary category)

Not 881, Not Money No Enough – But it’s Singaporean! by Shuqun Secondary School

Join us as we share our secrets on how we achieved a 90% turnout rate to our movie screening. Our presentation will walk you through our various publicity and marketing strategies, including the difficulties that were encountered and how we managed to effectively and efficiently solve them. Witness our post-screening activity and see how we broke arms and legs the Shuqun way to make this event a success!

Through The Looking Glass: The Dichotomy Between Two Worlds by Dunman High School

In the popular children's book by Lewis Carroll, Alice is transported into another world. Similarly, we have purposed for our screening to bring our audience to the third world countries of Where The Sun Rises and Santa Is Here, in a bid to highlight to them the disparity between our two worlds and stimulate reflection on how privileged lifestyles are in our current reality. Also, as organizers we have learnt much through this journey. Hence, our presentation aims to showcase the kaleidoscope of meanings this screening creates, through the looking glass.

MRT: Rail to Reel Life by SCGS & CHIJ Toa Payoh

Our presentation will discuss how the SCGS-CHIJ collaboration worked and how we went about screening two films that feature Singaporeans and their everyday life. As we describe our journey through this Cineodeon Project, we will share our experiences in securing sponsorship for the event as well as how we organized a director’s sharing session. The audience will also be given an insider look into how we focused on the theme of family relationships and identity in our publicity efforts and at the actual screening.

Of Love and Literature by Hwa Chong Institution

Have you ever wondered what love really is? Have you ever wondered how love is conveyed by literature? Do you know that Literature is used to create more meaning to the film you are watching? By examining the literary aspects of Moonly and The Art of Flirting, we explored different types of love and how they were conveyed in the two films. As such, the films were analysed for their techniques and methods that give the audience a holistic perspective of how love can exist around us. The team stimulated audience interaction by not only breaking away from learning Literature at a superficial level, but also providing the audience with something to take away after the exciting and creativity-filled programme.

Best Cineodeon Teams (Tertiary category)

Nothing Special - Just A Cup of Passion by NTU-SCI

"Nothing special - just a cup of passion" is the description that best epitomizes our motivation for organizing the screening of Grace Phan’s Where The Sun Rises. Without doubt, our group knew we had to screen this film when we first saw it, not only because we were touched by the scenes depicted in the documentary, but also because of the Timorese spirit of forgiveness. We were amazed at how the director made forgiveness, such a difficult concept to grasp, attainable. We knew that it would be a pity if we did not bring this film to our peers. This presentation is thus about how five girls overcame various obstacles to screen a film they passionately believed in.

The Significant Dollar: An Occupation Of Singaporean Films by NTU-ADM

Derived from the “One Dollar Song” from Tan Pin Pin's Singapore Gaga, our programme aimed to feature filmmakers as part of the work-force of society, essential in the preservation of our culture and identity, yet often under-represented and denied sufficient support for their craft. Our main purpose was to bring our audiences beyond the surface of looking at the represented lives on screen. We hoped to push them to think deeper about the creators behind these images and acknowledge them. The varied film selections mirrored the pragmatism of modern society, yet highlighted the continuation of our own cinema history. Our presentation will discuss the conception of our programme as well as our publicity methods and reach. We will also present on how the four films selected by our team is a good reflection of our Singaporean livelihood, including our featured artists. As filmmakers of tomorrow's Singapore, it is essential that we bring to light our purpose and standing in the stories we tell and our constant struggle to bring them to screen.

The Eagle Eye of Great Films by ITE College East

Joining Cineodeon 2008 for the first time as programmers was a good experience that we never had before. We learnt about the difference in perception that audiences have towards Hollywood, local and art films, and consequently how they made movie choices. We will be presenting on how we pushed hard to make the screening happen at our school and on the pre-planned strategies that we had to adapt at the actual screening.

 


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