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Asian Film Archive Presents Symposium on Singapore Cinema
Date: 20 September 2008 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Venue: Singapore Management University, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

Launched in 2007, the Asian Film Archive Presents Symposium series has established itself as an important event on the local film events calendar. The Symposium serves as an intellectual and practical nexus between filmmakers from the region, industry professionals, film scholars, and students interested in films and its industry.

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of ASEAN in 2007, the Symposium on Southeast Asian Digital Cinema involved more than 200 participants. This event featured presentations from students vying for the Best Cineodeon Team, Best Film Paper, and the Best Inter-school Film Project. Two panels consisting of distinguished filmmakers, film scholars and film critics discussed issues concerning new South-east Asian cinema, film criticism and programming. In total, 11 pre-tertiary and tertiary institutions were represented, including National University of Singapore (NUS), LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore Polytechnic and Hwa Chong Institution (High School).

This year, the Symposium shines a spotlight on Singapore Cinema. The outstanding work of participants vying for the awards of Best Film Paper and Best Cineodeon Team will be showcased. Additionally, a panel session featuring notable speakers from the film industry will discuss issues regarding Singapore cinema. The Symposium on Singapore Cinema will culminate in the inaugural Asian Film Archive Young Jury Awards. These awards will be voted by a panel of Young Jury members, as part of our Moving Minds Lab programme. The youths will honour film professionals in Singapore with prizes including the Best Film, Best Director, Best Performance, Best Cinematography, amongst others. The Symposium will be held at the Singapore Management University (SMU) Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium. All participating schools will be present.


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