Arts Film Preview Singapore

Preview: Perspectives Film Festival 2017


Singapore’s only student-run festival returns for its 10th edition this October!

Having opened last Friday with the Singaporean premiere of award winning director Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts (which will also be playing at the Singapore Writers Festival in November), the annual Perspectives Film Festival is organized by students from the Nanayang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information from start to end, and runs till 29th October this year.

I Am Not A Witch

Slated to have its biggest programme yet, the 2017 festival will have a bumper crop selection of 11 films this year, centered around the theme of ‘Rebels’, where daring narratives and fearless characters challenge social norms and the Big Brothers of institutional systems. Some of the highlights this year include Singaporean premieres The Lure (dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska, 2015) and I Am Not a Witch (dir. Rungano Nyoni, 2017), both playing at the National Museum next weekend, and rare restored classics such as McCabe & Mrs. Miller (dir. Robert Altman, 1971).

The Lure

In addition, the festival will also be featuring a series of fringe events that will be taking place alongside, such as the screening of virtual reality (VR) shorts that will allow participants to fully immerse themselves in a new storytelling medium, as well as take part in a panel discussion with said VR artists and companies, the brains behind this groundbreaking, futuristic technology.

With premieres, classics and an overall incredibly well curated selected of films this year, the 10th Perspectives Film Festival is set to be yet another boundary pushing edition of the festival, and testament to the good work that the students at Wee Kim Wee are producing, a well produced event that we hope will continue with its innovative slant and forward looking attitude.


The Perspectives Film Festival runs at various venues till 29th October. For full lineup and more information, visit their website here


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