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2015 Singapore Chinese Film Festival 新加坡华语电影节

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The 2015 Singapore Chinese Film Festival (SCFF) drew its final curtains on April 30. Movie buffs were treated to 40 movies from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore at 46 screening sessions held over 14 days at GV VivoCity, GV Suntec City and the National Museum of Singapore.

The opening film, North by Northeast, shot in northeastern China, was an interesting mashup of comedy and crime detective genre. It was attended by some 200 invited guests including Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, SIM University; actress Petrina Fung Bo Bo; film directors from various regions, including Clifton Ko and Benny Lau from Hong Kong, Zhang Bingjian and Xin Yukun from China, Ho Wi Ding from Malaysia, Jack Neo and other local filmmakers. Fans were thrilled to catch a glimpse of the affable Fung Bo Bo, who started her filming career when she was a 4-year-old kid.

Prior to the screening of the film, Kenneth Tan, Chairman, Singapore Film Society gave a welcome address. This was followed by a short speech by Professor Eddie Kuo, Director, UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies, who declared the official opening of 2015 SCFF. 

Zhang Bingjian, Director of North by Northeast, had an engaging exchange with the audience members who stayed back after the screening.

The following days saw the screening of 20 feature films under the main segment, Chinese Panorama; 5 documentaries; 4 Chinese shorts showcase; and 11 classics by Taiwan veteran director, Lee Hsing. 

A total of 16 local and overseas filmmakers/speakers were specially invited to share their filmmaking experiences with audience members over 21 question-and-answer sessions and 2 Chinese Talkies Panels.

The first panel talk, 'The Challenges and Opportunities of Filmmaking in Mainland China' was held on April 18 at SIM University. The speakers were Zhang Bingjian and Xin Yukun from China; and Ho Wi Ding from Malaysia. David Lee, Vice Chairman of Singapore Film Society was the moderator. The 3 directors shared with some 50 audience members the challenges and opportunities they faced carving their niche in the whopping film-making industry in China.

The second panel talk, 'Tribute to Lee Hsing: A Life in Cinema' was held at the National Museum of Singapore on April 25. Director Lee Hsing from Taiwan, Zhang Jianyong, former Deputy Curator of China's Film Archive Institute, and Director Wan Jen were the guest speakers. The session was moderated by Associate Professor Foo Tee Tuan, Deputy Director of UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies. He also presented on behalf of Liu Hsien-cheng, who could not make it to the talk at the last minute due to personal reasons. The energetic 85-year-old Director Lee spoke with gusto and hit his walking stick on the ground intermittently to emphasise the points he made. His sharing of behind-the-scene snippets were met with hearty laughter from the 150-strong audience, many of whom fondly reminisced the times they first watched his movies in the 1960s.

To complement the screening of Lee Hsing classics, a 10-metre long L-shaped panel showcasing the posters of 11 Lee Hsing classic movies was mounted outside the Gallery Theatre of National Museum of Singapore from 25-30 April, attracting hundreds of visitors.

The 2015 SCFF was made possible through the sponsorship from Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore, Spotlight Taiwan Project (Special Patron Dr Samuel Yin) in collaboration with Taipei Representative Office in Singapore, Chinese Language and Culture Fund, Lee Foundation, Promote Mandarin Council and Grand Harvest Media Pte Ltd.

[ 'Tribute to Lee Hsing: A Life in Cinema' panel talk video recording ]
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2015新加坡华语电影节


第三届新加坡华语电影节于2015年4月17日至30日假嘉华怡丰城、嘉华新达城、新加坡国家博物馆举行。此次电影节为影迷精选了40部来自中港台、新加坡和马来西亚的华语独立电影,共分46场次放映。

约200名受邀嘉宾济济一堂,出席了由张秉坚导演执导的黑色喜剧开幕片《东北偏北》。嘉宾包括了新跃大学校长张起杰教授、来自香港的冯宝宝、高志森、刘伟恒;来自中国的张秉坚、忻钰坤;来自马来西亚的何蔚庭;以及梁志强等本地导演。影迷对有机会一睹冯宝宝的风采,尤感兴奋。

新加坡电影协会主席陈继贤、新跃中华学术中心主任郭振羽教授分别为电影节致开幕词。张秉坚导演在映后和观众进行了一场有意义的对话。

电影节总共放映了20部长片、5部纪录片、4部短片及11部李行导演的经典影片。总计16名本地及外地电影人出席了21场映后/映前交流会及两场座谈会。

第一场“华语电影面对面座谈会”于4月18 假新跃大学进行。邀请了张秉坚、忻钰坤、何蔚庭担任主讲嘉宾,由李富楠担任主持人。三位主讲人就“电影导演在中国:机会与挑战”分享了在中国拍独立电影所面对的种种机会与挑战,吸引了约50名观众出席。

第二场座谈会“承先启后:李行的电影人生”于4月25日假新加坡国家博物馆进行。邀请了李行导演、中国电影资料馆前馆长张建勇、万仁导演担任主讲嘉宾。刘现成副教授由于临时有事无法出席,由主持人符诗专副教授代为呈现演讲内容。高龄85的李导演,说话铿锵有力、敢说敢言的性格透露了影坛的有趣密辛,加上不时以拐杖‘咯咯’碰触地面来加强语气,令在场的约150观众拍案叫绝。

此次为配合李行经典展,特别在国家博物馆底层搭了一个10米长的李行经典电影海报墙,让更多观众对李行导演的作品有进一步的了解。

此届新加坡华语电影节获得了香港经济贸易新加坡办事处、驻新加坡台北代表处、“台湾文化光点计划”(特别赞助人尹衍樑博士)、中华语言文化基金、李氏基金、推广华语理事会、天地丰谷文化传媒有限公司的赞助。

[ “承先启后:李行的电影人生”录影 ]
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