The Festival

Perspectives Film Festival: Breakthroughs in Cinema 2016 explores the theme of Surrealism, presenting an international selection of films from the Surrealist cinema movement. The programme aims to jolt viewers out of their comfortable assumptions by illuminating the outlandish, perplexing, and uncanny imageries repressed in the unconscious mind.

Marking nearly a hundred years since the beginning of the Surrealist art movement, this year’s programme is a timely curation of films, ranging from stories that express a distorted reality through unique art direction, to layered narratives that tap into feelings, dreams and memories to explore the human mind.

Perspectives Film Festival – Breakthroughs in Cinema is an annual film festival practicum course run by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and organised by undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University. It is Singapore’s only large-scale, student run film festival and has upheld its promise to screen uncut films since its beginning in 2008. Each year’s films explore breakthroughs in cinema through a different lens, including sexuality (2012), displacement (2014) and transitions (2015).

Directors’ Message

After eight years of exploring the human condition through themes like transitions and sexuality, we are taking a sharp turn off the beaten path.

This year, Perspectives Film Festival dives deep into the human mind, to probe what bubbles beneath our consciousness. We have handpicked seven films to amuse, horrify and titillate the senses; films that blur the lines between dreams and reality; films that not only resist interpretation, but challenge your very expectation of film itself.

Come, join us as we embark on a whirlwind journey and plunge deep into the unpredictable world of SURREALISM.

Joshua & Michelle
Festival Directors

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