Perspectives Film Festival
Perspectives Film Festival: Breakthroughs in Cinema is Singapore’s first and longest-running student-led film festival. Showcasing eclectic mixes of cinematic breakthroughs from around the world, this film festival is organised by undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as part of a practicum conducted by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI).  
Over the years

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2023: Sound WAVE

Celebrating its 16th edition this year, Perspectives Film Festival: Breakthroughs in Cinema is Singapore’s first and longest-running student-led film festival. Showcasing an eclectic mix of cinematic breakthroughs from around the world, this year’s edition will present nine films that spotlight an unseen hero of the movie-viewing experience: sound. Organised by undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), this festival is part of a practicum conducted by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI).
 
 
 

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2020: Truth

In our first virtual festival, we interrogated the multifaceted concept of truth as global events disrupt the stability of our lives. Our standout film, Ramona Diaz’s A Thousand Cuts (2020), exposed threats to press freedom under Duterte’s Philippines and featured Rappler’s founder, Maria Ressa, and her Nobel Peace Prize-winning efforts.
 

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2021: What the__?!

The 14th edition marked a stark departure from the ordinary, showcasing cinema at its most daring and ridiculous, subverting all expectations. Alongside two online Q&As and a virtual lineup including Strawberry Mansion (2021) and Belladonna of Sadness (1973), a physical screening of Annette (2021) closed the festival for the first time since it went virtual due to Covid.

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2022: It’s Time…

We went existential on our 15th anniversary as we pondered the permeation of time in cinema. Seated between the precipices of polar binaries — life and death, nature and human, permanence and temporality. We opened with Memory Box (2021) and closed with Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) and Scala (2022), meditations on movie theatres and time. Scala’s director Ananta Thitanat joined us for a live Q&A.

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2017: Rebels

On our 10th anniversary, we curated our largest programme, with a range of award-winning films from Behemoth (2015) and City of Ghosts (2017) to the Zambian Camera d’Or nominee I Am Not a Witch (2017), previously screened at Director’s Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival. Our multimedia events included a screening and panel discussion with Singapore pioneers in virtual reality.

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2018: Institutions

In 2018, the film selection captured the resistance or compliance of individuals against institutions, prompting the audience to reexamine how social constructs have governed our lives. We opened with Jafar Panahi’s 3 Faces (2018), showcased Bertolucci’s The Conformist and closed with Ann Hui’s Song of the Exile (1990).

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2019: Crossroads

Standing at the intersection of people, places and ideas, PFF 2019 examined the tensions that exist in the spaces between convergence and separation, featuring For Sama (2019), a Cannes L’Œil d’or winner for Best Documentary and Vai (2019), coupled with post-screening dialogue.

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2014: Displacement

Our 2014 programme was dedicated to the stories of people estranged from their communities. We featured Short Term 12 (2013), actress Brie Larson’s breakout film based on Director Daniel Cretton’s personal experience in a youth facility, as well as Salaam Bombay! (1988), which screened alongside an exclusive masterclass with screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala.

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2015: Transition

We examined rites-of-passage and coming-of-age stories, opening with Xavier Dolan’s Mommy (2014) and closing with Keisuke Kinoshita’s 1958 classic, The Ballad of Narayama. Our festival also held a screening of award-winning student shorts, and a talk about student programmes at the Cannes Film Festival.

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2016: Surrealism

Paying homage to the surrealist cinema movement, we illuminated the outlandish, perplexing and even uncanny imageries in cinema. The selection of films, including a special double-bill of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality (2013) and Endless Poetry (2016), forced audiences to question all notions of normalcy.

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2011: Films of Controversy

Presenting films that were banned or considered controversial, PFF showcased radical and unorthodox works that offer rare insight into our world. Highlights included the Singapore premiere of the uncut and digitally-restored version of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Blue Kite (1993) in a rare 35mm print.

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2012: Sexuality

In 2012, our festival explored sexuality and its influence on love, fear, psychology and death. Cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) screened at midnight with audiences dressed up and participating in the iconic musical numbers. It also marked the first time we had a post-screening dialogue for Zenne Dancer (2011) in its Asian premiere.

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2013: Independent Cinema

This year’s edition honoured independent films such as Mostafa Farooki’s Television (2012) and Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Boys from Fengkuei (1983). For the first time in our history, we held ancillary events beyond the screen with a masterclass and showcase with Akanga Film Asia, featuring K Rajagopal (A Yellow Bird, 2016).

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2008: The Film Lover’s Guide to Living Well

Our festival’s inaugural year was a retrospective exploration of Singaporean films from the 1960s— the Golden Age of local cinema. The festival curated films that stood as cinematic landmarks in our homegrown industry, including Lion City (1960) and Seniman Bujang Lapok(1961).
 

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2009: Monster Mania

In our second year, we showcased horror and monster films, starting with a free outdoor screening of Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991), introduced by Eric Khoo. ADM faculty member Permagnus Lindborg and three local music groups also produced an original score for the 1922 silent horror classic Nosferatu.
 

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2010: Reality vs. Fiction

In 2010, the programme explored the existential question: What is real? We showcased films that blurred the lines of reality through vivid imagery and mind-bending storytelling, including Waltz with Bashir (2008) and Russian Ark (2002).
Meet the team

PROGRAMMING

L to R: Alec Chua, Celine Ho,
Charlotte Yeong (Head), Charlotte Lim Kai Ler

L to R: Alec Chua, Celine Ho,
Charlotte Yeong (Head), Charlotte Lim Kai Ler

MANAGEMENT

L to R: Daryl Cheong, Nikki Draper,
Ong Tze Kym, Eternality Tan, Michelle Wong

L to R: Daryl Cheong, Nikki Draper,
Ong Tze Kym, Eternality Tan, Michelle Wong

EVENTS

L to R: Tessa Tin, Meg-Gayle Dean,
Tejas Gupta, Serena Wen (Head)

L to R: Tessa Tin, Meg-Gayle Dean,
Tejas Gupta, Serena Wen (Head)

PUBLICITY

L to R: Boh Duang Fu, Seth Low, Jermaine Yeo Jia Min,
Absent: Sherlyn Lee Si Hui (Head)

L to R: Boh Duang Fu, Seth Low, Jermaine Yeo Jia Min Absent: Sherlyn Lee Si Hui (Head)

EDITORIAL

L to R: Tay Wen Wei, Muhammad Farhan, Boo Yi Ting, Edisa Joycelin Yeo, Zoelynn Wong (Head), Rachel Tan

L to R: Tay Wen Wei, Muhammad Farhan, Boo Yi Ting, Edisa Joycelin Yeo, Zoelynn Wong (Head), Rachel Tan

DESIGN & IT

L to R: Celeste Liu, Matthias Ho,
Josephine Sam (Head), Kenneth Lim

L to R: Celeste Liu, Matthias Ho, Josephine Sam (Head), Kenneth Lim