Film Education in Transition: A Conversation with Han Fengyu, Shane Lim & Juan Foo
Join us for an afternoon of award-winning short films from two burgeoning filmmakers — November by Shane Lim and Last Trip Home by Han Fengyu — followed by a dialogue with the young talents and veteran producer Juan Foo.
Dir. Shane Lim l 2014 l Singapore l 15 mins l NC16 (Some Nudity) l In English
Kai has just tested positive for herpes, and breaks the news to his girlfriend, Min, who then goes for a test. With the spectre of infidelity looming large over the couple, the teenagers confront fears and uncertainties as they transit into adulthood.
Inspired by the director’s own close brush with herpes, November is filled with cutting, realistic dialogue – also partly due to the improvised acting. With its dynamic cinematography, this atmospheric short film captures the realities and paranoia of adolescence.
November clinched the Best Script award at the Singapore Short Film Awards this year, and has been nominated for the Golden Reel, an award for the best short film, at the 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2015. The film, which premiered at the 2014 Singapore International Film Festival, also won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Direction at this year’s inaugural National Youth Film Awards.
Last Trip Home
Dir. Han Fengyu l 2014 l Singapore l 25 mins l PG13 (Some Violence) l In Chinese with English subtitles
Profoundly quiet and meditative, Last Trip Home tells the story of a Chinese immigrant father and son whose roles seem inverted, as they battle the storms of being homeless in the city. Clearly displaced out of their natural environment, they only wish to find their way home, using their only possession, a car.
With its deliberate camera techniques, the film is an atypical take on the undying love between father and son, and their shared nostalgia for the happier, simpler times.
The film was the first Singaporean student film to screen at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation Selections and was nominated for the prestigious Cinefondation Award. Last Trip Home was named the Best Fiction Film at 2015 Singapore Short Film Awards, and also nominated for the Best Southeast Asian Short Film at the 2014 Singapore International Film Festival, where it premiered.
About the Speakers
With a strong devotion to films from a young age, Fengyu began his filmmaking journey in 2011. His filmography now boasts 10 shorts and a music video, Mum and Daughter (2012). He gained international recognition with his short Last Trip Home (2014), which was nominated for the prestigious Cinefondation Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Fengyu graduated with a diploma in Film, Sound and Video from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2014.
Shane is a filmmaker and photographer who hopes to explore nuances in human nature, beyond culture and geography. He first chanced upon the short film format at age 15, which quickly kickstarted his experimentation with filmmaking. Shane’s debut short film November (2014) has won big at several local festivals, and has travelled internationally. Shane graduated with a diploma in Film, Sound and Video from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2014.
Juan has worked in a producing role in seven feature films, including Perth (2004) and Return to Pontianak (2001), and other anthologies and international documentaries. He also successfully optioned and sold a script to a Hollywood studio. Juan has incubated film projects through international platforms, such as the “Asia-Europe Coproduction Meeting”, “Hubert Bals Award” and “Produire Au Sud”.
Passionate about film education, Juan worked at the Workforce Development Agency and the Media Development Authority to nurture young talent, and has also taught at numerous local universities and film schools. He is now involved in “U Creative”, a platform set up to address challenges in the creative media industry.