Weekend One: 22-24 Nov 2019
Weekend Two: 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2019
ABOUT FESTIVAL VILLAGE:
The all-new SMF Festival Village will host exciting activities over two action-packed weekends at Armenian Street!
Join in the fun, which will include dazzling cinematic experiences under the stars – such as Japanese filmmaker Naoko Ogigami’s 2012 comedy-drama Rent-a-Cat.
The SMF Festival Village will also host interactive events such as workshops and masterclasses, immersive AR and VR showcases, live performances, meet-and-greet sessions, food and games and other entertainment perfect for bonding with your friends and family.
Admission is free, so see you there!
A sneak peek list of what’s screening!
Food Lore: A Plate of Moon (2019)
Director: Don Aravind
*World Premier of HBO’s first India Episode*
Anbu, a reluctant young domestic helper from India has been hired to care for Raja, an elderly man in Singapore suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Amidst their struggles and differences, they bond over food, love, and memories. Just when all seems to be going well, an unexpected piece of news sends Anbu’s world unravelling again.
Rent-a-Cat (2012) (Japanese)
Director: Naoko Ogigami
Director Naoko will make opening remarks before the film.
A single woman runs a rent-a-cat service to provide companions for lonely people.
SuckSeed (2011) (Thai)
Director: Chayanop Boonprakob
Ped was a shy boy who never listened to music until introduced to it by his childhood crush, Ern. Ern soon leaves for Bangkok, and it is only six years later that they meet again. Ped's brash best friend, Koong, convinces Ped, along with schoolmate Ex, to form a band with Ern. Their shared attraction to Ern puts a strain on their friendship, and the band's survival.
Screening: The Playbook (PG) (Mandarin)
Cancer Stricken Sheila has just 30 days to live, after telling her best friends that her biggest regret is never falling in love, they decide to help her re-enact scenes from her favourite rom-coms, with the help of a Thai nightclub bartender as her ‘male lead’.
Learn from the Gurus!
Workshop: Creating Stories of Friendship + Family
By Naoko Ogigami (writer of series Rilakkuma and Kaoru)
A hands on workshop on creating meaningful stories and characters led by Japanese award winning filmmaker Naoko Ogigami who also wrote the animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru.
Episodes 9 and 11 will be screened during the workshop.
For ages 7 to 12.
Registration details will be shared shortly.
In Conversation with: Beatrice Chia-Richmond, Director and Actress, Michael Chiang, Writer
With Chua En Lai, Actor
Michael Chiang is a prolific playwright and screenwriter in Singapore who pens comedies and musicals with a distinct Singapore flavour. He is best known for iconic stage works Army Daze and Beauty World, which were both adapted into screenplays for film and television respectively. Having started his career as a journalist with Singapore Press Holdings, Chiang went on to become CEO at MediaCorp Publishing, and considers himself an "accidental playwright", having always written his plays while holding full-time jobs. After taking a hiatus from writing scripts for 14 years, he returned with High Class, a play about high-society ladies, in 2013. The following year, he released an anthology of his works, PlayThings, and launched The A List, a fortnightly arts magazine commissioned by the National Arts Council.
One of Singapore’s most prominent creative figures, Beatrice Chia Richmond is a multi-award-winning theatre and creative director who has helmed over 45 productions. After a run of hit shows, Beatrice was named Young Artist of 2006, the nation’s highest accolade for the arts, and moved on to becoming the first female Creative Director of the National Day Parade in 2011, an honor she repeated in 2016. She was also the Creative Director behind the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2015 South East Asian Games in Singapore. Beatrice is currently Creative Director of the Singapore Bicentennial Experience which opened to public in May 2019.
Join the Fun!
Power Rangers and 501st Legions Cosplay Parade
- The Good Burgers
- TruBlue Café
- The Black Hole group
- The Three Good Guys
- Take a Bite