Echoes of an Escape

15 February 2013, 8pm

Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium @ University Town
National University of Singapore

Free Admission

Echoes of an Escape is a showcase of five short films nominated for the 3rd Singapore Short Film Awards 2012

Seek refuge from the daily grind and be enthralled by the visions of escape put forth onscreen: a child escapes boredom by entering an enchanting dreamland, a son evades the dire issues of living with an aging mother, a divorced mother and a young groom struggle to leave the pasts behind, a pair of lovers muse about escaping into the fantasy of a movie-world romance.

Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

Check out the schedule and nominees of upcoming Singapore Short Film Awards 2013 at

The Hole

Tan Shijie
2011 / PG / 18 min

Won - Best Director, Fiction, Script, Sound,
Nominated - Best Cinematography

Ka-San is compelled to get her son Kenji married off, only to his constant stubborn refusals. On a visit to his father's grave, Kenji begins to realise his mother's intentions, fears and hopes drawing both mother and son closer.

Shijie has directed 3 other short films, his short For Two (2009) was acclaimed by the International Film Guide as one of the Top 5 Singapore Films of 2009 and was also in selection for the 66th Venice Film Festival.


Lincoln Chia
2010 / NC16 / 9 min

Nominated - Best Editing, Fiction, Script

On the wedding day, Sam, the homosexual brother of the bride, is roped in by his cheeky auntie to become one of the bridesmaid, which forces Sam to confront his feelings for the Groom.

As a filmmaker, Lincoln has always been intrigued by the dynamics of human relationships. He believes in using films to give voice to his visions and recreate his life experience. Following his initial training in advertising, he completed a BFA (Hons) in Digital Filmmaking at the School of Art Design and Media NTU.

Mandy's 8 Theories of Sleep

Chee WeiLing Wendy
2010 / PG / 17 min

Nominated - Best Art Direction

16 hours a day keeps the doctor away. With 7 more theories, Mandy must convince Jia Ming that with bountiful sleep comes plenty of surprises, joy and flights of the imagination.

Wendy was previously trained in Industrial Design before she joined the School of Art Design and Media, majoring in filmmaking. Having been taught to be sensitive to a physical object's form and function, she has brought over this attentiveness to the films she makes. She hopes to continue creating films that would emit the emotional sensitivity to the current and mundane issues that nobody had noticed before.

Love In Any Genre

Suffian Zain
2011 / PG / 16 min

Nominated - Best Art Direction, Performance

Yazid's behavior and personality are influenced by the films he watches. He cannot differentiate between what is real and unreal. Yazid meets Amy, whose character falls in love with him. The true test is whether she loves him for who he is.

Suffian's short films, like Mat Superhero, have a strong vein of observation within the community, added with a tinge of humour, essential in his narrative. These films are reflections of his identity, where topics touching on culture, and journeys of self discovery become his signature works.


Anthony Chen
2010 / PG / 23 min

Won - Best Cinematography
Nominated - Best Director, Fiction, Script

Lighthouse is a humorous, tender and delicate family road trip film. About a mother who takes her children on an adventure to find a lighthouse, a few days after her husband, their father has left them.

In 2009, Anthony Chen was accorded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore, one of the most prestigious accolades for the arts in Singapore. He recently completed his MA in Film Directing at the National Film and Television School, UK. Anthony believes in making films that reveal, reflect and explore universal truths about the human condition. Anthony is represented by United Agents in UK and Europe.

Organised by

nuSTUDIOS Film Productions, a member of NUS Centre For the Arts, is a student film production house which specializes in short films and aims to promote a culture of filmmaking and film appreciation on campus.

Since its inception in 2000, nuSTUDIOS has produced over 22 short films, with their finest participating in both local and international film festivals. These include the Singapore Short Film Festival and the Asian American International Film Festival.

nuSTUDIOS is currently under the guidance of local film veteran Juan Foo, who has produced seminal films such as Perth and Return to Pontianak. He has represented Singapore on film panels, been a curator and judge for film competitions, as well as lectured film.

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Established in 1993, NUS Centre For the Arts (CFA) is a multifaceted arts organization that nurtures triple arts – performing, visual and literary – on campus and beyond. CFA’s three primary functions are in the areas of management, programmes and education. As the creative cradle of the University, CFA manages 23 student and alumni groups in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, filmmaking and production.

Apart from talent management, CFA also manages the major arts facilities on campus: University Cultural Centre (UCC) and Runme Shaw CFA Studios. CFA’s forte lies in enhancing the cultural life of NUS with adept programming and presentation of highly accessible campus-based arts and cultural activities such as the annual NUS Arts Festival, the ExxonMobil Campus Concerts, film screenings and also educational programmes such as instrumental music courses leading to certification.

Located within UCC, NUS Museum, an institution of CFA, currently houses several major permanent collections such as the Lee Kong Chian Collection, the South and Southeast Asian Collection, the Ng Eng Teng Collection and the Straits Chinese Collection at NUS Baba House (157 Neil Road). It is committed to ensuring the collections of the University are accurately interpreted, effectively displayed, carefully preserved and actively promoted for the enjoyment and benefit of the NUS community as well as the wider Singapore community and foreign visitors.

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In Partnership with

The Substation is Singapore's first independent contemporary arts center, aimed at nurturing and challenging Singapore artists, providing an open space for artistic experimentation, and also fostering regional and international arts networks.

Since 1990, The Substation has worked with some of Singapore's most critically acclaimed artists, writers and intellectuals, as well as younger and emerging artists. In addition, we are committed to facilitating artistic dialogue between countries in the region and the world, and forge closer ties with our international counterparts.

The Substation is a non-profit organization and registered IPC, which relies on financial and in-kind support from the general public, commercial organizations and government ministries to cover the costs of operating and developing arts & educational programmes. Donations to The Substation attract a 2.5x tax exemption.

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Objectifs is a visual arts centre dedicated to promoting photography and filmmaking. The centre provides instruction in photography and filmmaking at different skill levels. Apart from our regular courses, we offer customised workshops for schools and corporations.

Our residencies, professional programmes and the curated exhibitions at Objectifs Gallery are developmental platforms focused on nurturing Asian artists. Through Objectifs Films, we also promote local and Southeast Asian short films and feature films worldwide.

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Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium @ University Town
National University of Singapore

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Curated by student members of nuSTUDIOS Film Productions, Echoes of an Escape is the second fringe screening held in partnership with The Substation to promote of the Singapore Short Film Awards. Check out last year's screening Images of Desire at