Perspectives of Perspectives Film Festival

by Dominic Teo
September 27, 2015 by Dominic Teo

Perspectives of Perspectives Film Festival

Perspectives Film Festival (PFF) will soon be making its return to the screen at the National Museum of Singapore from 15 October to 18 October 2015! They will be screening 7 different films and will also include workshops and masterclasses for film enthusiasts. Perspectives Film Festival is interestingly run by undergraduates from NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and you would hardly have guessed it was run by students considering how professional everything is. We had a little chat with festival directors Anna and Yang Er about this year’s edition of PFF and films in general, so read on!

Perspectives Film Festival Yang Er

Yang Er looking serious for the sake of the show

Perspectives Film Festival is a rather vague name for a film festival and you might possibly guess that it refers to the different perspectives offered by the variety of films screened. While you are partly correct, it is actually about offering “Breakthroughs in Cinema, bringing the “first times” to everyone.” This year’s theme is ‘Transition,’ which was purposely chosen to emphasize the desire to “take the audience beyond the cinematic experience, and challenge them to discover a breakthrough within themselves.” The 7 films were curated to serve as a “both a cinematic exploration and a insightful introspection.”

Perspectives Film Festival Anna

Anna hard at work

Perspectives Film Festival stands in a surprisingly saturated environment due to the numerous film festival organized yearly in Singapore from the biggest (Singapore International Film Festival) to some of the geographically/culturally oriented ones (European Union Film Festival, Korean Film Festival, etc). What separates PFF from the rest is the freedom to cast their net wide, across genre and time, when searching for films to be screened. The work put in by the team has been astounding and incredible, “Every facet of the festival is  toiled over, from choice of films to ancillary events to every design element, thus creating a stronger festival experience with more synergy.”

The best way to tell if the movies curated will be to your liking is to have a look at the directors’ favourite films of all time. Here it is and those are some pretty great choices, especially Fight Club (one of my favourites as well!).

Fight Club (1999)

Boyhood (2014)

Chungking Express (1994)

Spirited Away (2001)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

An interesting but perhaps not well-known aspect of PFF is its commitment to our local film scene. “Every year we will include an element that features local works, be it short films or ancillary events that showcase local talents.” This year, while no local films will be screened, “we have invited Wee Li Lin, Han Fengyu, Shane Lim, and Juan Foo” to share about their experiences and wealth of knowledge. Take a look here for 3 of the most exciting ancillary events before and during PFF! 

Perspectives Film Festival

7 films might be too much for some of you or perhaps you just can’t make it to all of them, so which of the 7 do you choose? Anna and Yang Er were pretty adamant that the absolute Can’t Miss film for PFF 2015 was “Our opening film – Mommy! YOU (AND EVERYONE ELSE) HAVE TO CATCH IT.” You know that it’s the film to catch especially from the strong Caps Lock game. “The intensity of the film keeps the audience on edge and the film provides a very raw take on a the mother-son relationship.”

Thanks to Anna and Yang Er for spending some time to have this little chat with us! Hopefully, it has piqued your interest and you can find out more and buy your tickets here!


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