Local non-government organisation Function 8 will be hosting the 4th Singapore Freedom Film Fest (FFF), in conjunction with KOMAS, Malaysia. The film fest will present unseen, unheard and untold stories by way of refreshing perspective on freedom.
Function 8 offered a grant of $5,000 to a Singapore film-maker – the first time the organisation has done such a thing. Jason Soo was awarded this grant and produced the documentary 1987: Untracing the Conspiracy, featuring former political detainees from 1987’s Operation Spectrum. It premiered at the FFF’s opening in Petaling Jaya and won the Best South East Asia Feature Film award.
Another Singapore film, Away from Ayah by Amelia Tan, also made the cut for this year’s FFF. The film revolves around a 12-year-old boy coping with his father’s imprisonment.
Two other Singapore films, Singapore Rebel and Speakers Cornered by Martyn See have been submitted to the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) for this year’s screening.
Moviegoers will recall that in March 2005, Singapore’s film censors ordered the withdrawal of Martyn See’s Singapore Rebel from the Singapore International Film Festival. He was put under police investigation and threatened with prosecution under the Films Act. He was required to surrender his video camera, taped footage of the documentary and all materials relating to the production. Martyn See faced the prospect of up to two years in jail or a fine of up to S$100,000. Happily, Singapore Rebel was given an M18 rating by MDA in 2009. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Films Act.
As Freedom Film Fest, 2015 is not ticketed, donations are welcomed towards defraying the cost of hosting this event.
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