A director and producer share the joys and sorrows of their international film festival circuit experience. They chronicle the journey from the minute they hit submit on their films, to experiencing the pain of rejection, to that glorious, nerve-wracking moment of world premiering in a festival. The pair advise budding filmmakers on how to navigate the complexities of the festival circuit and secure a coveted spot for their films at festivals.
Boo Junfeng has written and directed 2 feature films and several award-winning short films. His debut film, Sandcastle (2010) was the first Singapore film invited to Cannes Critics' Week, while Apprentice (2016) premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard. Apprentice has shown at more than 80 festivals around the world and was Singapore's 2016 official entry for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category. Boo was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2009 and the Singapore Youth Award in 2011.
Huang Junxiang produces content across a variety of media, serving as multimedia producer for both the SEA Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in 2015 and the National Day Parade in 2016. His film credits include SINEMA, Eric Khoo's segment in 7 LETTERS (2015), and features IN THE ROOM (2015) and Boo Junfeng's APPRENTICE (2016). More recently, he produced Eric Khoo's RAMEN TEH (2018), Mike Wiluan's BUFFALO BOYS (2018) and HBO Asia's horror anthology, FOLKLORE (2018). Together, these works have travelled to Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, London, San Sebastian, Tokyo, Busan amongst other film festivals.
Registration starts at 4:30pm