You may have heard of film festivals. These are film events that show certain kinds of films, the kind that you will likely not find in a typical cinema, for a specified period of time in movie theatres. These festivals are usually run by adults and creative professionals who already work in the industry.

Then there’s Perspectives Film Festival (PFF). Now, what makes this stand out is that it is entirely student-run – conducted by undergraduates from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). If this doesn’t make the festival unique, I don’t know what will.

In its 8th edition this year, PFF will be held at the National Museum of Singapore in October.

This year, PFF focuses its agenda on Breakthroughs in Cinema, where it explores the theme of Transition. It delves into the lives of characters that embark on journeys that test their limits and possibly change their lives.

A total of 7 films have been selected to screen in PFF this year. They are, in no particular order:

Mommy (Xavier Dolan, 2014)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephen Elliott, 1994)
Watership Down (Martin Rosen, 1978)
Burden of Dreams (Les Blank, 1982)
Ballad of Narayama (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1958)
Turtles Can Fly (Bahman Ghobadi , 2004)
Landscape in the Mist (Theodoros Angelopoulos, 1988)

Now, you might be wonder what makes Perspectives so special that you should attend it. Besides the fact that it’s organised by students and held over a weekend, Perspectives invites you to explore films that will take you on an adventure. Films are about storytelling, and these films provide the cinematic experience into the unknown.

A still from “Mommy” by Xavier Dolan

Perhaps the most recognisable film on this list – for film enthusiasts especially – is Mommy, directed by young French-Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan. At just 25 years old, Dolan released Mommy to wide acclaim in 2014 where it won the Jury Prize at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, an event touted as the most prestigious in the international film industry.

Considered an “indie” film, Mommy has not and will likely not be screened officially in cinemas here. So anyone looking to see it on the big screen can only look forward to PFF.

EVENT INFORMATION

Dates: 15 – 18 October 2015
Venue: Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore
Admission: Tickets are priced at S$12 for standard individual tickets.
Concessions are available at S$11 for students (local and overseas), seniors (55 and above), NSF and Singapore Film Society (SFS) members.
Concessions are available at S$10 for PAssion Card members.

Alternatively, filmgoers can opt for a Festival Pass. It allows pass holders access to all 7 film screenings.
It is priced at S$48 and available at S$45 for PAssion Card members only.

Check out their official website for more info!

Popspoken is proud to be the Official Media Partner for Perspectives Film Festival 2015.

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