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2 Singapore Animations in Competition at International Animation Festivals!

By Flora  /  23 Mar 2016 (Wednesday)

Two Singapore animated short films by young Singapore directors have been selected to be in competition at top international animation festivals.

The Great Escape directed by Tan Wei Keong has been selected for Annecy International Animation Festival in France, where it will be competing in the “Animation Off-Limits” category, dedicated to experimental and cutting edge works. 2,680 films were received from 85 countries for Annecy 2016, of which 216 films made the official selection of the festival.

The other, The Tiger of 142B directed by the twin brothers Harry and Henry Zhuang has been selected to be in the Grand Competition of Animafest Zagreb in Croatia. More than 1700 films were submitted to the festival of which only 46 films made the Grand Competition. 

Animafest Zagreb 2016 will be held from 6th till 11th June, while Annecy 2016 will be held from 13th till 19th June. All three directors are expected to attend the festivals.

“I am very honoured that this experimental work was selected for such an important festival. It is very gratifying to be able to highlight a very personal work of Alfian Sa’at, who is such a relevant voice in Singapore today.” - Tan Wei Keong, 31.

"We are really proud that Singapore animation is being recognized on the international stage at such prestigious festivals, competing with films by major names from around the world. We are also planning to continue our work of promoting the Utter 2015 animated shorts to local schools so that students can have the opportunity to appreciate animation and stories by our Singapore animators and authors” David Lee, 36 and Eternality Tan, 27, producers of Utter 2015.

“The Great Escape and The Tiger of 142B are part of Utter 2015: Head Trips, a series of five animation short films adapted from original short stories and poetry by Singapore writers Alfian Sa’at, Dave Chua, Amanda Lee Koe, Chow Teck Seng and Vanessa Ng. 
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