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    It was in Hong Kong last year that 13 Little Pictures first presented our first films. This year we returned with two new feature films in official selection in the Hong Kong International Film Festival and a project selected for the highly competitive Hong Kong Asia Financing Film Forum (HAF). So there’ll be quite a contingent of us there.

    At the film festival, 13 Little Pictures will be presenting the completed feature-length films: MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE by Sherman Ong and RED DRAGONFLIES by Liao Jiekai. This will be the Asian premiere of Sherman’s film and the world premiere for first-time filmmaker, Liao Jiekai. The latter will be competing for the FIPRESCI critics prize.

    MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE is a road movie set in Tanzania and the first Singapore feature film shot on the digital SLR camera. The title of RED DRAGONFLIES is taken from an iconic song by The Little Tigers and uses the flight of the red dragonfly as a childhood metaphor for the process of growing up and pursuit of dreams.

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    Their films will screen in the Indie Power section alongside SHE, A CHINESE (winner of Locarno International Film Festival) and MUNDANE HISTORY (winner of International Film Festival of Rotterdam). Another Singapore film, THE BLUE MANSIONS by Glen Goei will be presented in the Global Visions section of the festival.

    MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE by Sherman Ong >> tickets

    28 Mar 2010 at 4:00 PM at UA Cityplaza (meet the filmmaker)

    03 Apr 2010 at 9:30 PM at UA Langham Place

    RED DRAGONFLIES by Liao Jiekai >> tickets

    25 Mar 2010 at 7:15 PM at UA Cityplaza (meet the filmmaker, cast and crew)

    03 Apr 2010 at 7:15 PM at Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

    THE BLUE MANSIONS by Glen Goei >> tickets

    23 Mar 2010 at 9:30 PM at UA Cityplaza (meet the filmmaker)

    26 Mar 2010 at 5:30 PM at UA Times Square

    Widely recognised as one of the most important film-financing platforms in Asia, the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) this year selects only 25 Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong. One of them is BETOK, a project in development at 13 Little Pictures. A romance between a non-Muslim Chinese man and a Muslim Chinese woman set in Malaysia, BETOK plots the tensions between the different ethnic, religious and political groups that share this nation.

    Two other Singapore projects have also been chosen: THE ARRIVAL by Tan Pin Pin and CHANG AND ENG by Ekachai. Other projects are by Leon Dai (Golden Horse Best Film winner of NO PUEDO VIVIR SIN TI) and Teddy CHEN, director of BODYGUARDS AND ASSASINS.

    This will also be my first time attending the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, the Oscars of Asia, as one of the jury members. Whereas more people might know of the Golden Horse, that only caters to Chinese language films, the Asian Film Awards covers Korea, Japan and also India and middle east. Let’s walk the red carpet together!

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