Watch Local: A Family Portrait & Sandcastle by Boo Junfeng


Watch Local is back! This year, we will screen the first short and feature films from an eclectic selection of Singapore filmmakers such as Boo Junfeng, Wee Li Lin and Liao Jiekai. Each night will focus on a different director, giving a unique perspective on each one's creative journey from their first short film to their first feature film. Post-screening discussions will accompany some of these sessions, allowing the audience insight into how these filmmakers have grown in their craft. From comedy to horror to drama, there's something for everyone!

All screenings are held at the Objectifs Chapel Gallery. Go to http://www.objectifs.com.sg/watchlocal2016/ for more information about the programme.

Screenings are free but pre-registration is required. Entry by donation.

Please also note that this screening is rated M18. We will be adhereing strictly to age limits for restricted age shows. Please bring along your IC or equivalent.

Objectifs is a partner of ‘Watch Local’, an initiative under the Singapore Film Commission.

Programme Schedule

Boo Junfeng / 4 March / 730pm / Q&A Session*

First Short: A Family Portrait / 2003
Sergio is a seventeen year-old photographer who is aroused by black-and white encyclopedia diagrams of the female genitalia. When his little sister asks him about sex one day, he revisits a memory years ago, in which he discovers a sexual secret amongst his family members.

First Feature: Sandcastle / 2010
En is an 18-year-old who has lost his father to cancer years ago. While waiting for his enlistment into the army, he has to stay at his grandparents’ place while his mother goes on a holiday with a new man in her life.

*Fran Borgia (producer for Sandcastle) will be present for a Q&A session after the screening.


Boo Junfeng (b. 4th Dec 1983) is one of Singapore’s notable young filmmakers. His debut feature film SANDCASTLE premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week in 2010, and was subsequently invited to film festivals around the world, including Toronto, Pusan, Vancouver and London. Produced by Eric Khoo’s Zhao Wei Films and distributed by Fortissimo Films, SANDCASTLE won the Best Film, Best Director and the NETPAC Jury Award at the Vietnam International Film Festival, and was listed by The Wall Street Journal as one of Asia’s most notable films of 2010.

Trained in film schools in Singapore and Spain, his works often centre on themes of identity, memory and sexuality. His films have won him acclaim at numerous film festivals, including Berlin Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Since 2005 his short films have won several awards at the Singapore International Film Festival, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Special Jury Prize, Special Achievement Award and twice for Best Film.

In 2008, he became the first recipient of the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts – the valedictorian honour of Lasalle College of the Arts. He was also accorded the Young Artist Award (2009) and the Singapore Youth Award (2011) by the Government of Singapore.
In 2013, he ventured into the realm of visual arts with
MIRROR, a video installation which won the President’s Young Talents Commissioning Award. Consequently, he participated in the Singapore Biennale with HAPPY AND FREE, a video installation which is later acquired by the Singapore Art Museum.

He is currently preparing for his second feature film, APPRENTICE, slated for release in 2016.

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Fri Mar 4, 2016
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Objectifs Chapel Gallery
4 Mar, Fri, 730pm / Boo Junfeng FULL
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