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Film by Cordilleran director receives grants from Singapore International Film Festival

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Cordillera - Firm by Cordilleran director Raphael Eblaham is among the selected documentaries and short films from Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore to receives grants from the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) Film Fund. 

The SGIFF Film Fund consists of the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant (SEA-DOC) and the SGIFF Southeast Asian Short Film Grant (SEA-SHORTS).

The grants is given to support filmmakers who has compelling stories to tell and contribute to the development of Southeast Asian cinema.

In 2023, the committee responsible for selection has designated three projects in the production stage, each being granted S$30,000 in monetary support. 

Additionally, a post-production project will be bestowed with a grant totaling S$20,000. Through the provision of the SEA-DOC grant, the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation aspires to offer backing to documentary filmmakers from Southeast Asia, enabling them to persist in capturing narratives that hold distinct significance within the region.

Here is the list of films who will received grants from SGIFF:

VOX HUMANA by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan (Philippines)

TERMITE LIFE by Chonchanok Thanatteepwong (Thailand)

CHILDREN'S DAY by by Giselle Lin (Singapore)

THE STORYTELLERS by Taufiqurrahman Kifu (Indonesia)

The selection committee cited for the film Vox Humana, “The emotional weight of Indigenous presence on the Philippine Islands is meticulously composed in Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan’s latest imagination, where visual styles rarely used in framing Indigenous bodies are employed as an expression of resistance. Complex themes of modernity, authority, and ecological collapse, lodged within the story dynamics of a jaded zoologist and a Feral Man accused of murders, unravels patiently in the hands of an ingenious filmmaker brimming with compassion.”



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