One feature length film and seven Singapore short films will make their debut at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
 
Jow Zhi Wei’s short film “After the Winter (Au-delà de L’hiver)” is in the running for the Cinéfondation Prize. The 19-minute film is one of 18 shorts in the Cinéfondation Selection, picked from 1,550 submissions spanning some 277 schools around the world!  Jow graduated from the Puttnam School of Fim at Lasalle and is presently completing his Masters programme at Le Fresnoy in France, a post-graduate art school and audio-visual research and production centre under a scholarship by the Institut français Singapour. “After the Winter” shows the plight of an aged couple living in a remote village in Taiwan.    
  
Other Singapore short films to be screened at the Festival’s Short Film Corner include “Cafe Je Vous Aime” (directed by Alistair Quak), “Cake” (directed by Benjamin Low), “Closer to Me” (directed by Ray Pang), “Silent Sins” (directed by Christina Choo), “Staring at the Sun” (directed by Tay Lide) and “El Gris Perfecto (The Perfect Grey)” (directed by Edwin Ho). 
 
Anthony Chen, who is presenting a feature length film “Ilo Ilo” will be taking part in a section called the Director’s Fortnight. Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo” explores the relationship between a Singapore family and their newly arrived maid, and set under the backdrop of the Asian financial crisis in 1997. Ilo Ilo is also the name of the province on Panay Island in the Philippines.
 
Link to watch the trailer of “Ilo Ilo” by Anthony Chen: www.iloilomovie.com