Singapore Film Commission to screen local films for free
Still from Kelvin Tong’s It’s A Great Great World (2011). PHOTO: MEDIACORP RAINTREE PICTURES

Over the next two months, film buffs can look forward to screenings of 28 local films, many of which are available for free.

These are part of Watch Local, an initiative that the Singapore Film Commission is taking in hopes of driving more appreciation and support for home-grown films.

The event, which is ongoing, will have 20 of the films screened at Golden Village Grand, Objectifs Centre and The Arts House till Dec 15. Eight other films will be available on free-to-air TV – on channels okto and Channel 8 – from Saturday to Nov 25.

Organised by the commission along with partners The Arts House, Objectifs Centre and Sinema + GV, Watch Local has a programme that includes commercial hits such as Kelvin Tong’s It’s A Great Great World (2011) and arthouse works such as Wee Li Lin’s Gone Shopping (2007).

Mr Yeo Chun Cheng, director of the commission, says: “I hope that more will grow to appreciate local films because they are our stories, about ourselves and our way of life.”

Other films that film lovers can look out for include Royston Tan’s 881 (2007) based on Singapore’s getai scene, and Already Famous (2011), the directorial debut of comedienne Michelle Chong that is also Singapore’s official entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this season.

There are also old favourites including Forever Fever (1998), Glen Goei’s dance flick starring Adrian Pang, and Army Daze (1996), the comedy about a group of boys performing National Service.

For more information on tickets and film schedules, go to the websites of the venue partners at www.objectifs.com.sg, www.sinema.sg and www.thearthouse.com.sg.

This story was first published in The Straits Times newspaper on October 30, 2012. Read similar stories online in The Straits Times Life! section.