Singapore short packs bags for Cannes


SINGAPORE -- Singapore will compete for the Festival de Cannes' short-film prize for the first time with Anthony Chen's "Grandma" (Ah Ma), the Singapore Media Development Authority said Friday.

"Grandma," supported by the Singapore Film Commission through its short-film grant, was one of 11 films from Singapore entered in the Les Courts Metrages en Competition.

Chen, 23, will attend the festival as part of Cannes' official Singapore delegation, under the Made-by-Singapore banner, led by the MDA and the Singapore Film Commission to Cannes' Marche du Film.

Man Shu Sum, MDA director of broadcast and film development and director of the Singapore Film Commission, said Chen's success was part of an increasing number of short films from the territory gaining recognition at international film festivals.

Royston Tan's "Monkeylove" won the Grand Prize for the Labo Competition at the 29th annual Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France this year.

Man also said Singapore films were "improving in quality and depth, both in terms of cinematography and content."

Last year, Chen's "G-23" was part of the Tous les Cinemas du Monde (All the Cinemas of the World) sidebar at Cannes.