'Slingshot' wins at Singapore fest


SINGAPORE -- "Slingshot," a gritty film about the poverty and desperation of a Manila squatter slum by Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, dominated the 21st Singapore International Film Festival's Silver Screen Awards on Sunday.

It walked away with the top prize in the Asian Feature Film category, best director and the Netpac (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award.

Boo Junfeng, a film student at the Puttman School of Film at Lasalle College of the Arts, also took home three awards in the Singapore Short Film category for "Keluar Baris" (Malay for "fall out"). The 16-minute film about an 18-year-old Singaporean who is enlisted in the army just days after returning from his studies in Europe, won best film, best director and best cinematography for Sharon Loh.

Other SIFF winners in the Asian Feature Film Category were "Out of Coverage," a comedy from Syrian director Abdellatif Abdelhamid, which received the special jury award, and actress Inessa Kislova for her performance in Kazak director Abai Kublai's coming-of-age film "Swift."

In the Singapore Short Film category, Michael Tay won for "Wet Seasons" (special jury prize), Muhammad Eysham Ali for "My Home, My Heaven" (special achievement award) and Magdalene Tan for best performance "Silent Girls."