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20 Jun 2018

Singapore LGBT Film Wins Top Prize at Tokyo Film Festival

Benjamin's Last Day At Katong Swimming Complex bagged the top prize at  the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia 2018.

 

Singaporean director Chai Yee Wei's short film depicting Singapore's rapid development and a boy's sexual awakening has won the top award, known as the George Lucas Award, at the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia 2018.
The festival is one of the qualifying festivals for the US Academy Awards, so Chai's film will be eligible for nomination at next year's Oscars.
Chai told the audience on Monday he was grateful for the win, especially as the 15-minute film includes issues which are sensitive in Singapore.
He wanted wanted to capture the "moment of epiphany and sexual awakening" in what he said was "in honour" of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community in Singapore.
According to the Straits Times, Chai told reporters later: "I wouldn't even dare to imagine myself to be on the same league, and to be referenced that way – I'm just grateful. In the end we all just want to tell truthful stories and regardless of where stories come from, if you are able to tell them in a truthful manner, that is the most important thing."
Watch his speech below:
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Singaporean director Chai Yee Wei's short film depicting Singapore's rapid development and a boy's sexual awakening has won the top award, known as the George Lucas Award, at the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia 2018.

The festival is one of the qualifying festivals for the US Academy Awards, so Chai's film will be eligible for nomination at next year's Oscars.

Chai told the audience on Monday he was grateful for the win, especially as the 15-minute film includes issues which are sensitive in Singapore.

He wanted wanted to capture the "moment of epiphany and sexual awakening" in what he said was "in honour" of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community in Singapore.

According to the Straits Times, Chai told reporters later: "I wouldn't even dare to imagine myself to be on the same league, and to be referenced that way – I'm just grateful. In the end we all just want to tell truthful stories and regardless of where stories come from, if you are able to tell them in a truthful manner, that is the most important thing."
Watch his speech below:

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Reader's Comments

1. 2018-09-18 16:14  
Yeah Singapore is always on top as usual. Keep up the great work. By the way I read something very interesting about men health https://www.dtapclinic.com/mens-health/ and wanted to share. Hope it will help. Cheers!
2. 2018-09-30 23:34
Is it possible to view this film in America? If so, how?

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