PREFACE

蜕变中的电影节

2021年迎来第九届新加坡华语电影节。过去八年,由于各方的支持和鼓励,让我们得以透过这个平台持续地呈现具原创性、反映多元价值和在国际上受到肯定的华语电影。除了要为观众开启观赏华语电影的窗口,我们也希望能够促进本地和外地电影人的交流与合作。可是,2019冠状病毒的出现,打乱了所有人的步伐,但我们初心不变。

今年是我们第二次在疫情中办电影节。经过一年的折腾, 电影节一方面吸取了2020年使用科技而得以打破空间和防疫局限的优点,另一方面切确di认识到对电影节的观众而言,电影院依然是最佳观影场所的事实。再加上许多电影人希望观众能够在影院看到他们的作品,因此本届电影节虽依然以影院和线上双轨的方式进行,但影院所放映的作品相较于线上的多了许多。

在电影节之外,影院和线上串流媒体的拔河还在进行中。疫情严重打击影院营运的同时让串流媒体吸纳了不少新的用户,影院于是迫切的期待在疫情之后收复失土。无论这次拔河的结果如何,电影在

这两种观影方式的拉扯之间势必再次蜕变。电影会否因此进一步朝奇观化和叙事化的两端发展?以电影院为主要放映场域的电影节在这种形势下又该如何蜕变?

在这个面临蜕变的关口,电影节选择了蝴蝶作为今年的主题视觉元素。蝴蝶一生经历不断的蜕变,而蛹化成蝶是大自然最让人叹为观止和美丽地在经历蜕变。新加坡华语电影节这些年来也不断的蜕变。今年除了工作内容和流程进一步细分和清晰化之外,更迎来四位新跃社科大学到电影节实习的学生。期待这批中英皆通来自电影辅系的生力军能为这次的蜕变添上美丽的文采。

蝴蝶也代表希望和我们对未来的乐观态度。过去一年多,大家都不容易,我们期许电影节能为新加坡的电影爱好者带来欢乐和希望,同时也希望电影业能够早日复苏,再次拍摄出如同蝴蝶展翅般五彩斑斓的作品。

祝大家身体健康,第 9 届新加坡华语电影节观影愉快!

新加坡华语电影节筹委会

Metamorphosis: An Opportunity For Transformation

Every year, for the past eight years, audiences from Singapore and the region have warmly welcomed the Singapore Chinese Film Festival (SCFF). Indeed, SCFF has become a platform to showcase the originality, diversity, as well as internationalisation of Chinese films. Not only has the festival become a window for Singapore audiences to appreciate Chinese films, it also plays a significant role in cultivating interaction between our local
filmmaking talents and overseas filmmakers from the Greater China region. Sadly, the worldwide pandemic last year devastated the film industry, leaving few unscathed, including many film festivals which were cancelled. Yet, we managed to reinvent ourselves, and present SCFF 2020 through a hybrid online/physical screening model.

For the 9th Singapore Chinese Film Festival this year, we will continue to adopt this hybrid model. However, in response to feedback from SCFF fans, as well as many filmmakers’ desire for audiences to view their works in the movie theatres, we have managed to schedule more physical screenings this year.

Beyond SCFF, the tug-of-war between cinema and OTT platforms continues. The pandemic lockdown has severely affected the operations of cinemas while allowing streaming platforms to

absorb many new users. As multiplexes reopen, albeit with safe-distancing measures, cinemas are eager to reclaim lost ground. Whatever the outcome of this tussle, moviewatching continues to transform.

Film festivals (including SCFF) which have been traditionally held in cinemas need to adapt to these transformations. To represent this continual change, we have chosen the butterfly as this year’s festival key art. The butterfly undergoes metamorphosis – one of nature’s most amazing and beautiful transformation – in order to change from egg into a beautiful and graceful adult. One change for SCFF this year is the addition of four bi-lingual students from the SUSS Film Minor Studies course who have joined us as festival interns, bringing with them fresh ideas and perspectives, as well as valuable skill sets.

Butterflies also represent hope and optimism for the future. We hope that SCFF will continue to bring joy to movie lovers in Singapore. At the same time, we look forward to the recovery of the film industry, especially of filmmakers, and envision them just like butterflies taking flight after emerging from their cocoons!

We wish you the best of health, and a wonderful time at the 9th Singapore Chinese Film Festival! 

Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2021
Organising Committee

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