The worldwide movie competition, which went reside on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3), has been spearheaded by filmmaker Tan Bee Thiam
Film festivals have needed to adapt to a virtual viewing floor owing to the pandemic, however True Colors Film Festival (TCFF), is not shying away from this medium. Since its inception in 2006, the competition has travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, and Japan, having introduced greater than 1,100 performing artists from greater than 30 international locations and having attracted greater than 40,000 individuals.
The movie competition, which went reside on International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, is all about celebrating inclusivity regardless of incapacity, gender, race or faith, by means of films. The theme this 12 months is One World One Family, reminding filmmakers and audiences they’re sure by a frequent love for films.
Festival organiser Tan Bee Thiam
Singaporean Tan Bee Thiam, the competition organiser, is eagerly ready for the virtual festivities to start. A filmmaker himself, his first characteristic movie Tiong Bahru Social Club is a social comedy. But equally so, he is proud of the various spectrum of films.
“Indeed we are happy to find a wide spectrum of films that cover themes about disability, woman representation, LGBT, poverty and adversity, and racism,” he explains over e-mail. “There are recent award-winning titles like 37 Seconds (2019, Japan) and [the 2020 Portuguese film nominated for Oscar contention] Listen, as well as rare classics like The Chess Game Of The Wind (1976, Iran), Moral (1982, Philippines) and Darkness and Light. Viewed from a range of perspectives, these films deepen our understanding of what an inclusive and diverse ‘One World, One Family’ will be like.” Dignity with Flowers (2018) by Gautam Pemmaraju will even be taking part in at TCFF, a lot to Tan Bee’s delight.
Gurugram-based filmmaker Vijay S Jodha, whose movie Insight Within is premiering on the competition whereas his 2013/14 movie Poop On Poverty is additionally set to point out, admits, “short films have no theatrical screening prospects and a minuscule television broadcast option. So the downturn faced by TV or cinemas due to COVID-19 makes little difference to prospects of short films like Insight Within.”
“My film is about a serious issue [visual impairment] and an inspiring personality who addressed it meaningfully. Materials from this film project have been used over the years as part of presentations to build partnership and raise resources to address this issue. So that payoff is the biggest success for me as the film’s director. Just last Saturday, the protagonist of my film Dr Jitender Aggarwal was on India’s leading TV show KBC with Amitabh Bachchan where he shared this journey. So this inspiring story is travelling far and wide in myriad forms.”
The OTT norm
Vijay additionally acknowledges the worth of movie festivals throughout the pandemic significantly within the area of manufacturing, explaining that “fortunately, cinema is one of those cultural activities that can seamlessly move online.” He provides that cinema as a collective mass expertise “is already under threat thanks to the expensive movie-going experience and rise of OTT platforms.”
Speaking of the OTT norm, Tan Bee elaborates, “Because of the pandemic, most international film festivals have gone online. However, not all films, especially newer titles, are ready to go online yet as they are still waiting for theatrical distribution. Without film festivals, audiences might never have discovered films beyond what was pushed to them by algorithms of commercial OTT platforms.”
He sums up, “Therefore, it is even more important for film festivals today to curate films for audiences who are looking for something different. The True Colors Film Festival has a unique purpose — it selects films and makes them available online and for free, to deepen our understanding of an inclusive world and equip us with the vocabulary and sensitivity to discuss issues such as disability so that these dialogues are captured and represented well.”
True Colors Film Festival is on until December 12, and is obtainable without spending a dime. For particulars, go to: https://truecolors2020.jp/en/