National Gallery Singapore to launch annual film festival in October

Elizabeth Tong
Entertainment Reporter
“Painting with Light” will screen works that feature the “transformative power of art”. (Photo: National Gallery Singapore)

National Gallery Singapore will launch its annual film festival at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium & Foyer in October, according to a press release on Wednesday (13 Sep).

Titled “Painting with Light: International Festival of Films on Art”, the inaugural film festival runs from 7 to 29 Oct. It will screen works that feature the “transformative power of art, and the passion and humanity of those who live and work with it around the world’, all to encourage a deeper appreciation for the arts through films.

Over 30 feature-length and short films from 25 countries will be screened, with many premiering in Singapore for the first time.

Film still of “The Royal Ballet of Cambodia” (1965), produced by National Archives and Records Administration of the United States.

According to Dr Eugene Tan, the director of National Gallery Singapore, “Painting with Light” is “part of the Gallery’s efforts to define the role of art in our society, and ignite curiosity about art and its possibilities”.

Some highlights of the festival include “The Royal Ballet Of Cambodia” (1965), “China’s Van Goghs” (2016), and “Manifesto” (2015), starring Academy award-winning actress Cate Blanchett.

Tickets to the festival cost $10 (including booking fee) for general admission, and will go on sale from Thursday (14 Sep) via National Gallery Singapore, SISTIC websites and ticketing counters.

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