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Singapore Celebrates 50 Years of Filmmaking as Biz Builds on Local Talent

13 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even if 2015 is tinged by the recent death of the country’s founder and former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore will put on a happy face for its 50th anniversary celebrations later this year. Events, programs and initiatives are included under the “SG50” branding, and there will also be anniversary-themed movies and TV shows, a second edition of the Singapore Media Festival and a student film in Cannes’ Cinefondation Atelier: Kirsten Tan’s “Popeye.”

“This is a special year for Singapore as we mark 50 years of independence,” says Angeline Poh, assistant chief executive officer (industry group) at Singapore’s Media Development Authority. “We are also pleased that Kirsten Tan’s ‘Popeye’ was nominated at the Cinefondation Atelier, as she is one of Singapore’s rising filmmaking talents.

She follows in the footsteps of other Singaporean filmmakers like Anthony Chen, Eric Khoo and Boo Junfeng, who have all made their »

- Patrick Frater

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