Animation Nation 2022 – About the festival

Animation Nation 2022 is the latest edition of the long-running film festival in Singapore that celebrates animated films in all forms. It was started in 2004 by the Singapore Film Society and currently holds the title of the largest animation festival in the country.

Animation Nation has 3 key objectives: 

  • Promoting animation to the wider community
  • Highlighting that animation is not just meant for children
  • Broadening the exposure of less mainstream animations

Previous editions showcased a diverse selection of award-winning animation titles from all over the world including Aardman Animation, Oscar®-winner Adam Elliot, Oscar®-winner Michaël Dudok de Wit, Satoshi Kon, Pixar Animation Studios and Oscar®-nominee Bill Plympton. Animation Nation 2022 is no exception. 

This year’s edition will run from 13 – 23 November 2022.

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OPENING NIGHT FILM

DISNEY AND PIXAR’S TURNING RED
(Exclusive Theatrical Screening in Singapore)

2022 | 100min | Animation | PG | In English Language, No Subtitles

Director: Domee Shi
Cast: Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh

Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red introduces Mei Lee, (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

Director in Attendance, Followed by a
Q and A after film

Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 6:30pm at GV Suntec City

Tickets: $20
Discounted SFS Friends and Fam/GV Movie Club Price: $18.50 

SCREENING WITH DISNEY AND PIXAR’S BAO

SATOSHI KON: THE ILLUSIONIST

2021 | 83min | Documentary | PG13 (Some Sexual Reference and Violence) | In Japanese/English Language and English Subtitles

Director: Pascal-Alex Vincent
Cast: Masashi Ando, Darren Aronofsky, Megumi Hayashibara, Marc Caro

The mangaka and anime filmmaker Satoshi Kon died suddenly in 2010, at the age of 46. He left behind a short and unfinished body of work, which is nevertheless among the most widely distributed and influential in the history of contemporary Japanese culture. Ten years after his death, his family and collaborators finally speak out about his work, while his heirs in Japan, France and Hollywood look back on his artistic legacy. 


Thursday, 17 Nov 2022 7:00pm at GV Suntec City

Tickets: $15
Discounted SFS Friends and Fam/GV Movie Club Price: $14 

WHERE IS ANNE FRANK
(Singapore Premiere)

2021 | 99min | Documentary | PG | In English Language, No Subtitles

Director: Ari Folman
Cast: Emily Carey and Ruby Stokes

WHERE IS ANNE FRANK begins with a miracle: Kitty, the imaginary friend to whom Anne Frank wrote in her famous Diary, comes to life in present-day Amsterdam. Unaware that 75 years have gone by, Kitty is convinced that if she is alive, then Anne must be alive too. WHERE IS ANNE FRANK tells the story of Kitty’s quest across contemporary Europe to find her beloved friend. Armed with the precious Diary and with help from her friend Peter, who runs a secret shelter for undocumented refugees, Kitty follows Anne’s traces, from the Annex to her tragic end in the Holocaust. Disoriented by our broken world, and the injustices that child refugees endure, Kitty wants to fulfill Anne’s cause. Through her honesty, she presents a message of hope and generosity addressed to future generations.

+ Panel Discussion
[In partnership with The Embassy of Israel in Singapore](1st screening only)

1st screening: Friday, 18 Nov 2022 6:30pm at GV Suntec City

2nd screening: Sunday, 20 Nov 2022 4:00pm at GV Suntec City

 

Tickets: $15
Discounted SFS Friends and Fam/GV Movie Club Price: $14 

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

DISNEY AND PIXAR’S LUCA
(Exclusive Theatrical Screening in Singapore)

2021 | 95min | Animation | TBC | In English Language, No Subtitles

Director: Enrico Casarosa
Cast: Jacob Tremblay and Jack Dylan Grazer

Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar’s original feature film Luca is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca (voice of Jacob Tremblay) shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, Alberto (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer), but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. Luca is directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”).


Wed, 23 Nov 2022 7:00pm at GV Suntec City

Tickets: $15
[Not eligible for any Discounts]

1. MASTERCLASS WITH DOMEE SHI

ABOUT DOMEE SHI

Domee Shi is an Oscar®-winning Director, and Vice-President, Creative of Pixar Animation Studios.

Domee Shi began as a story intern at Pixar Animation Studios in June 2011, and was soon hired as a story artist on the Academy Award®-winning feature film “Inside Out.” Since then, she has worked on the feature films “The Good Dinosaur,” “Incredibles 2” and the Academy Award®-winning “Toy Story 4.” In 2015 she began pitching ideas for short films, and soon was green lit to write and direct “Bao” which won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film. In her role as a Creative VP, Shi is involved in key creative decision-making at the studio and consults on films in both development and production. Shi most recently made her feature film directorial debut on “Turning Red,” which released on Disney+ March 11, 2022.

Shi graduated from the animation program at Sheridan College where she was fueled by her  love of anime/manga, Disney, and Asian cinema influences that can be seen in her work to this day.

Shi was born in Chongqing, China and resided in Toronto, Canada most of her life. She currently lives in Oakland, California and notes that her love of animation is only rivalled by her  love of cats.

PROGRAMME FLOW:
10:30am – 10:35am: Intro by LASALLE College of the Arts
10:35am – 11:50am: Masterclass with Domee Shi
11:50am – 12:20pm: Audience Q & A

ABOUT THE SESSION:
So, you have now seen her films and you have watched the behind-the-scenes documentary, ‘Embrace the Panda’. Now be the first in Singapore to hear directly from Academy Award®-winner Director, and Vice-President of Creative at Pixar Animation Studios, Domee Shi.

Uncover all the layers that went behind the production of Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red as Domee takes us on her creative journey from start to finish in directing her debut feature film.

This Masterclass is brought to you by Singapore Film Society’s Animation Nation and hosted by LASALLE College of the Arts.

14 Nov 2022 (Monday)
10.30am – 12.20pm
LASALLE College of the Arts

2. EVENTS AT ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM

All events will be free of charge to the public.

No tickets are required for the screenings, excluding the Q&A sessions. You may simply walk into ArtScience Museum and head over the ArtScience Cinema. These screenings will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For the 2 Q&A sessions –MEET THE MAKER: BEHIND ED SHEERAN’S 2STEP with METHODnMADNESS TAN WEN HAO’ and ‘SINGAPORE ANIMATED: A Robot Playground Media Retrospective + Q and A with co-founder, ERVIN HAN’ – free tickets must be reserved via the Peatix links.

2.1 SINGAPORE SHOWCASE

21 Nov 2022 (Monday) & 22 Nov 2022 (Tuesday)
– 1st screening: 11:00am – 1:00pm 
– 2nd screening: 2:00 – 4:00pm
ArtScience Museum
ArtScience Cinema, Level 4

Free Admission, Walk-Ins (no tickets needed), First-come-first serve

The SINGAPORE SHOWCASE will consist of 2 collections of short films, compiled into one screening with a full runtime of 105 min. All films are rated PG.

The Singapore Award Winners of the 24th Digicon6 Asia (Runtime: 26 min)
(a) HAVE YOU SEEN MY RABBIT: A boy searches high and low for his peculiar looking rabbit!
Director: Joshua Pereira

(b) LOOSE THREADS: A grandma tries to recall the familiar stranger next to her.
Directors: Chayanid Siripaiboolpong and Jessieca Junesha

(c) HOME PLANET: Bound for the stars, an astronaut returns home to say his final goodbyes.
Director: Maximilian Liang

(d) THE LAST STOP: A lone commuter trapped in a speeding train has to push against the force of the speed and escape before it crashes into the LAST STOP.
Director: Bervyn Chua Lee Ann

(e) THE STORY OF CHAOS: A student admonished for her unorthodox rendition of the ancient Taoist legend of Chaos.
Director: Yu Qing Quek

Robot Playground Media Singapore’s Short Films Selection (Runtime: 79 min)
(a) THE VIOLIN (Director: Ervin Han)
(b) DAISIES AND SPARROWS (Director: Ervin Han)
(c) SG BICENTENNIAL TRILOGY (Director: Ervin Han)
(d) A SHORT WALK (Director: Ervin Han)
(e) COMING HOME (Director: Chai Yee Wei)
(f) THE GIRL AND THE CAT (Directors: Ervin Han and Bernard Toh)
(g) RAIN (Director: Ervin Han)

2.2 MEET THE MAKER: BEHIND ED SHEERAN’S 2STEP with METHODnMADNESS TAN WEN HAO

21 Nov (Monday)
5.00pm – 6.00pm
ArtScience Museum
ArtScience Cinema, Level 4

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ABOUT TAN WEN HAO

Tan Wen Hao is the founder of MethodnMadness (MNM) – Film and VFX director driven studio-as well as the co-founder of Onyx Studio, AAA game asset outsourcing and co-dev studio.

He has about 20 years of experience and has worked with clients such as Apple, Razer, IBM, Ed Sheeran, Greenpeace, SK-II, McDonald’s, Academy Films as well as most creative agencies. On the gaming side, clients include Microsoft, Slippage, THQ Nordic and That’s No Moon.

Combined, he leads a team of 80 full time artists as well as a global network of talented freelancers. He believes in good creative ideas backed up by amazing craft and strives to deliver international quality work he can be proud of.

PROGRAMME FLOW:

  • Introduction by Tan Wei Keong
  • MethodnMadness Showreel
  • Music Video of Ed Sheeran’s 2Step
  • Behind-the-scenes video of Ed Sheeran’s 2Step
  • Q and A with Tan Wen Hao. Moderated by Tan Wei Keong

ABOUT THE SESSION:

MNM has partnered up director Henry Scholifed to create a music video that bends reality, taking the audience through a kaleidoscope lens of a surreal world. We sought to break boundaries while incorporating our capabilities in the works, finding the balance between work and wonder. Given that it’s Ed Sheeran, we aimed for a video that is on par with his status, epic and prestigious. The music video quickly turns into a bizarre rabbit hole of madness, while Ed and company dance while the world around them morphs.

Filmed in Ukraine by Radioaktive and assembled here by MNM in Singapore, we painted a picture and plunged the viewers into it with the manipulation of characters, vehicles, and buildings. Using the footage given by No.8, our team was hard at work toward the magic. With our roto team paired with CG production crew, we spearheaded through Camera tracking of scenes, rotoscoping of characters and a final clean up to provide a kaleidoscopic world.

Our lead CG Artist, Alex Scollay, has created an intricate and entrancing world that resembles something out of a Doctor Strange movie. Structures intertwine within one another all made from the building complexes creating a beautiful display of visuals.

Lil Baby’s feature had him performing through the compound. Due to scheduling conflicts Lil Baby was digitally incorporated by Rotoscoping, tracking his movements, clean up and color grading to have him seamlessly alongside Ed.

Gathering over 41 million views within 5 months, Ed Sheeran’s 2Step is hitting audiences across the globe. Moreover, the video served as a fundraiser for Ukraine’s Humanitarian Funds. All proceeds to the video went into helping the people in Ukraine.

2.3 SINGAPORE ANIMATED: A ROBOT PLAYGROUND MEDIA RETROSPECTIVE + Q and A WITH CO-FOUNDER, ERVIN HAN

22 Nov (Tuesday)
4.30pm – 6.30pm
ArtScience Museum
ArtScience Cinema, Level 4

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ABOUT ERVIN HAN

After a decade working in international animation as a producer and development executive, Ervin Han (with Bernard Toh) co-founded Robot Playground Media as a home for more regional and local animated story telling that traverses genres and demographics. He hopes to help elevate Southeast Asia animation as a well of talent, craft, and stories for a global audience.

Robot Playground Media is an award-winning local animation studio known for its diverse range of titles that cater to audiences of all ages–from preschool and kids series to adult animation and indie short films. Its works can be seen on Disney, Cartoon Network, Netflix, and MediaCorp.

PROGRAMME FLOW:

  • Introduction by Tan Wei Keong
  • Robot Playground Media Singapore Short Films (79 minutes)
  • Q and A with Director and Producer, Ervin Han. Moderated by Tan Wei Keong


ABOUT THE SESSION:

Over the last decade, local animation studio Robot Playground Media has produced over a dozen animated short films set against the backdrop of Singapore past and present, tapping into our collective memories through stories of life, love, and loss. This body of animated works offer a unique lens through which to contemplate notions of home, place, and identity.

This series features a selection of 7 shorts from the studio, presented by director and producer Ervin Han.

About the Moderator, Tan Wei Keong

Tan Wei Keong is an animation filmmaker who explores his gay identity through personal storytelling and fantasy worlds. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2022 and a resident at SFFILM FilmHouse for his next short and feature development. He was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2019.

His film, Kingdom (2018), has been selected to compete at the Berlin International Film Festival. His previous film, Between Us Two (2017), received the Best Singapore Short Film Award at Singapore International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Short at Outfest Los Angeles. His films have been selected at many film festivals, including those at Annecy, Zagreb, Stuttgart and Toronto.

Locations

Animation Nation 2022 will take place in 3 key locations.

  • Film screenings @ Golden Village Suntec City
  • Singapore Showcase @ ArtScience Cinema, ArtScience Museum
  • Masterclass with Domee Shi @ LASALLE College of the Arts

Here are directions to get there!


Golden Village Suntec City

3 Temasek Blvd,
#03-373,
Singapore 038983

Nearest MRT Stations:
From CC3 Esplanade MRT Station (3 minutes): Take Exit A

From CC4 Promenade MRT Station (5 minutes): Take Exit C

From EW13 City Hall MRT Station (8 – 10 minutes): Walk through City Link Mall and then Esplanade Exchange


ArtScience Museum (ArtScience Cinema, Level 4)

ArtScience Museum
6 Bayfront Ave
Singapore 018974
Nearest MRT Station:
From CE1/DT16 Bayfront Station (7 minutes): Take Exit D


LASALLE College of the Arts

1 McNally St,
Singapore 187940

Nearest MRT Stations:
DT13 Rochor MRT Station (2 minutes): Take Exit A

NE7/DT12 Little India MRT Station (8 minutes): Take Exit A

EW12/DT14 Bugis MRT Station (8 minute): Take Exit A

NS24/NE6/CC1 Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (10 minute): Take Exit A

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