Perspectives Film Festival 2018: Breakthroughs in Cinema explores the theme of Institutions — systems of power that govern and transcend the individual. For decades, filmmakers have been crafting films that try to reconcile society’s need for order and Man’s need for freedom. They call attention to characters that strive to find their place in various kinds of institutions: be it patriarchy, politics, economics, religion, nationality, marriage, or even film itself.

This year, Perspectives tests the limits of the individual against the limits of their institutions. The curated films seek to capture this perpetual tension, guided by a simple premise: no one is isolated enough to resist organization, yet no institution is formidable enough to remain unchallenged.


Every bundle of three tickets purchased entitles you to a special price of $9.50 per ticket. Use it on yourself to enjoy different films, or watch the same film together with your friends!

Off Script: Film Meets Improv
13 Oct | 2.00pm – 4.00pm | Lifelong Learning Institute

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3 Faces (2018)

PG13 (Some Mature Content) 

Dir. Jafar Panahi 

Iranian director Jafar Panahi resists his filmmaking ban once again, bringing us a tale...

Thu 25 Oct | National Museum Singapore | 8.00pm

The Conformist (1970)

M18 (Some Mature Content) 

Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci 

In this expressionist masterpiece by director Bernardo Bertolucci, an agent in Fascist Italy’s administration...

Fri 26 Oct | Alliance Française | 8.00pm

Stations of the Cross (2014)

NC16 (Mature Content and Religious References) 

Dir. Dietrich Brüggemann 

Stations of the Cross follows Maria, a devout Catholic girl who believes she must...

Sat 27 Oct | Alliance Française | 1.30pm

Bamako (2006)

PG13 (Brief Nudity) 

Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako 

Bamako presents a courtroom drama held in a family courtyard in Mali, making a...

Sat 27 Oct | Alliance Française | 4.30pm

Camera Buff (1979)

NC16 (Scenes of Intimacy) 

Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski 

Filip Mosz is a factory worker who discovers a passion for filmmaking after purchasing...

Sat 27 Oct | Alliance Française | 8.00pm

A Woman Under The Influence (1974)

PG13 (Some Coarse Language) 

Dir. John Cassavetes 

A young Los Angeles housewife lives a seemingly normal working-class life with her construction-worker-husband...

Sun 28 Oct | National Museum Singapore | 1.30pm

Song of the Exile (1990)


Dir. Ann Hui 

Song of the Exile is a tale of displacement and reconciliation that follows the...

Sun 28 Oct | National Museum Singapore | 5.00pm


Off Script: Film Meets Improv; by Julia Tan
Singapore Cinema as National Cinema; by Edna Lim
The Layers of Adaptation (2002); by Meng Hui
After Life (1998) — Institutionalising Death; by Yuka Kamamoto
The Lobster (2015): Institutionalising Love; by Julia Tan
Institutions: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – The Cruise (1998); by Rachel Mah
Staying Gold
Exploring the unconventional in Lars Von Trier’s films
Figuring out April Ludgate
Going beyond genre conventions
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A Conversation with Tan Pin Pin
A Conversation with Ong Keng Sen
Filming From A New Perspective: An Interview With Gina Kim
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Breaking Asian stereotypes in Hollywood
PFF Recommends: 3 local films to watch on National Day
The Legend of James Dean, and why he still matters
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Perspectives 2018

Perspectives is an annual arts event that features breakthrough films that are thematically curated. Now in its eleventh year, the festival is an annual practicum course run by the faculty of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI). Perspectives is organised by undergraduates from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and is the first student-run film festival in Singapore.


Nikki / ET

Festival Directors

Yi Jia / Claudia


Marianne / Christianne / Vess / Toby


Yuka / Julia / Rachel / Ryan / Meng Hui

Design & IT

Trey / Louise / Wen Yie / Xuanfei

Festival Management

Ysabelle / Jovin / Yu En / Sheryl / Jia Ling

Publicity & Sponsorship

Syaz / Zhiyi / Jerome / Dilys / Cassie













Perspectives receives major financial support from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, and from the generous contributions of the following companies who help make our event successful.