April 23, 2010
Singapore – Singapore film Sandcastle, directed by Boo Junfeng, will see its world premiere during the 49th International Critics’ Week (ICW), which runs from 13-21 May at the Cannes Film Festival. As a first-time feature film director, Junfeng is also eligible for the Caméra d’Or (Golden Camera) award, a distinction for best first feature film in any one of the Cannes’ selections – the Official Selection, the Directors’ Fortnight or the International Critics’ Week. Sandcastle’s selection marks the sixth consecutive year that a Singapore film has been featured at Cannes, reinforcing the growing traction of local film in the international festival circuit. Boo Junfeng, “I’m really happy. It’s a dream come true for me to have my first film presented at Cannes Critics’ Week,” said Boo Junfeng. “I’ve always heard that it’s the best place to be at for first-time directors. I see this as part of my learning process and am really looking forward to interacting with the audience and film critics at the festival.” Sandcastle is supported by the Singapore Film Commission’s New Feature Film Fund (NFFF) and was picked up in February by Fortissimo Film for worldwide distribution outside Singapore. Through NFFF, the SFC aims to nurture the next generation of aspiring local filmmakers by providing them the opportunity to direct their first feature film in partnership with experienced film production companies so as to gain valuable insights into the business aspects of the film industry in addition to honing their directing and storytelling skills. Sandcastle is the first Singapore film to be featured in the ICW, the oldest parallel competitive section with a highly selective programme of only seven feature films and seven shorts films. The ICW is the platform where world-renowned film talents such as Alejandro González Iñárritu, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Wong Kar Wai, Jacques Audiard and François Ozon were first discovered.