Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection: Summer & Its Rain

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection
Summer & Its Rain

The YoungCuts Film Festival is pleased to announce that it has selected Joshua Simon's short film Summer & Its Rain as one of our Top 100 International Short Films for 2011. The film is also shortlisted for consideration as Best International Film.

Colour Couch Surfing


The Official Final Deadline of the YoungCuts Film Festival was June 15th. While we will only announce our full selection of our Top 100 around July 15th and while there is still an opportunity for films that we haven't received yet to trickle in after the deadline, we thought that we would begin announcing some of the films that we know will be included in our Top 100.

These won't be announced in any kind of order and they should not be interpreted as any kind of ranking, just that we have all the material for this particular film and that we do consider it one of the Top 100 short films by filmmakers 25 and under that we have seen (and will see) out of more than a thousand films that we have screened from more than 30 countries.


The Eyes Have It!

Summer & Its Rain
Joshua Simon

Directed by Joshua Simon
Written by Joshua Simon and Marjorie Teo

The YoungCuts Film Festival moved to Montreal from Toronto in 2006 and made the move permanent in 2007. Part of the reason for the move was a belief that we could attract more French films and more International films to the Festival based in Montreal - an International French city.

Imagine our delight (and frankly our surprise) receiving a film like Summer & Its Rain. As French as a kiss, and as light as a croissant, this film is a playful experiment that never forgets that story is revealed by character moments.

It seems strange to say it, but the best French film that we see this year may come from Singapore!


A World Where Only Lava Lamps Have Colour

Runtime: 10 min : 35 sec
Completion: 2010
Country of Origin: Singapore
Language: French with English Sub-Titles
Synopsis: In a world that has lost its' color, a young woman uses music to restore vibrancy to her life.


Trapped Between the Black Notes and the White Notes

Filmmaker Statement: Language is like a shade to me. I don't have to stick to one palette. This is not a French movie, it's a movie in French.

I come from little Singapore that has, since its independence, weaved all the other continents together with its embrace of communication, technology and culture.

The decision to have the narrative of Summer & Its Rain in French, was solely driven by the inspiration behind my main character - my cinematographer and music composer. She was extremely passionate about French everything. I'd speak to her and she would hear it in French.


Living in a Black and White World

Filmmaker Bio: Growing up, Joshua Simon was raised by VHS tapes. Today at 21, he lives his everyday life immersed in film, music and dance. "I love writing music, I conceive a lot of scenes in my head that I write and weave into stories. I can't keep still. I love dancing and only last week realized how much I love making little movies. Not gonna stop."

Joshua is a graduate of the Film, Sound and Video program at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.

Filmmaker Age: 20


The 2011 YoungCuts Film Festival will begin on Thursday, September 29th. Screenings will be at the Guzzo Spheretech beginning on Friday, September 30th. Stay tuned for details on how to enjoy the amazing films that we will be presenting including Summer & Its Rain!

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