The S-Express Short Film Program Exchange was initiated in 2002 by Yuni Hadi (Singapore), Amir Muhammad (Malaysia) and Chalida Uabumrungjit (Thailand). It is an annual event in the form of short film exchange programs conducted on a regional scale.
Minikino joined S-Express networking in 2003, opening the doors of Indonesia’s short program distribution to neighboring countries in the Southeast Asia region. Having been a regular part of the Minikino Monthly Screening and Discussion for several years, in 2015 the S-Express screening become part of the annual film festival, Minikino Film Week.
Until now, S-Express is still the only channel for the exchange of short film programs that connects these countries in Southeast Asia. For each country involved, the annual S-Express projects have different meanings, and is furthermore an important part of the history of the short films development in Southeast Asia.
This year is the 17th year since S-Express was first initiated and still the most important movement for the production of short films in Southeast Asia, with an astounding network to be noted.
|SX2019 BRUNEI | Duration: 66:00 | AGE RATING: 13+|
Aaqil Ahmad / Brunei / 2019 / fiction / 06:00
An aspiring swimmer working an office job doubts her career when she meets a familiar face who is living hers.
Hashfi Farizi / Brunei / 2018 / fiction / 06:00
A Married Couple took a wrong turn as their argument led to an endless loop of psychological play.
|A LETTER FROM FRANCE
Hanifi Juffri / Brunei / 2017 / fiction / 03:00
A terminally-ill man in France who writes a letter to his friend in Brunei.
Liyana Hanif / Brunei / 2018 / fiction / 05:00
A pizza delivery man convinced to be living an ordinary life, started a night shift that triggered a dark premonition.
Drablo Max / Brunei / 2018 / fiction / 06:00
A man deemed insane after his wife’s mysteriously vanished was slipped an opportunity to seek her once more.
|ALICE IN WONDERLAND SYNDROME
Dk Nur Nadirah Pg Damit / Brunei / 2019 / fiction / 05:00
Estelle suffered from a lot of stress leading her to experienced ‘Alice in Wonderland Syndrome’ (AIWS).
Harlif Mohamad & Farid Azlan Ghani / Brunei / 2010 / fiction / 20:00
Pemukun, a traditional performer reconnects with his peers for the probably last chance.
Azeez Danial / Brunei / 2018 / fiction / 06:00
Struggling to deal with his break up Rahim undergoes an unlikely experience.
Aznniel Yunos / Brunei / 2010 / fiction / 09:00
A reflection on the existence of time and predestination
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|SX2019 CAMBODIA | Duration: 53:59 | AGE RATING: 17+
Programmer: Park Sungho; a festival programmer (Cambodia Int’l Film Festival) and film producer (Anti-Archive) based in Cambodia.
Lim HENG / Cambodia / 2018 / experimental / 02:34
A self-reflected conversation to light up and to prove one’s existance in the darkness
MONY Kann Darung / Cambodia / 2018 / fiction / 16:00
A long distanced couple tries to mingle and to save their romantic relationship
|SONS OF APRIL
Robin VERET / Cambodia / 2018 / fiction / 14:39
Under the extreme regime, a father needs to find a way to save the lives of his family
|A MILLION YEARS
Danech SAN / Cambodia / 2018 / fiction / 20:46
A couple escapes to a quite riverfront where time and space flow along with the river
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|SX2019 INDONESIA | Duration: 56:25 | AGE RATING: 17+|
|TERGILA-GILA (Insanely Infatuated With Someone At The Most Inappropriate Time)Nirartha Bas Diwangkara / Indonesia / 2019 / Fiction / 15:55A girl is facing her sexual awakening.|
|OR THOSE SILENCE THAT KILLS YOU AND ME
Ismail Basbeth / Indonesia / 2018 / Fiction / 13:42
Ali, 19 years old, has no family and friends except loneliness which ends up terrorizing him and his surroundings.
Oktivani Anggia Rachmalitta / Indonesia / 2018 / Animation / 04:02
A girl drifts in her imagination and dream wishing to find a certainty within herself.
Nur Wulandari / Indonesia / 2018 / Documentary / 06:16
Throughout her life, Wulan has come to understand that there are multiple interpretations of Islam and women in Islam.
|ONE OF THOSE MURDER
Jerry Hadiprojo / Indonesia / 2019 / Fiction / 10:37
Two janitors found a body of a dead woman. But in this digital age, priority flexed.
Kiki Febriyanti / Indonesia / 2018 / Fiction / 00:30
Menstruation is still taboo. When she feels awkward to buy “bread”, misunderstanding happens…
|LIFE OF DEATH
Jason Kiantoro, Bryan Arfiandy / Indonesia / 2018 / Animation / 05:23
Death, talks about his existence, his job and opinions on human beings in an interview from the documentary ‘Life of Death’.
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|SX2019 LAOS | Duration: 47:13 | AGE RATING: 17+
Programmer: Hélène Ouvrard. Based in Laos since 2008, Hélène Ouvrard is a consultant working in the Lao cultural sector. She is the co-director of the Vientianale film festival and also curates programmes of Lao short films for various festivals to promote emerging Lao filmmakers.
|MUSIC SAVES MY SOUL
Xaisongkham Induangchanthy / Laos / 2019 / documentary / 28:43
A portrait of a Lao traditional singer, Khamlek, in her 60s.
|PLEASE DON’T TELL ME HOW TO BE PERFECT
Sophie Vongkhamsao / Laos / 2016 / experimental / 02:00
A young woman stands up to bullying through dance.
|MELODY OF CHANGE
Ka Xiong / Laos / 2018 / fiction / 16:30
Hongfa, a mysterious and beautiful young woman arrives in a Khmu and Hmong village in Northern Laos.
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|SX2019 MYANMAR | Duration: 55:00 | AGE RATING: 17+
Programmer: Thaiddhi; Studied filmmaking at FAMU, a film school in Czech Republic. He co-founded the Wathann Film Festival which he also programmes. Currently, he is focusing on Myanmar’s film development and education while working as a cinematographer.
Myanmar / 2017 / fiction / 25:00
Three short stories of young people in Yangon, connecting each other through the dark side of the city Yangon.
Aung Phyoe / Myanmar / 2018 / fiction / 30:00
Based on the short story by Kyi Aye (1929-2016), exploring the physical and metaphorical change in a young woman’s life.
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|SX2019 MALAYSIA | Duration: 61:00 | AGE RATING: 17+|
Chris Leong / Malaysia / 2017 / fiction / 16:00
A father and his daugther; a secret and the future of their nation.
|AKU MAU SKOLA (I WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL)
Putri Purnama Sugua / Malaysia / 2018 / fiction / 21:00
Over 70 stateless children squeeze in daily to study under the guidance of their teacher, Rujiah Sami.
Jun Yap Won / Malaysia / 2018 / fiction / 15:00
The first day of a new tenant, Kai, who had just rented a room in a sub divided unit in Kuala Lumpur.
Ng Chee Chong / Malaysia / 2019 / fiction / 09:00
In the process of self-reflection, a boy falls into a hidden zone of his heart.
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|SX2019 PHILIPPINES | Duration: 57:43 | AGE RATING: 17+
Programmer: Francis Joseph Cruz (Oggs Cruz) Oggs Cruz has served as member and jury alike in the selection committee of many local and international film festivals. In the meantime, he writes about cinema for various publications.
|BAGUIO ADDRESS NO. 10
Mervine Aquino / Philippines / 2019 / fiction / 14:42
They try to imagine and describe a “dream house” and await the possibility.
|SIYUDAD SA BULAWAN (City of Gold)Jarell Sarencio / Philippines / 2019 / fiction / 15:16Three young brothers needing cash take a job in the gold mines of Mt. Diwalwal.|
|ALIENS ATA (Maybe Aliens)Glenn Barit / Philippines / 2019 / fiction / 07:00Two young brothers deal with the sudden loss of their father.|
Robin Estargo / Philippines / 2019 / fiction / 20:45
A synesthetic musical short film about a friendship.
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|SX2019 SINGAPORE | Duration: 67:00 | AGE RATING: 17+
Programmer: Leong Puiyee Puiyee is the Programme Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). She is also a manager at Objectifs, where she is responsible for the film programmes and projects.
|MY LADY M
Tingerine Liu / Singapore / 2019 / fiction / 30:00
Spend a day meeting the Chinese millennials who share a love of cakes at Lady M, a New York institution.
Kris Ong / Singapore / 2019 / fiction / 11:00
Roaming the streets one night, Darren and Matt write a song about what’s to come in their happy-go-lucky world.
Shoki Lin / Singapore / 2019 / fiction / 17:00
A mother who has recently lost her job finds herself working as a cleaner in her daughter’s high school.
|A DANCE FOR REN HANG
Lei Yuan Bin, Sara Tan / Singapore / 2019 / experimental / 09:00
Dancers reenact images by provocative Chinese photographer Ren Hang, known for capturing his struggles with depression
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|SX2019 THAILAND | Duration: 65:33 | AGE RATING: 17+
Programmer: Sanchai Chotirosseranee Sanchai Chotirosseranee is currently the Deputy Director of the Film Archive (Public Organization), Thailand. He is one of the programmers of the Thai Short Film and Video Festival and Silent Film Festival in Thailand.
|A ROOM WITH A COCONUT VIEW
Tulapop Saenjaroen / Thailand / 2018 / experimental / 28:21
An automated voice app called ‘Kanya’ guides a foreign tourist named ‘Alex’ through a beach town Bang Saen.
|THE SEA RECALL
Aekaphong Saransate / Thailand / 2018 / documentary / 26:53
Back in 2016, Mr. Krit Saranset and his wife had been murdered. His nephew has returned to observe.
|SUPERBARBARA: THE BEGINNING
Boonsri Tangtrongsin / Thailand / 2017 / fiction / 10:19
After an inflatable doll (Barbara) has been abused and abandoned, she decides to no longer be a victim.
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|SX2019 VIETNAM | Duration: 59:15 | AGE RATING: 17+
Programmer: Marcus Manh Cuong Vu Works as a film programmer, producer, and critic in Ho Chi Minh City. Previously, he was festival director of the Yxine Film Fest from 2010 to 2014.
Nguyen Hong Quan / Vietnam / 2019 / fiction / 11:21
A father who lives in Brussels chats with his little daughter in Hanoi via skype.
Thanh Doan / Vietnam / 2018 / fiction / 16:39
Three young millennials share an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City but are busy with their own lonely small worlds.
Bui Binh Duong / Vietnam / 2018 / fiction / 12:26
A highschool boy and son to a sacristan of a Catholic community in Northern Vietnam.
Pham Thien An / Vietnam / 2018 / fiction / 15:11
A bride-to-be experiences her last night as a bachelorette in heavy rainy Saigon.
Nguyen Duy Anh / Vietnam / 2018 / fiction / 03:38
A tasty joke on the restrictions of smoking scenes in films recently introduced in Vietnam.
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