french film festival 2019

Cartoons Underground

This independent festival is back with its eighth edition of celebrating animated works by up-and-coming names around the world (more than 1,400 entries were submitted from 80 countries), including their first Women in Focus program and a segment that highlights the best student films from Singapore. The festival will be held at the newly opened Kult Yard this year, so it’s a great chance to check out the location if you haven’t been. Details here.

Nov 9, 6pm – 11pm

Kult Yard, 195 Pearl Hill’s Terrace 

Tropika Afterhours feat. Funk Bast*rd, Ramesh & Tom Shellsuit

If you haven’t heard of Tropika, they’re an interdisciplinary initiative that seeks to combine cutting edge music with sustainability, inclusivity and wellness. Having previously staged gigs at Fort Canning and Golden Mile Tower’s carpark, this iteration sees them taking over new multi-use arts and events venue Somewhere for a night of great electronic music. Details here.

Nov 8, 10pm – 3am

Somewhere, 15 Phillip Street

French Film Festival

The long-running French Film Festival returns with its 35th edition as part of the larger Voilah! France Singapore festival. Here, they’ll be offering a diverse range of 27 contemporary and classic films, ranging from comedies, drama to coming-of-age pieces, such as Roads (pictured above); in other words, Anglophiles will be very happy. Check out the full line-up here.

Nov 4 – 17, various times and locations

Escape 56: Fall of the Wall Feat. Roman Flugel (Dial / DE)

Escape 56 was one of the originals in pushing well-curated, secret pop-up parties in Singapore and their next instalment is grounded in history – it’s meant to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago, which symbolically marked the end of communism in Eastern Europe. To do so, they’ll be screening “B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin”, a documentary on Berlin‘s wild music scene in the ’80s, which will be followed by an after-party helmed by German electronic legend Roman Flugel. It’s bound to be a packed affair, get your tickets (to the documentary screening, after-party or both) ASAP before they’re all sold out.

Nov 9, 8.30pm – 4am

The Substation, 45 Armenian Street

An Hour With: Min Jin Lee

A highlight at this year’s Singapore Writers FestivalNew York Times bestselling author Min Jin Lee will be here in person to speak on her prize-winning novel, Pachinko, a sprawling historical saga that follows four generations of a Korean immigrant family in 20th century Japan. She will be elaborating topics of family, identity, on being “othered” as a minority and the power of fiction to bridge cultures – all extremely pertinent subjects today. Details here.

Nov 9, 4pm – 5pm

The Arts House