Esplanade Presents | Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts


Local Filmmakers’ Showcase

Don Aravind, K Rajagopal and SS Vikneshwaran (Singapore)
18 Nov 2017Sat

In the local filmmaker’s showcase, we feature our homegrown talents, K Rajagopal, S S Vikneshwaran and Don Aravind who showcase their short films and share about the different treatments that they have adopted in terms of producing and directing their shorts and how that has impacted their telemovies and feature films.

K Rajagopal – The Flame (PG) (Short film in Tamil with English Subtitles) commissioned as part of the Seven Letters for SG50 S S Vikneshwaran – Edit Me (PG) (Short Film in English) official selection for Boston Film Festival 2013 Don Aravind – Un Vasalil (PG13) (At Your Doorstep, Short film in Tamil with English Subtitles)

About the artists

Don Aravind
Don Aravind started experimenting with the video camera since the age of 14. This interest eventually pushed him to pursue a formal training in filmmaking very much later in life. He started doing his own short films in 200, some of which have been screened and presented in various film festivals globally. Don currently directs television and commercial content in addition to independent filmmaking. His television credit includes Singapore's first English daily long form drama Tanglin.

K Rajagopal
Born 1965, filmmaker Rajagopal has won the Singapore International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for three consecutive years. I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997) have been featured at international festivals around the world. Other works include Brother (1997), which was commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival. He was also commissioned by the Singapore National Museum to create a short film, The New World, for the launch of their Digital Homeland series; as well as Timeless (2010), which won Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the Singapore Short Film Awards 2011. His short film was also part of the SG50 MDA commissioned omnibus film 7 Letters, 2015 which had its Asian premier at the Busan Film Festival in 2015.

In 2012, K. Rajagopal was a recipient of the New Feature Talent Grant from the Media Development Authority of Singapore. A Yellow Bird is his first feature film and it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

SS Vikneshwaran
S. S. Vikneshwaran, has created, written, produced, directed and edited several television programmes for Singapore television and has become a household brand with local production houses, television channels and even some viewers, who have become fans of his work. Some of his works have won prestigious awards and some have gotten nominations for the Asian Television Awards.

S. S. V. has also executive produced and distributed a Malaysian Tamil Film, En Veettu Thottathil, which has won international accolades in Mexico and Puerto Rico. He has also co-written and directed a Tamil feature Film in Malaysia, Atcham Thavir, which is touted to be the most awaited Malaysian Tamil film for 2018. Moreover, he has also directed an iconic stage play for Kalaa Utsavam 2015, which went on to become a super-hit with sell-out shows during its full run.

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