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Swiff Club will screen award winning independent films
The Singapore World International Film Festival will have its inauguration this Saturday. The program features a selection of seven films from USA, Canada, Japan, China, Philippines and Spain which will be screened on 9 and 10 April 2016.

It will open with the award winning Leaves of the Tree (USA) by Ante Novakovic. The closing film will be Patrol (Philippines) with its director Nick Olanka making an appearance for a post Q&A session.

Swiff club, movie club, buffalo, Michael McCallum, Ante Novakovic, Slit Mouth Woman, Nick Olanka, GV Singapore, Leaves of the Tree
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The festival program includes:

Buffalo (2014, US, NC16)
Directed by Michael McCallum, who is also the owner of Rebel Pictures. The story evolves around Roger, a lonely and terminally ill taxi driver who embarks on a journey to reunite with his long lost son. This film has won 5 awards out of its 13 nominations, including Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Humanitarian Award and Independent Spirit Award at the Global Independent Film Awards.

Date: 10 April 2016.
Time: 2.15pm
Duration: 78 minutes

Leaves of the Tree (2015, USA, PG)
This film is about a lawyer who made his way to the rural Sicily in the hope of curing his life threatening disease. He is joined by his wife and daughter and meets a mysterious doctor who claims s miraculous healing tree cures everything. It centres on the ongoing struggle of doubt, belief and faith of those who come in contact with the tree.

This is an award-winning movie with star studded cast. Directed by Ante Novakovic and starring veteran actors Armand Assante, Sean Young, Eric Roberts, and Federico Castelluccio. The screenwriters are David Healey and Ante Novakovi. It was shot in gorgeous locations in Sicily and won the Best Cinematography at Massachusetts Independent Film Festival 2015 and the Best Feature Film at WorldFest Houston 2015.

Date: 9 April 2016
Time: 2pm
Duration: 96 minutes

Slit Mouth Woman in L.A. (2014, Japan, PG)
The film is based on the urban legend of Kuchisake Onna (Slit Mouth Woman). Claire suffers from nightmare every night. She meets an urban legends researcher who believes the killing sprees in L.A. are related to urban legends. This film is an original story featuring Japanese urban legends mixed with western horror characters such as zombies and demons. It won the Best Feature Film at the London Digital Film Festival 2015 and several awards internationally

Date: 9 April 2016
Time: 9.15pm
Duration: 103 minutes

Patrol (2015, The Philippines, NC16)
The story evolves around a dedicated policewoman patrolling the streets in Manila. It takes you to Manila's dark corners and smog-filled streets. She is consumed by both guilt and fear as her son left home. She is torn between her duty as a mother and as a law enforcement officer who received no reward for being a good cop.

Date: 10 April 2016
Time: 6.55pm
Duration: 75 minutes followed by a post screening Q&A sessions attended by director Nick Olanka

Please check here for the screening schedule. Book your tickets now at and get free lollies courtesy of LollyTalk.

Register at the registration booth for a free SWIFF card, which entitles you to $2 off for your ticket purchase and promotional deals at all upcoming film festivals and parties.
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Why? Inauguration of SWIFF with award winning films
When: 9 & 10 April 2016
Where: Golden Village Vivocity. 1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-30, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Cost: $13-$15
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