PRESS RELEASE: 28th March 2016, Houston, USA
Singapore film wins at Houston International Film Fest 2016
Singapore short film, Bang Bang Club, created by BananaMana Films, has won a prestigious REMI award in the short film category of the 49th Annual Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival 2016. The exact category of the award will be announced at the Remi Awards Gala Dinner April 17th, 2016, Houston. As a Remi winner Bang Bang Club is confirmed to premiere at Worldfest on 17th April, 1pm at the AMC Theatres in Houston. The short has recently also been nominated for Best Editing and Best Original Score at the Indie Series Awards 2016.
Not a stranger to awards, Singaporean company BananaMana Films, took home 7 international awards in 2015 from 16 nominations for their web series: Perfect Girl. The series was recently acquired by online OTT platform Viki and Encore Inflight for global distribution.
About Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival:
One of the oldest and largest film competitions in the world, with more than 4,500 entries received from 37 countries in 2016, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival is renown for having discovered Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott and David Lynch by giving them their first honours. Founded over 50 years ago WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York.
“We will concentrate on only the very best, selecting new American & Foreign Independent films that truly deserve a premiere at WorldFest. By doing so, we can concentrate on the films and their filmmakers and enable our faithful audience the opportunity to see each and every film!”
Program Director Kathleen Haney
All winning films are screened at the the large AMC theatres of AMC Studios, Houston. The Festival runs over 10 days with masterclasses and screenings from 8th till 17th of April.
“When a Singapore film wins at an international film festival it’s big news particularly when it’s a North American festival because of the stiff competition. We were excited just to be selected for screening but to have won a Remi award is amazing for a little indie company from the little red dot! We’re excited to see our film premiere at one their 600 seater AMC theatres!”
Christian Lee (Co-Founder BananaMana Films)
About Bang Bang Club
Created by BananaMana Films, with support from MDA, “Bang Bang Club” is an action thriller (total running time 20mins) that has already attracted international nominations (Indie Series Awards) and interest from regional OTT platforms looking to develop it into a full length dramatic series or feature film.
Banks control the world beyond our imaginations. When one bank strips away the livelihood of two young men they take revenge by joining an elite assassins training group: The Bang Bang Club. Only problem is the club has links all the way to the highest financial powers of the world, and has other plans for them: covert murders and their own demise. An affair that blossoms with one of the elite female assassins of the club may be the only thing that will ultimately save the two men BUT they’ve both fallen for the same girl. Framed for murder the two men are pitted against the law, an elite assassins group and eventually each other as they try to uncover deadly secrets at the highest level of the financial system in order to save their lives.