SMRT PIECE (2022)
Set betwixt Singapore & Los Angeles, SMRT PIECE is a video-experimental animation triptych about public transit, queer bodies, risk, missing home, seeing VS being seen, movie magic, drawing as an abstract intellectual exercise, Agnes V., and snuggling with your lover.
Singapore International Film Festival (2022), SG.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (2023), NL.
Mini Film Festival (2023), Sarawak, MY.
Chicago Underground Film Festival (2023), IL, USA.
Short Circuit 7 (2023), SG.
National Youth Film Awards (2022): Best Documentary
National Youth Film Awards (2022): Best Editing
Chicago Underground Film Festival (2023): Honorable Mention
co-dir. Giuliana Foulkes
Two tween girls with magical powers surf a dangerous Web, blurring the lines between love and domination.
In this experimental hybrid of stop-motion and live-action filmmaking, power and desire in an intense friendship between two magical tween girls becomes magnified through the lens of networked neo-colonialism.
Ann Arbor Film Festival (2019). MI, USA
Derby Film Festival (2019). Derby, UK
Big Muddy Film Festival (2019). IL. USA
San Diego Underground (2019). CA, USA
Wasteland Film Festival (2019). CA, USA
Leeds Queer Film Festival (2020). Leeds, UK
ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival (2020). Jakarta, ID
Peransi Prize, ARKIPEL 2020
Experimental Film ICUCICU Is Eerily Jovial, Elena Cruz for THE SOUTHERN
little enemy, best friend (2017)
A sketch for ICUCICU (2018)
I exist, & nothing more (2021)
Commissioned by Pink Dot 13, June 13 2021
Writer: Rinri (Rei)
Producer: Christopher Khor
Sound design: Audiowise
Score: Iona Waller
Trauma and learning are two sides of the same coin
Tropical Rain, Death-Scented Kiss 素馨花
In a vision of Singapore slowly falling into a wilderness populated by spirits, the ghost of a girl’s best friend follows her home.
Southeast Asian Film Lab 2020, Fellowship Prize
Talents Tokyo 2022, Special Mention
Chicago Industry Exchange Lab 2023
An unlikely hero's journey into his own memories becomes a vehicle for reconciliation and healing for himself and his sibling.
Director: Iyabo Kwayana
Co-Creator: Alaf Kwayana
Key Collaborator/ Writer: Luther Clement Lam
Producers: Chris Hastings, Maori Karmel Holmes, Nevo Shinaar
Animation Director: Charlotte Bee Her Hong
Lead Animator: Iona Waller
Animation Producer: Giuliana Foulkes
Animation Assistants: Georgia Reid, Sarah Oh, Joshua Davis
Additional Animation: Mira Ram
Sound Design: Josh Ascalon
Sound Mixer: Jim Sullivan
Production Partners: PBS WORLD Channel, Blackstar Film Festival
Funders: MacArthur Foundation, WORLD Channel, Wyncote Foundation
BlackStar Film Festival (2022), PA, USA
New Hampshire Film Festival (2022), NH, USA
Well Read Black Girl Film Festival (2022), DC, USA
New Orleans Film Festival (2022), LA, USA
Sundance Film Festival (2023), UT, USA
San Francisco Film Festival (2023), CA, USA
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (2023), CA, USA
Hot Docs (2023), ON, CA.
Brooklyn Film Festival (2023), NY, USA
Golden Gate Award "Best Animated Short" San Francisco Film Festival
A.I. Mama is a post-cyberpunk short featuring Kei, a young programmer who attempts to resurrect their lost mother by coding an A.I. that can input childhood memories.
deadgirlfilm dir. Giuliana Foulkes (WIP)
Deadgirl searches for the spirit of her lost brother, having killed herself at the precise moment of the rapture.