Two animated short films by Singapore directors will be competing at international animation festivals in June this year.

The Great Escape by Tan Wei Keong was selected to compete against 215 other films at the Annecy International Animation Festival in France from Jun 6 to Jun 11. The Annecy International Animation Festival received 2,680 entries from 85 countries. It will participate in the “Animation Off-Limits” category, dedicated to experimental and cutting edge works.

The second film, The Tiger Of 142B by twin brothers Harry and Henry Zhuang, was one of 46 films selected out of 1,700 entries for the Grand Competition of Animafest Zagreb in Croatia from Jun 13 to Jun 19.

The Great Escape was based on a poem with the same title by Mr Alfian Sa’at. The Tiger Of 142B was based on a short story by Mr Dave Chua.

Both films were part of Utter 2015: Head Trips, a series of five animation short films adapted from original short stories and poetry by Singapore writers.

Utter is a special Singapore Writer Festival initiative which showcases the best of Singapore writing and celebrates its potential to be adapted into different media and across languages, giving audiences fresh perspectives and a deeper understanding of our home-grown authors.

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