Melodi

An awkward, lonely boy is infatuated with his new neighbour, a young caregiver. In his own way, he reaches out to her...

  • Michael Kam
    Director
  • Michael Kam
    Writer
  • Mabelyn Ow
    Producer
  • Julian Kam
    Key Cast
  • Asmara Abigail
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Children, Music
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 29, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Singapore
  • Country of Filming:
    Singapore
  • Language:
    Chinese, Malay
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 28th Singapore International Film Festival
    Singapore
    Singapore
    November 29, 2017
    World premiere
    Official Selection
  • 24th Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    June 19, 2018
    International premiere
    Official Selection
  • 36th Rhode Island International FIlm Festial
    Providence
    United States
    August 7, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 10th San Jose International Short Film Festival
    San Jose
    United States
    October 14, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 28th Curta Cinema Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    October 31, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 63rd Cork Film Festival
    Cork
    Ireland
    November 15, 2018
    European premiere
    Official Selection
  • 17th Dhaka International Film Festival
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    January 16, 2019
    Asian premiere
    Official Selection
  • 15th TAFIC Tapiales International Film Festival
    Tapiales
    Argentina
    December 14, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 10th Lobo Fest - Festival Internacional de Filmes
    Brasilla
    Brazil
    November 30, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 8th Malatya International Film Festival
    Malatya
    Turkey
    November 14, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 20th Landshut Short Film Festival
    Munich
    Germany
    March 21, 2019
    German
    Official Selection
  • 19th Phoenix Film Festival
    Arizona
    United States
    April 5, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 11th Tallahasse Film Festival
    Tallahasse, Florida
    United States
    April 6, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 2nd Taoba International Youth Film Festival
    Tbilisi, Georgia
    Georgia
    April 12, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 10th Hill Country Film Festival
    Fredericksburg, Texas
    United States
    April 25, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 5th Twister Alley Film Festival
    Oklahoma
    United States
    May 3, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 2nd BlueCat Short Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 30, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 3rd Boynton Beach Short Film Festival
    Palm Beach, Florida
    United States
    May 4, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 7th Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    May 12, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 9th Aesthetica Short Film Festival
    York
    United Kingdom
    November 8, 2019
    UK
  • 8th Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
    Mallorca
    Spain
    October 28, 2019
  • 14th Tacoma Film Festival
    Tacoma
    United States
    October 4, 2019
Distribution Information
  • Lights On
    Country: Italy
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Michael Kam

Michael completed a post-graduate diploma in film production from Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film & Media Studies in Singapore. He currently teaches at his alma mater.

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Director Statement

Melodi is a short film that touches on a bond that develops between a bullied foreign caregiver and her would be rescuer, a young 10-year-old neighbour.

I was fascinated with telling a story of a boy who is on the cusp of becoming a man, who grapples with his awakening attraction for the opposite sex, and who is yet to fully comprehend the ways of the world.

​I was aiming to develop a story that goes beyond simple physical attraction, where the boy’s sympathy and empathy for this young foreign girl grows as the story progresses.