Stretching the Boundaries


Stretching the Boundaries is an explosive 61-second hand-drawn animation film by the critically-acclaimed director Kleopatra Korai specially-commissioned for the opening ceremony of the 8th ASEAN Para Games, which was held in Singapore, December 2015. The Games, which was the ‘Paralympics for South East Asia’, welcomed 3000 athletes and ocials from 10 nations. Commissioned by Sport Singapore and directed by the award-winning  Creative Director Philip Tan of Philbeat, the Ceremonies were a grand extravaganza attended by Heads of States, broadcasted to 600 million in the region and live-streamed to many more. Entitled  Celebrate the Extraordinary, the Ceremonies was a celebration of the physical and mental strength of people of all abilities.


Korai’s film introduced the fifteen sports played at the Games, and worked its magic as a powerful backdrop to a dance featuring a 15-year old girl with autism and dance students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art. So exquisite was Korai’s film, that it was also edited as standalone shorts that were broadcasted ‘live’ on national television. Korai’s stunning images are also featured in the ocial programme booklets. Co-created with professionals and students with and without disabilities, the Games created a huge impact. Firsts include the Opening Ceremony being beamedlive to 3 countries, and being accompanied by liveinterpretation and live captioning, and live-streamed to 600 million in the region and beyond.



Directed by: Kleopatra Korai

Country: Greece, UK, Singapore

Producer: Philbeat (

Running time: 61 seconds

Year: 2015

Music: Sport Singapore

Competition: In ocial competition 

(230 from 2680 entries),

Annecy Festival 13-18 June 2016

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