what has to be

Independent film

Adapted from S. Rajaratnam's short story of the same name, What Has to Be explores the dysfunctional relationship between two grieving parents as they confront the inevitable truth of their unborn child.

This film was commissioned as part of Utter 2017, an annual Singapore Writers Festival initiative that supports the adaptation of Singaporean literature into moving media.

National Youth Film Awards, Best Animation – Winner
16th Asiana International Short Film Festival – Official Selection
16th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival – Official Selection


    • Directed by: Jerrold Chong

    • Assistant Director: Jia Lee

    • Screenplay by: Jerrold Chong, Jia Lee

    • Animation by: Jerrold Chong, Andre Quek, Mark Wee, Li Yihua

    • Editor: Jerrold Chong, Jia Lee

    • Sound Design by: Lim Ting Li

    • Voice Acting: Sivakumar Palakrishnan, Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai

    • Produced by: David Lee, Eternality Tan, Jerrold Chong