Cine65 Showcase - 10 picks from the Student Category
ciNE65, one of the earliest short film competitions in Singapore is in its third season this year. Organised by Nexus (www.nexus.com.sg), this short film competition has spawned some very ingenious works over the years. This year's theme is 'Believing.Home' (Believe In Home?) and it invites filmmakers out there to offer their view of what Home is and what makes them feel at home. This year's competition attracted more than 230 entries in both the 'Student' and 'Open' categories. We combed through many of them and came up with our Top 10.
Here is our top 10 in the Student Category in reverse order:
10. The Cobbler, directed by Lim Jun Kai
Synopsis: The Cobbler follows the teaching of 'Nothing in this world is free' and 'You reap what you sow' through the explanation of a teenager's grandfather.
9. Meaning of Home, directed by Nataling Yap Suer Ting
Synopsis: A heartwarming film about an old couple, who do not have offspring, yet build a strong relationship with their neighbours of different races and religions. They believe that family, in Singapore, can be defined not just by blood ties, but moments between close persons as well.
8. HERO, directed by Seri Munirah bte Rahmat
Synopsis: A short film that focuses on Singapore's defence that stays as strong, from one generation to another. Joshua recounts his childhood days and his motivation to become a policeman to serve and protect the country.
While slightly predictable in its setup and development, this film is a good reminder of the finer qualities of loyalty to our country, and the deep bond between fathers and sons. On another note, don't you love how these student films can do skittish play acting and make-up and still get away with it? The powdered hair, the pencilled-in wrinkles, and the kids who look too young to be fathers and grandmothers! It's kind of endearing.
7. Worthy, directed by Dawn Lim Yun Hui
Synopsis: A story of a mother giving up her dreams to make her son happy.
6. Treasure, directed by Yap Jia Wei
Synopsis: Treasure is the story of how perseverance and hope can build a nation. De Ming comes home from school in a bad mood. He tells his father he is doing badly in school. Feeling demoralised and dejected, his father thinks of a way to cheer his son up and motivate him. His father takes De Ming to Chinatown to find treasure. De Ming wants to give up, but his father continues to encourage him.
5. Dedication, directed by Jonathan Tan
Synopsis: Reminiscing about his late father, a young man delves into what it means to be dedicated to one's home.
4. Home brewed, directed by Nivash Joyvin Xavier
Synopsis: The journey of two close friends as they grow up during Singapore's early years. Contrasting ambitions and goals pull them apart when adulthood kicks in but fate eventually brings them back together through a coffee reunion.
3. Homeground, directed by Grace Swee
Synopsis: Andrew is going through a typical bad day, but an incident helps him realise a quiet truth.
2. Sightless, directed by Timothy Lim Bao Qiang
Synopsis: A father teaches his son a valuable lesson to trust and appreciate his people and his surroundings.
1. Blk 401, directed by Stanley Xu Ruiyang
Synopsis: A young man finds the feeling of home in the coffee shop he used to visit, and he reminisces fragments of his childhood and adolescence there.
Written by Bella Ow
We continue with the 'Open' category Top 10 here.