ShoutOUT! NYFA 2017 presents films galore, a weekend of REALLY useful talks and a film set pop-up!

'Changi 樟宜', Nominee for Best Picture, Direction, Performance and Editing
The nominees of the 3rd edition of the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) are out. This year, entries from non-students are also part of the competition and stories told reflect topics that are close to the hearts of youth today including race, identity and religion. Among the films presented are a documentary that aims to break the stereotypes of women in hijab, a narrative about a  PRC-immigrant mother who reconciles with her on the notion of home in a taxi ride, as well as a film where the filmmaker recounts a real incident of a terrorist hoax by her father who was incarcerated in Changi Prison for 3 years for the act.


'Unveiled', nominee for Best Documentary

Co-presented by *SCAPE and the National Youth Council (NYC), the annual marquee short film competition, open to youth filmmakers from local Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), saw over 200 films vying for 23 awards, including the top prizes for Best Picture and Best Overall School.  

This year’s submissions were critically assessed by a 19-member jury panel consisting of distinguished industry stalwarts from diverse backgrounds. They include Singapore International Film Festival executive director Yuni Hadi; writer and producer Tan Fong Cheng; filmmakers Sufyan Sam’an and Daniel Yam, as well as other heavyweights with expertise across various technical skills such as veteran Director of Photography Alan Yap, sound designer Rennie Gomes and the panel’s first-ever colourist, Azman Mohamed.

Mr Christopher Pragasam, Executive Director at *SCAPE, said, “With Singapore films and talent being increasingly recognised and celebrated on an international stage, it has become all the more crucial that opportunities are provided to cultivate our youth storytellers for a wider audience back here at home. Since its inception in 2015, the National Youth Film Awards have proven to be a timely platform to encourage youth interest and development in this field, and a springboard elevating their voices to a national level.”  

Mr Nicholas Chee, Awards Director for NYFA, added, “The awards connect emerging talent with industry professionals, helping to raise and groom the next generation of film auteurs in Singapore.

NYFA primarily focuses on the multi-faceted technical film crafts that contribute towards making a film, with categories such as Best Camera Work, Best Sound Mixing, Best Colour Grading, Best Editing in a Documentary Film, and Best Character Design in an Animated Film, as well as three new awards under the newly-introduced non-media student category, which recognises short films presented by non-media trained students.

Winners of NYFA 2017 will be announced during the Awards Ceremony next month on 22 July 2017, which will be officiated by Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu. The winning films will receive trophies, cash prizes of up to S$2,000, and various industry-related prizes.  


Vote for your favourite Films!

From 12 June 2017 to 10 July 2017, visit www.scape.sg/nyfa/vote to watch the top 10 NYFA non-media student films.

Cast votes for your favourite and you could be one of three lucky winners going jet-setting with a Scoot gift voucher worth S$300!

The contest is open to all Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents residing in Singapore. Each NRIC/FIN is only allowed one entry per day.

Share your vote on Facebook to obtain an additional chance to win! Winners will be announced on the *SCAPE website on 24 July 2017, 12pm

Walk into a pop-up film set at *SCAPE...

Scene from 'Han', one of Julie's showpieces in production design

Spotlight on Production Design: A Film Set by Julie Heather Liew
Thursday, 22 June 2017 to Sunday, 30 July 2017
*SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, Level 2 (#02-15)
Free admission
Visit a pop-up film set at *SCAPE, shining a spotlight on the art of production design. This is an initiative presented by local production designer and NYFA 2016 alumni, Julie Heather Liew, and is the first of an annual series by NYFA to introduce lesser-known film crafts to the public. Visitors can Instagram and hashtag their photos taken within the set with #SCAPEnyfa. One winner will stand a chance to win a $100 Scoot gift voucher*!


....Literally a Filmmaker's Weekend at NYFA next week!

A two-day NYFA Weekend will take place over 30 June and 1 July in conjunction with SHINE Festival, bringing together youths and key film and media industry players to exchange ideas and engage in dialogue through talks, workshops and screenings.

NYFA 2017 Weekend
Friday, 30 June 2017 | 7.30pm – 9pm
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 10am – 6pm
*SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link Singapore 237978
Free admission (Sign-ups required)

Here is the programme Line-up:

DART Sessions
Friday, 30 June 2017 | 7pm – 9pm
*SCAPE Arena (Level 5, MediaHub)
Also known as Director’s Actors Round Table, DART is an open discussion between directors and actors on best practices regarding casting, rehearsals and production. Kamil will also facilitate a “speed-dating” session between directors and actors where each pair will have three minutes to meet, chat make an impression. This would work in favour for both parties so directors can have the opportunity to meet actors and vice versa.

To register, click here.

LIFE BEYOND SCHOOL: How I survived in the Commercial World
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 10am – 10.40am
*SCAPE Arena (Level 5, MediaHub)
Fireside Chat
Join NYFA Alumnus Rachel Liew (Lighting & Camera) and Tan Wei Ting (Writing, Sound & Editing) in a heart-to-heart talk as they candidly share their experiences transitioning from school to industry.

To register, click here.

Editing and Colour Grading Demo with DaVinci Resolve 14
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 2pm – 4pm
*SCAPE Arena (Level 5, MediaHub)
Workshop DaVinci Resolve is the world’s most popular solution for high end color correction in feature films, episodic television and commercials. With the addition of a powerful set of next generation editing features, users have the benefit of an end-to-end workflow in one software. This demo will take you through the editing and trimming tools for both creative and online editing work, and also colour grading tools that will let you manipulate light and color in breathtaking ways that will complement and help tell your story.

To register, click here.

BEYOND ANIMATION: How can a Graduate Stay Competitive
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 11am – 11.40am
*SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
Panel Discussion
Our panellists, Ervin Han (Robotics Playground), Carlene Tan (Omens Studios) and Ronald Fong (NYFA Alumni and Masonry Studios) will discuss the opportunities for an Animation graduate to go beyond just his or her field and how to stay competitive in this fast moving industry.

To register, click here.

PRODUCING CONTENT IN THE SOCIAL AGE: Opportunities and Challenges
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 1pm – 1.40pm
*SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
Panel Discussion
Social Media has forever changed the meaning of 'Content'. But what is content? Kenneth Goh (Monstrou Studios) and Priscilla Khoo (Scripps Network Interactive) share more about the opportunities and challenges that a content producer faces today.

To register, click here.

FESTIVALS OR ONLINE? What is the Best Way to Expose Your Short Film to an Audience
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 2pm – 2.40pm
*SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
Panel Discussion
Traditional film festivals used to be the go-to platform to showcase short films to a wider audience. But with so many online platforms today, are traditional festivals still relevant to a filmmaker? Derek Tan (Viddsee), Leong Puiyee (Singapore International Film Festival), and Gary Goh (mm2 Entertainment) share their thoughts on this topic.

To register, click here.

A CAREER IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY: Academia or Apprenticeship?
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 3pm – 3.40pm
*SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
Panel Discussion
Join our esteemed panellists, Sebastian Tan (Shooting Gallery), Michael Kam (Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Film and Media Studies) and former post-production supervisor, Low Hwee Ling, as they share their thoughts on the best way to break into the film and media industry.

To register, click here.

INFOCUS ASIA: Asian Stories for the International Audience
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 4pm – 4.40pm
*SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
Featured Speaker
Producers Dean Johnson (IFA Media) and Zoanne Tan (IFA Media), who are behind multiple HBOasia original series including GRACE and The Teenage Psychic, share their journey and experience in making Asian content relevant to an international audience.

To register, click here.

NYFA 2015
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 5pm – 7pm
*SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
Film Screenings
Catch the films of all the National Youth Film Awards winners in 2015!
To register, click here.


NYFA 2016
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 7pm – 9pm
*SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
Film Screenings
Catch the films of all the National Youth Film Awards winners in 2016!
To register, click here.

C3: Creative Career Connections
Saturday, 1 July 2017 | 3pm – 6pm
*SCAPE The Treetop, Level 5
Join us to find out more about career opportunities from hiring organisations in the Creative Industries. Connect and network to grow your options in this gig economy.

To register, click here.

For more information on NYFA 2017, visit www.scape.sg/nyfa.

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