ShoutOUT!: ciNE65 wants to give you a mentor and some money!

Still from last year's ciNE65 winner 'Priceless' directed by Kenny Tan

For all budding filmmakers or wannabes, here is another way you can take a first step towards making a film. ciNE65, the short film competition organisers are putting together a mentorship programme where you can be guided by veterans and experienced hands and minds from the film industry. This is the ciNE65 Mentorship Programme 2014 where you get to be mentored and also receive a production budget to make a short film! The ciNE65 mentorship programme is open to past participants of the ciNE65 short film competition and students studying film and related courses in local institutions.

How Does the Mentorship Programme Work?
   A maximum of four teams will be shortlisted for the mentorship programme.
   Each team is to produce a 3-minute film based on the theme from Total Defence 2014 (TD14), “Because You Played A Part” . Teams can also use any of the stories featured at the TD14 Experiential Showcase from 15 Feb to 23 Feb 14 at the National Museum of Singapore as points of inspiration for their stories. You may visit ( for more details.
   Teams will be selected based on their proposed treatment and script.
   Selected teams will be paired with an established filmmaker who will serve as a mentor and guide the team through their production.
   Each team will be provided a production budget of S$6,000 to make their film.
   Completed films stand a chance to be featured on platforms in relation to the ciNE65 Short Film Competition.

And who are the mentors? Here they are:

Fran Borgia
Fran Borgia studied filmmaking in London, Barcelona and Singapore. In 2004, he wrote and directed his first short film, Asia. He shot his second short film, Para Asia, in 2007. Fran co-directed and produced The King Lear Project, a three-part theatre performance commissioned by Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels and the Singapore Arts Festival in 2008, and in 2009, he wrote and directed Film-Faust for Singapore's Esplanade Theatre Studios, a theatre production inspired by Goethe's masterpiece. He was the Producer and Editor for Here, Ho Tzu Nyen's first feature film that was presented at the 41st Directors' Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2009, and for the medium length film, Earth, presented at the 66th Venice Film Festival 2009 and the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010. He has also produced Masala Mama, a short film presented at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival 2010 and Sandcastle, Boo Junfeng's first feature film that premiered at the 49th Critics' Week, Cannes Film Festival 2010.

Kat Goh
A veteran of television production, Kat Goh is one of the few female filmmakers to emerge from Singapore. Cutting her teeth on epic TV productions during an eight-year stint at both MCS and Channel U, Kat's work on the small screen includes the highly rated comedy series Durian King (2004), which won three PROMAX awards including Best Actress. Kat was also Assistant Director for Kelvin Tong's blockbuster hits such as The Maid, Rule #1 and It’s A Great Great World. In 2008, Kat made her directorial debut in film with Swimming Lesson. The tender and surprising short film about a mother's love competed at the 2009 Singapore International Film Festival and won both the Best Short Film and Best Director awards. It also won the special jury mention award in the 7th Vladivostok International Film Festival "Pacific Meridian". Kat was commissioned by the Singapore Writers Festival to create a short film under its pre-festival event, Utter 2013. She made her directorial feature debut with Dance Dance Dragon in 2012.
Boris Boo
Boris has been in the industry for 16 years. He was a scriptwriter with Mediacorp Studios Chinese Drama Division for 6 years, during which he conceptualized and wrote more than a hundred scripts for various local sitcoms, dramas, and short films. During his tenure with J Team Productions from 2003 to 2011 as Creative Director, he was involved in most of the company's movie screenplays and played a pivotal role in all the J Team TV productions. His work Just Follow Law (2007) was nominated for Best Original Screenplay in the 44th Golden Horse Awards and The Ghost Blog (2008) came in third in the Film & TV Co-Production Meeting organised by the Golden Horse Awards Committee. Boris made his directorial debut as a co-director to Jack Neo's Where Got Ghost? in 2009. From 2005 to 2009, he was invited to become one of the critics for Lianhe Zaobao movie column, where he wrote close to a hundred articles. Boris is also a guest-speaker with the 'Good Morning Singapore' movie segment. In 2011, Boris left Jack Neo's production house and is currently an independent filmmaker. 

Sanif Olek
A graduate of Film & Media Studies dept (Film, Sound & Video) from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Media & Communications from Murdoch University in Australia, Sanif Olek is an accomplished and versatile television and film director. Since 1996 Sanif has received multiple 'Best Director', 'Best Drama Series', 'Best Magazine Series' awards for his television work. His short films have been screened internationally at major film festivals, won awards and showcased at museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore. He is the head consultant at reeljuice, a collaborative creative agency actively promoting effective storytelling as means to enlighten the human condition. He made his first feature film Sayang Di Sayang in 2013.

For more details on the Mentorship Programme, visit

Entries must be submitted by 
5 March 2014

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