ShoutOUT!: ciNE65

In the third season of ciNE65, as Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence, Singaporeans are invited to reflect on our past, present and future as a nation with the theme BelievingHome. Launched by Nexus ( since July 2011, this short film competition organised by Nexus provides a platform for Singaporeans and those in Singapore to reflect on and examine the beliefs and values that shape us, individually and collectively, as a nation.

This season, a new technical award, “Best Documentary”, has been introduced to encourage Singaporeans to film a real slice of life in Singapore. This award seeks to recognise the craft of film-makers who help us to reconnect with Singapore’s past, or bring a fresh perspective to Singaporeans’ everyday life.

The distinguished panel of judges includes film-makers Boris Boo, Chai Yee Wei and Kat Goh, Co-founder & Director of Content at Oak3 Jason Lai, film lecturer at LASALLE Mardhiah Osman, cinematographer Sharon Loh and Director of Asiatainment Pte Ltd Edmund Chen. The winners of “Overall Best Film” Award for both student and open categories can look forward to an overseas trip to an international film festival and learn from renowned industry experts.

ciNE65 will accept film entries from 30 December 2014 to 6 April 2015. From 15 May 2015 to the middle of June 2015, the public can cast their votes for their favourite films, actors and actresses through the Facebook microsite ( or SMS. The competition will culminate in an awards ceremony in June 2015.  Please visit to find out more about the competition.


30 December – 6 April 2015
·     Competition submission period
  • Participants can submit their competition entries on ciNE65 Facebook microsite (  till 6 April 2015, 2359hrs.
January – February 2015
·     Seminars / Workshops
  • Free film-making seminars and workshops will be available to public on a first-come-first served basis.
7 April – 14 May  2015
·     Nomination & Judging
15 May – Mid Jun 2015
·         Voting for Audience Choice Films
o   Participants can vote via ciNE65 Facebook microsite ( or SMS for the nominated Audience Choice Films.
Mid June 2015
·         Awards Ceremony and Showcase of winning films.


·         Singaporeans can participate as an individual or as a team.
·         Each team should not exceed six (6) members.
·         Non-Singaporeans residing in Singapore can participate as part of a team.

There are two categories – Student Category and Open Category in this competition.

Student Category
·         Full-time students, who are studying in a local educational institution at the point of registration, are eligible to participate in this category.
·         Overseas Singaporeans who are studying full-time in an educational institution abroad, at the point of registration, are eligible to participate in this category.

Open Category
·         All Singaporeans (including overseas Singaporeans) are eligible to participate in this category. Non-Singaporeans residing in Singapore are welcome to be part of the team.
Submitted films should be original and should not be previously submitted for other competitions. The submitted films should revolve around the competition theme, “Believing Home”. Each short film must adhere to the given theme and be no longer than 3:00 minutes in duration (including opening and ending credits). All film submissions must be produced in high definition (HD) quality.
All films must be submitted to by 6 April 2015, 2359hrs.
Please refer to the for a full list of the participation guidelines.


There are three award categories: Jury’s Choice Awards, Audience Choice Awards and Inter-School Challenge. The Jury’s Choice Awards comprise eight technical awards each for the Student and Open Categories. The Jury’s Choice Awards will be determined by a panel made up of the organiser and industry professionals. 

The Audience Choice Awards comprise three awards which will be determined by the total number of votes received from the public.

The Inter-School Challenge applies only to the Student Category and it will be awarded to the school with the highest number of quality entries submitted by teams made up of members from the same school.

Only entries shortlisted by the Selection Panel will qualify for the award/s. An entry may be nominated for more than one award. A winning entry for any award will still be eligible for other prizes that it is nominated for.

Still from last season's winning short 'Priceless' by Kenny Tan

A jury comprising film industry professionals and partners of ciNE65 Season Three jury will judge each film based on the following criteria:


·         Relevance to Theme
The film should reflect the theme “Believing Home”.  

·         Ability to convey ideas
The film should be effective in engaging and encouraging viewers to reflect on the messages behind the story.

·         Execution & Treatment
The films should demonstrate a high standard of technical execution. This includes quality visuals, sound design and audio integration, lighting and camera positioning, and other relevant aspects that contribute to a positive viewing experience.

·         Originality
The film should be presented in a unique manner through the use of creative film-making techniques, imaginative writing and directing, and an original plot.

·         Emotive Impact
The film should engage the emotions of the audience and leave a lasting impression.


The jury comprises:
·         Boris Boo, film director
·         Chai Yee Wei, film director
·         Edmund Chen, Director of Asiatainment Pte Ltd
·         Jeremy Sing, founder & editor of SINdie website
·         Joe Ng, film and TV music composer
·         K. Rajagopal, film-maker
·         Kat Goh, film director
·         Jason Lai, co-founder & Director of Content at Oak3
·         Mardhiah Osman, film lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts
·         Sharon Loh, cinematographer
·         Colonel Roland Ng, Director, Nexus


For more information on ciNE65 Season Three, please visit the following social media platforms:
·         Official Facebook microsite:
·         Facebook:
·         YouTube:
·         Instagram:

To view our ciNE65 Season Three commissioned films, please visit the following YouTube links:
·         SINGAPURA by Bertrand Lee: 
·         Tireless by Kenny Tan: 
·         Old Kakis by N. Mohamed Yahssir:
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