Crowdfunding for Short Film "Frog" , Local Filmmaker Jesmen Tan. Support local talents

Currently a short film is looking to crowdfund their film and with only days left to the end of the campaign, SINDIE would like to extend to all readers to head over to their campaign website right now to support them as much as you can.

Here is information on the film and some words from the director to everyone.

A short film by Jesmen Tan


Set in Singapore, Frog is a short film that follows the romantic circumstances between two ideologically different people - Jay and Ting.
Jay, a Singaporean news reporter strongly rooted in his principles, meets Ting, an aspiring Malaysian actress who believes adapting to the environment to meet its challenges is a course of nature. In an event of helping Ting expose a production scandal, Jay unwittingly becomes a boiling frog.
The boiling frog is an anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that occur gradually.


Jesmen is a film graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts – Puttnam School of Film. His short films, Polling Day (2012) and Silence (2013), were shown at the 4th and 5th Singapore Short Film Festival.

Versatile, Jesmen has also contributed as key grip in Liao Jiekai’s As You Were (2014), Assistant Director in Boo Junfeng’s Mirror (2013), and Production Coordinator in Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo (2012), to name a few. Jesmen was also the script supervisor for Pink Dot 2011 – 2013. Frog is Jesmen’s first short film since his graduation in 2013.


Frog is a reflection and response to a series of events after my graduation. I found myself under circumstances that challenged my values, and wavered my confidence as a person and filmmaker. This a story about integrity. It does not prescribe an answer to right or wrong, but pushes us to question the reality we are in and who we are at the end of the day. It is also a story of hope - to remind us there are real individuals out there who are facing similar circumstances. I hope this film, no matter how little, helps individuals find strength in trying times.


We’re at the last lap of our crowdfunding campaign (ends 26 May) and we’re almost 50% funded. It’s amazing how our friends and family have stepped forward to support us. It has also been very humbling to see people whom we’ve never met (from across the globe!) believe in the project.

To give an impression of how the film is going to be like, a group of good friends helped us film our teaser for our crowdfunding campaign. You know it really is an independent effort when the Director and Producer are both forced to go on-screen!

Crowdfunding Teaser


While we’re looking for other sources to help fund the project, the bulk of our funds will still come from our crowdfunding campaign. We understand not everyone can contribute cash, but you can give in other ways. We ask that you please share this campaign across your social networks. The more people who are aware of the campaign and the film, the better chances we have to hit our goal. Any contribution is appreciated.

If you would like to support my film you can also contact me via email :

Director’s Statement

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