ShoutOUT! Light-hearted and inspiring conversations to dominate *SCAPE's first virtual National Youth Film Award Conference


• The panel discussion on media scholarships with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is one of the key event highlights 

06 April 2020, Singapore – With escalating news of the COVID-19 outbreak, Singaporeans can use a little bit of uplifting and inspiring conversations to get one’s mind off the crisis – if only for a moment. Hence, the annual National Youth Film Award (NYFA) Conference, organised by *SCAPE, is back! 

Aligned with the theme for this year – “Emerging Trends and the Future of Content” – and also as a precautionary measure in view of COVID-19, the NYFA Conference will be going online for the first time. The conference will be streamed live on 17 April 2020, from 1030 to 1900. Interested attendees can register here

Among the list of prominent speakers are Dorcas Tan, Director (Human Capital Development) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Doreen Neo, Chief Content Officer, Mediacorp, and Kenneth Goh, Executive Director, Association of Independent Producers Singapore (AIPRO). 

Media scholarships: Possibilities and Probabilities
One of the highly anticipated tracks of this year’s conference is “Media Scholarships: Possibilities and Probabilities” which will spotlight the opportunities available to Singaporeans keen to pursue further education in film overseas. Attendees can glean insights from past scholars – Low Ser En, Ivan Tan, and Jonathan Choo – as they share their meaningful journey from student to independent producer or director. 

The Future of Content 
As content creation and distribution continues to evolve, a key topic of interest for content creators is “Stories for The People by The People”. The panel discussion will see representatives from Wattpad, Singapore Book Council, Screenwriters Association of Singapore, and Mediacorp, explore the role of crowdsourcing and what it means for screenwriters and filmmakers who want to tell their own stories. It will also address how audiences are now active in creating and deciding what they want to watch in terms of screen entertainment. 

Another interesting conversation to look out for is “Crystal-Balling the next wave: Trendspotting”. The panellists from DDB, Viddsee, Mediacorp, and Association of Independent Producers Singapore will share their current observation of the local and international film industry in terms of production practices. They will also give their take on emerging trends and highlight potential opportunities and challenges that come with these changes. 

Nurturing and inspiring the next generation of filmmakers 
The conference will conclude with a focus on NYFA’s past award winners, and the nation’s young
filmmakers who have gone onto international stages with their short films and craft. Participants will
be able to hear first-hand from Shoki Lin, Jerrold Chong, Tan Wei Ting, and Jonathan Choo, on how a
quality short film can open doors internationally, and their international award exposure. Participants
can also catch their winning films:
  • ‘Adam’ by Shoki Lin
  • ‘Piece of Meat’ by Jerrold Chong
  • ‘Cash’ by Tan Wei Ting
  • ‘Han’ by Jonathan Choo 
Access to these films will be shared during the conference. At the end of each session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via the conference chat function. Participants can also email their questions to ahead of the conference.

About *SCAPE 
*SCAPE Co. Ltd is a non-profit organisation with its mission and vision rooted in support of youth, talent and leadership development. The organisation aims to facilitate youth-oriented programmes and support within various communities of youth interest in Singapore. The youth of today will be inspired and empowered to DREAM IT AND LIVE IT at *SCAPE! 

*SCAPE exists to serve and support youths to live their dreams and realise their full potentials. As
the integrated talent and resource hub for young people in Singapore, *SCAPE offers a holistic
network of programmes, communities, partners and facilities for youths to explore, create and strive. No dream is too small, no dream is too big. *SCAPE wants youths to be inspired to come forward and share their interests, share their dreams. Through guidance and facilitation, *SCAPE wants to see their dreams turn into ideas, and ideas into reality. Living their dreams should no longer be a dream at *SCAPE. 

About National Youth Film Awards (NYFA)
Since its inception in 2015, the NYFA has been cultivating a community of like-minded media enthusiasts and is the connecting point for youths to network and collaborate. Through NYFA, some of our alumni have been commissioned for various video campaigns by corporate and industry partners such as Adobe, PAVE and SONY. Together with industry partners, veterans, and institutes of higher learning, the NYFA programme is designed to spark deeper conversations amongst like minded individuals and hone their crafts in filmmaking. NYFA supports artistic works from both aspiring and professional filmmakers and is committed to nurture the aspiration, vision, and creative spirit of these youths.
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