Less angst in new short film contest
Many Singaporeans portray Singapore in a pessimistic light in films submitted to competitions, say film-industry veterans.
But, after this year’s watershed General Election, they hope Singaporeans will discover an optimism for the country in entries for a new short-film competition announced last Tuesday.
Called ciNE65, the contest aims to promote an appreciation for Singapore through video clips by aspiring film-makers, and is themed “What you love about Singapore”.
It is organised by Nexus, the national-education arm of the Ministry of Defence.
One of the contest’s 11 judges, Ms Irene Ang, an actress and chief executive of artist-management firm Fly Entertainment, said that in the past couple of years, “angst” and “darkness” were recurring themes in entries she saw when judging Singapore competitions in the entertainment industry, including those on film.