B-grade film wins award
Student project short November literally scored a B grade in school, but wins big in National Youth Film Awards.
Student film-maker Shane Lim’s short November won awards earlier this month for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Direction at the inaugural National Youth Film Awards.
His coursemate at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film & Media Studies, Han Fengyu, has also earned acclaim with his short. Last Trip Home won Best Fiction at the 6th Singapore Short Film Awards in March. It is the first Singaporean student film to show at Cannes’ 2014 Cinefondation Selections, an international student short-film category.
Both of them made the short films for their Final-Year Project in 2014 and both works, ironically, were heavily criticised by their teachers in school.
November received a B while Last Trip Home received a C.
Lim’s November will be screened next month as part of a National Youth Film Awards event. It was initially dismissed by the school for lacking comedic elements and for not touching on teenage slice-of- life themes. The film is about the fallout after a teenage girl finds out her boyfriend cheats on her and contracts herpes.