NEWS: ciNE65 Film Competition Draws Over 100 Entries on Meaning of ‘Singapura’

30 May 2019


NEWS: ciNE65 Film Competition Draws Over 100 Entries on Meaning of ‘Singapura’

Two days to make a film.

They almost didn’t make it, but writer-director Lan Yu, 24, and video editor Danial Razak, 28, submitted theirs in time for the ciNE65 Movie Makers Awards (MMA).

An impressive feat for the first-time filmmakers who rushed to shoot and edit their three-minute short, $ingapura.

The theme for ciNE65 MMA 2019, a film competition organised by Nexus, Mindef’s central agency for National Education and Total Defence, in partnership with film and entertainment company mm2 Entertainment, called on budding filmmakers to reflect on what “Singapura” means to them and the stories of our past generations that make us Singaporean.

So what’s the inspiration behind the film?

“I feel like inside a taxi is where you can truly be yourself, so that’s what we wanted to do with this film, where we wanted to show Singaporeans being who they really are,” said Danial.

The human connection is evident in many of the 113 films submitted to the competition, which is now in its fifth season since its inception in 2011.

“What makes Singapore home is the people around us. The main theme of our film is that people make the place,” said 21-year-old full-time national serviceman Jastine Tan, director and writer for My Homeland: A Photography Project by Grandpa Chen. The Wes Anderson-inspired project depicts a grandson living overseas trying to fulfil his grandpa’s dying wish.

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