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NEWS: ciNE65 Movie Makers Award Winner On Bringing Singaporean Stories To Hollywood

21 June 2019

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NEWS: ciNE65 Movie Makers Award Winner On Bringing Singaporean Stories To Hollywood

Fresh off his big win at the local short-film competition ciNE65 Movie Makers Awards (MMA), young filmmaker Jastine Tan has his sights set on Hollywood.

The 21-year-old Temasek Polytechnic graduate said: “The dream for every filmmaker is Hollywood. No matter what it is, it’s Hollywood.”

He added: “I want to tell unique stories from me and unique stories from Singapore instead of the cookie-cutter films. Filmmaking is becoming a more open industry because you see YouTube short-film makers getting big feature-film deals.

So what Singapore stories does this up-and-coming director think have a chance to make it to the Hollywood silver screen?

“I think that Singapore has a wealth of stories to tell. Not just about the HDB (Housing Development Board flats), but we have many folklore stories that we have never seen on film before.

“Such as the story about Bukit Merah – with the swordfish – and Sisters’ Islands. Even the China film industry is targeting (folktales) because they want to make a big spectacle and there’s a wealth of stories to tell,” he explained.

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