ciNE65 Returns for 3rd Season
By Nina Syahira
January 8, 2015
L-R: N. Mohamed Yahssir, Bertrand Lim, Col Roland Ng and Kenny Tan
Running in its third edition, ciNE65 has returned to celebrate our nation’s grand 50th birthday with a new theme of “Believing • Home”. The short film competition continues to provide a platform for local budding film-makers to capture the Singaporean identity through films. ciNE65 has already begun and interested film-makers can start submitting their entries today. It will conclude on 6 April 2015.
The content is broken up into two categories; Student and Open. There are three award categories; Jury’s Choice Awards, Audience Choice Awards and Inter-School challenge. Awards will be determined by a panel of judges made up of the organiser and industry professionals like film director Boris Boo, actor Edmund Chen and founder of SINdie.com, Jeremy Sing. Cash prizes and a learning trips plus film submission to an International Film Festival are just a couple of things off the total list of prizes for the Overall Best Film Award in both categories.
Organised by Nexus, ciNE65 hopes to connect with Singaporeans and shine the much deserving spotlight on the growing local film and arts industry.
“ciNE65 is more than just a competition. It’s actually a full journey for people to learn about film-making,” says Colonel Roland Ng, Director of Nexus.
In that vein, ciNE65 is a time when everyone gets a chance to sign up for various workshops and seminars that will be held from January to February 2015. Not only are they free to the public, they offer professional advice on the art of film making. From learning about the traditional studio set-up to creating web series and writing a good script, the workshops would certainly offer the knowledge and skills budding film-makers are looking for. The seminars would provide a few eye-opening experiences for attendees like studying a director’s process from vision to production and learning how to use visuals for an even greater effect to story-telling. Also, don’t miss the works of local film-maker Kenny Tan that will be on showcase as well!
ciNE65 also commissioned three films by well-known film-makers in hopes to inspire participants. N. Mohamed Yahssir who made Old Kakis that spoke about the changes in Singapore over the years through a conversation between two old friends. To add authenticity to the short film, the Malay language was used instead of the common tongue of English. This dates back to the 60s where most people spoke Malay.
Season Two winner, Kenny Tan, made Tireless that told the story of a hardworking mother whose son works in the hospital. The touching film is a tribute to those who sacrifice for others’ well-being.
The third commissioned film was called SINGAPURA and it was a brave attempt at tackling a hypothetical scenario by hinting at the importance of National Service. Though told from a focused perspective of one young soldier facing war, Bertrand Lim nails the voice of many in the voice-over narration. The concern of defending one’s country if their sovereignty is challenged is real.
“I’d like to think that at the end of the day, we will stay and fight for our home,” says Bertrand Lim.
With such inspirational stories, ciNE65 is warmly welcomed once more to treat Singaporeans to a state of reflection on our past, present and future together as one nation.