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15 Filmmakers Will Showcase Singapore's Untold Stories

By Freddy  /  28 Apr 2017 (Friday)

The 15 Singaporean directors involved in this project. Image credit: National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)

Fifteen Singaporean filmmakers have been selected to create 15 short films to be progressively released over a period of 18 months, from this June until the end of 2018, on both traditional and online platforms. Each short film will run for 5 to 10 minutes and is based on a Singaporean from the early 1970s to late 1990s.

“The idea came about immediately after ‘1965’ and immediately after SG50. There is a lot about those big celebrations, big stories, how we became independent and how from independence until now, how we survive.... So talking to some of the directors, we feel that there is a period from the 70s until the advent of social media, that there are a lot of stories that are not so big, that are more about personal Singaporeans, that are somehow not told.” shared Daniel Yun to InCinemas.

“And some of them can be very touching. Some of them can be very moving. More importantly, I think some of them can be inspiring. It shows not just for the older people who know, but also for the younger people to rediscover,” he shared about the impact these stories can have.

This ground-up project is spearheaded by veteran film producer, Daniel Yun, and his production company, Blue3Asia, in partnership with National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). The films will be produced by Blue3Asia with AMOK, a creative film company.

The filmmakers that are selected came from age groups and creative inclinations. The 15 filmmakers involved in this project are
  • Eric Khoo
  • Kelvin Tong,
  • K. Rajagopal
  • Boo Junfeng
  • Kirsten Tan
  • Chai Yee Wei
  • Randy Ang
  • Raihan Halim
  • Sean Ng
  • Nicole Midori Woodford
  • Gladys Ng
  • Kee Swee San
  • Chong Yu Lun
  • Jianhao Tan
  • Jason Lee

From left to right: Kelvin Tong, K. Rajagopal, Sean Ng, Chong Yu Lun, and Daniel Yun.

“For myself, when I got the brief from them … the words I picked out were ‘to tell humanistic stories’, ‘to show that Singaporeans have heart’. It was that, simple, and I want to be a part of that,” said Sean Ng, a local director and co-founder of AMOK.

The project will be funded from the ground up. NVPC seeks donations from foundations and corporations as well as organises crowdfunding to finance the production of the short films. The ‘Stories of Us Fund’ has been set up on the crowdsourcing platform Giving.sg to allow interested parties or individuals to be a part of this project.

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