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Learn filmmaking from Singapore's best filmmakers at the National Youth Film Awards Conference

By Say Peng  /  18 Mar 2019 (Monday)

The National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) conference, an annual event which brings together the best of local and regional filmmaking talent with Singapore’s aspiring filmmakers, is back on 29 - 31 March 2019, at *SCAPE. Youths will connect and hang out with esteemed industry filmmakers such as Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Boo Junfeng, and He Shuming across the three-day conference, gaining an understanding across all aspects of film production.

Co-organised by the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), the conference is broken down into three main sections: Film Industry 101, Content Creation Workshops, and Community Calling.

Participants who attend the Film Industry 101 workshops and seminars will walk away with greater clarity of the film industry.

A highlight is the “The Festival Experience” with Boo Junfeng, one of Singapore’s most notable directors, sharing insights on navigating the film festival circuit and the emotional rollercoaster that comes with it.

Another highlight is producer Raymond Phathanavirangoon’s “How Do I Get My Films Made”, which sheds light on how to produce and develop a film. The producer of Boo Junfeng's 'Sandcastle' and 'Apprentice', Phathanavirangoon will cover all participants need to know from securing funding to putting together the right team for their film. 

The Content Creation Workshops will see the young filmmakers getting hands-on experience under the guidance of industry practitioners.

A workshop to look forward to is “Choreographing Stunts”, where stunt choreographer Stuart Stephen Clifford will show participants the fundamentals of fight choreography, as well as how to plan and shoot a fight sequence, just like the ones in action movies!

A much-overlooked component of filmmaking, storyboarding helps to create precision in a director’s vision, effective budgeting, and planning of resources. In the “Storyboarding” workshop, screenwriter and director He Shuming will lead participants in visualizing their narratives and put into practice the different storyboarding tools and share their perspectives through this art.

The final category is Community Calling, where professionals share diverse stories in panel discussions.

For participants thinking about film school, the “Let’s Talk about Film Schools” discussion is a must-join. A panel led by BAFTA winner Low Ser En will share their experiences in film schools and how these schools opened up opportunities and equipped them for life.

In addition to the different workshops and seminars, young filmmakers can explore the Southeast Asia youth filmmaking with the “Best of Youths” film screening. Gather together for a set of short films that highlight the lives of Southeast Asia youth, and see how everyone is not that different after all. The films shown include NYFA winning films, 'CA$H' (2018) by Tan Wei Ting, 'November' (2015) by Shane Lim, amongst others.

NYFA is organized by *SCAPE and SGIFF, supported by National Youth Council. Submissions to NYFA 2019 are open from now till 31 May 2019. 

Here's the full NYFA Conference schedule:

Admission is open to youths of all ages and is free.

For more info, go to their website: https://www.scape.sg/event/nyfaconference/
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