Winners of the inaugural ciNE65 Short Film Competition were announced at the awards ceremony held at Golden Village Grand, Great World City this evening. A total of 17 awards were presented to aspiring film-makers who, through three-minute short films, shared what the Singapore story means to them. Minister of State for Defence and Education Lawrence Wong was the Guest of Honour at the event.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mr Wong explained how film, being an emotive medium, is able to communicate meaningful messages in an entertaining, captivating and thought-provoking way. He added that ciNE65 seeks to provide the Singapore community a chance to tell the Singapore story by soliciting genuine and creative interpretations of Singapore and expressions of things that matter to Singaporeans. Highlighting the importance of having a Singapore story, Mr Wong said, "Through ciNE65, we hope to identify and promote our budding talents and do our part to help grow the local film industry. In doing so, we can build a repository of films reflecting what Singaporeans truly think and feel, allowing us to take pride in our past, to laugh at our all-too-human failings, to learn from our shortcomings even as a growing nation."
Short films "The Team" and "Homebound" were the big winners for the evening as they were named Overall Best Film in the Open and Student categories respectively. Both films also bagged the Best Editing Awards. In addition, "The Long Ride Home" won the Audience's Choice Award for Favourite Film.
Ray Pang, director, producer and writer of "The Team" shared, "Winning this award means a lot to the production team as well as the cast members. 'The Team' is a story close to our hearts, depicting how Singaporeans can come together, regardless of race and religion, to attain great achievements for ourselves and the country. The makeup of the production team and crew itself represents Singapore, working well together despite our diverse backgrounds. Through this experience, we have built deeper friendships and hope to continue making more good films in the future."
Echoing similar sentiments, Noel Ng, director of "Homebound", said, "We are very honoured to win this award. Creating this film has been an enriching experience as it helped us explore what 'home' means to us. We hope that our film will also inspire Singaporeans to explore what 'home' means to them."
Cash prizes and Sony camcorders were awarded to winners of this year's competition. In addition, the Overall Best Film Award winner of the Student Category will get to embark on a learning trip to help them hone their skills in film-making as well as have their film submitted to a regional film festival.
Nexus, a unit within MINDEF, plays a central role in developing a shared sense of nationhood among Singaporeans in collaboration with the Public-People-Private (3P) sectors. Besides ciNE65, other Nexus initiatives include the annual Total Defence campaign, N.E.mation! and NE Gaming Championship. To view the submissions for the inaugural ciNE65 Short Film Competition, please visit www.ciNE65.sg and be a fan of ciNE65 at www.facebook.com/ciNE65.