NYFA WINNERS

Published on 10 August 2017

The future of filmmaking is bright with this year’s winners of the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA).

By MELANIE LEE

SHOKI LIN, 23

Nanyang Technological University

Lin and his team won the Best Picture Award for “樟宜(Changi). The emotional film revolves around an immigrant mother and her son on a taxi ride to the airport.

“Making a film is a challenging task, and it takes a good amount of skill to manage the budget and time. I had the privilege of working with a really great team and a stellar cast who really supported me through the project. This film was part of a school project and it was an unexpected win. I am grateful to receive this award.”

ONG KAH JING, 24

National University of Singapore

Ong, together with Rachel Seah, won the DBS Gold Award for the new non-media category this year. They did a documentary titled “The Conservation Conversation”. It focuses on NUS students going on an expedition to Indonesia to understand the complexities of nature conservation.

“I initiated this project as I’ve always been passionate about documentaries. We actually did the filming last year and only later found out the NYFA opened up a new non-media category. We have learnt that filmmaking is harder than it seems, and it requires a lot of time and effort.  We also learnt that focusing on people and their stories aid greatly in shaping the story arc of the film.

HUANG YUNG TING, 21 & KOH ZIWEI, 20

Singapore Polytechnic

Huang and Koh won the Best Visual Effects Award for “Breath”. It features a heroine called Chloe, who lives in an enclosed city where nature is forbidden.

“This film is part of our final year project and our school submitted it to NYFA.  Our award was unexpected for us! We met with many challenges, but learnt a lot about visual effects through the process. There’s always room for improvement and we need constantly push to improve ourselves. The NYFA has broadened our perspective of the local film industry in terms of realising that there are many young and emerging film talents in Singapore.”

HO SAY PENG, 26

LASALLE College of the Arts

Ho won the Hyundai Best Direction Award and Best Screenplay Award for the film “Ward 77”.

“The National Youth Film Awards is a great platform to get more exposure for our film. We also had the opportunity to learn from and interact with other aspiring filmmakers. The wins were definitely a team effort and represent the hard work of the entire crew. Having a good support system helps when everyone does their best to deliver the vision for the film. We hope that with these awards, there will be more opportunities to screen the film.”

BRENDA JEAN YOUNG, 24

Nanyang Technological University

Young picked up two awards for her production “Paper Roof” – Best Sound Editing Award and Best Sound Mixing Award. She also won the Production Design Award for another film, “The Becoming”.

“I’m in a state of shock at winning multiple awards as there were many outstanding submissions. I’ve learnt not to pursue film for fame or recognition, but to always stick to the original intent for the film, even if this does not appeal to the masses. I’ve also learnt the most from making mistakes. In the filmmaking process, it is important to be forgiving to others as well as yourself.”

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