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Commissioned Films

Title: 36 Ways to Say Good Morning Director: Royston Tan

Directed by Royston Tan, 36 Ways to Say Good Morning is a film that showcases the sights and sounds we hear and see daily in Singapore but often take for granted. These range from scenes in the humble homes to shops, from the public transport to the army. The film allows the audience to have a glimpse of the morning experience of Singaporeans from all walks of life, and it allows us to identify and relate to each scenario, and to celebrate the unspoken things that mark our Singapore identity.

Royston is the founder of Chuan Pictures, a production company that focuses on stories with the innate ability to connect with the audience. He is one of the most influential filmmakers locally and his films have screened worldwide at film festivals and received over 75 awards.


Title: Sama Sama Director: Sanif Olek

Two professions, army servicemen and personal chauffeurs meet at the ubiquitous hawker centre. Their value systems are tested as one questions the validity of their respective presence. Yet, behind the veneer of conceptions, they share a common trait – a desire to serve selflessly. This value stems from the pride in upholding the traditions of these professions. Sama Sama is a sequel to “The Usual”, the commissioned short film from ciNE65 Season Four.

A graduate of Film & Media Studies from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) and Media & Communications at Murdoch University (Perth, Australia), Sanif Olek is one of the most accomplished and versatile television and film director from Singapore. Since 1996 Sanif received multiple ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Drama Series’, ‘Best Magazine Series’ awards for his television work. He is also one of Malay cinema’s most influential filmmakers. Notably, his feature film “Sayang Disayang” was nominated as Singapore’s official 2015 entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Category for 87th Academy Awards.


Title: Afternoon at Bukit Ho Swee Director: Koh Chong Wu

Koh Chong Wu, a ciNE65 alumnus from season three, returns with Bukit Ho Swee, a story about a samsui woman who thinks that she had time travelled to contemporary Singapore. She recollects her experience of the Bukit Ho Swee fire to a young woman she met.

The Nanyang Technological University alumnus also went on to direct “When You Are Old” to win the Singtel’s 5-Min Video Challenge and is currently a director at video production house, Big 3 Productions.


Title: Pink IC Director: Alvin Lee

Based on a true story, Pink IC showcases the emotional experience of a stateless Singaporean of Caucasian descent after waiting 50 years for his pink identification card.

Directed by Alvin Lee, this is his first short film in Singapore after completing his Bachelor in Film Directing at the prestigious Beijing Film Academy. The young filmmaker is no stranger to awards, having won Best New Director Award at the China Short Film Golden Hummingbird Awards, Best Director and Best Sound Awards at the Singapore Short Film Awards in 2015 and more.


Learning Trip

Title: Learning Trip to Busan International Film Festival

The winners of ciNE65 IV took a trip to the prestigious Busan International Film Festival last December. Here are the exciting highlights from the trip!


Title:Learning Trip to Tokyo International Film Festival

The ciNE65 III learning trip was held in Tokyo from 27 – 31 Oct 2015. It was organised for the winning teams behind the short film “Unwavering” and “Home-made”, which won the “Best Film” award for the open and student category of the ciNE65 III short film competition.


Past Award Winners

Title: The Red Packet Director: Muhammad Sufyan Bin Sam'an Award: Overall Best Film, Best Direction (ciNE65 2017 Open Category)

2014 was the year my Maternal Grandma finally met her birth mom. We knew since young that she's Chinese but raised by a Malay family. We never expected to ever meet or be greeted with open arms by new found Chinese family members. I'm sure my Grandma didn't at her age of 70. Since celebrating Chinese New Year was something new to us, my little cousins were confused about the festivities and cultures. So when they take their hong baos, they say the usual Hari Raya greetings instead.

This film celebrates the unique and beautiful diversity of our nation as Chinese New Year isn't only celebrated by the Chinese majority. Drawing from my personal experience, I wish to tell a story about family, love and innocence. May this Lunar New Year bring all of you an abundance of Love and joy. Hope you guys enjoy this film as much as it was a great experience for me - Writer/Director Sufyan Sam'an


Title: Ah Gong’s Toilet Paper Director: Tan Kylie Award: Best Screenplay (ciNE65 2017 Open Category)

It is bad when there is no more toilet paper after taking a dump. But it was worse for Ah Gong when he discovered that his favourite toilet paper could no longer be found. Thus began an island-wide search for the Sampan Brand Toilet Paper, from neighbourhood provision shops to the Sungei Road Thieves Market.


Title: Being Frank Director: Chua Shen Ern Mark Award: Best Editing (ciNE65 2017 Open Category)

We meet musician Frank Lee - getting to know the Hougang boy and the road from which he's come.


Title: Nasi Opera Director: Wong Yew Heng Award: Best Sound Design (ciNE65 2017 Open Category)

A spicy meal. The sounds of opera. An open door.

Cik Halimah's invitation to everyone for a simple meal shows us what home truly means. That home isn't just a place. It's the spirit we share together. Celebrating our diversity and appreciation of each other's culture and of course...great food.


Title: With My Life Director: Jaze Phua Jiawei Award: Best Art Direction, Favourite Actor (ciNE65 2017 Open Category)

A retired soldier and his daughter, a trained soldier of the army are caught in midst of a war zone in Year 2045. In the wake of an artillery strike, he shares with her stories of his life before war.


Title: Ang Ku Kueh Director: Chong Yu Lun Award: Best Cinematography (ciNE65 2017 Open Category)

A fresh recruit visits the optometrist to purchase glasses and improve his vision. Due to his eye deficiency, he has lost hope and sees a dull future in his 2 years of army. He is in turn inspired by a little boy who looks up to him as a soldier and a hero.


Title: FamilyChat Director: Poh Ji En Trevor Award: Special Mention (ciNE65 2017 Open Category)

"Who are you texting!?" could be a familiar nagging to Xiao Mei, 19, if only the recipients weren't her family members...

FamilyChat explores the topic of online conversations, and how technology could impact our relationships in our day to day interactions. With Singapore having one of the highest smartphone penetration rates globally, it has pretty much become a norm to hold much of our conversations online.

FamilyChat also explores the concept of home and it's boundaries, asking the rhetoric "what makes home, home?", prompting a reflection on our current attitudes. This is especially so in regards to Singaporeans, who valuing a close-knit family, have not yet achieved that goal.

In this film, FamilyChat aims to shed light on how these two things can coexist, showing that truly, Home has no boundaries.


Title: #12-99 Director: Jeth Heng Guan Seng Award: Overall Best Film (ciNE65 2017 Student Category)

A young Chinese immigrant arrives at his company's apartment only to find a woman already residing there. Scammed and stranded abroad without shelter or resources, the woman opens up her heart and home to the helpless man.


Title: 冰棒 Director: Yeo Yan Qi Vidonia Award: Best Art Direction, Favourite Actress (ciNE65 2017 Student Category)

Jia Hao is close to an elderly neighbour as she always lends him a listening ear when his parents are busy. He finds out that he's moving to another neighbourhood and he decides to do something for her to show his appreciation before leaving.


Title: Hello Pa Director: Muhammad Farhan Bin Abdul Hamid Award: Best Screenplay (ciNE65 2017 Student Category)

A son gives his father a call one day. However as the conversation develops, the father realises that the call isn't a casual one.


Title: Toy Soldiers Director: Tan Ee Yin Marcus (ciNE65 2017 Student Category) Award: Best Editing

A young man about to depart for National Service reminisces about the time he used to play with Toy Soldiers


Title: HOME Director: Nicholas Ho Guo Liang Award: Best Sound Design (ciNE65 2017 Student Category)

A short film about a team of soldiers that were deployed to eliminate and stop a threat during a time when Singapore is under attack by hostile forces. Having a recruit in the team, he is forced to survive and adapt to unpredictable situations to ensure that Singapore forces neutralise the threat.


Title: Foster Director: Tam Chin Wang Award: Best Cinematography, Favourite Film (ciNE65 2017 Student Category)

A boy struggles to face taunting memories of his home and fights to find peace in living with a foster caretaker.


Title: 恭 (gōng) Director: Toh Xin Li Award: Special Mention (ciNE65 2017 Student Category)

After being kicked out of the house, Keong returns home after a 15-year absence to have reunion dinner with his brother and father. However, he soon finds out how serious his father’s dementia is and learns to come to terms with it.


Title: Tricking Singapore Director: Ang Le Shan Award: Special Mention (ciNE65 2017 Student Category)

In this 3-minute documentary, we explore the Tricking scene in Singapore. A small but vibrant community filled with young, passionate individuals, they show us what home truly means to them.


Title: Common Ground Director: Yasmin Raine Binte Zulfikri Award: Special Mention (ciNE65 2017 Student Category)

After being kicked out of the house, Keong returns home after a 15-year absence to have reunion dinner with his brother and father. However, he soon finds out how serious his father’s dementia is and learns to come to terms with it.


Title: Less Than 6 Director: Chin Qian Yin Award: Special Mention (ciNE65 2017 Student Category)

Is it just a place for us to live in? Is it just for convenience? Is it a place of peace and comfort?
Or is it just a place for us to relax after a long day? What if there is more to it?
Love.... Hope... or perhaps Dreams....
Home is where relationships began.
Home is where heart belongs.
What is your Home Truly?