A short film about a Malay boy who celebrates Chinese New Year for the first time took home the top prize at the ciNE65 Season IV Awards Ceremony on Thursday (July 6). The Red Packet, directed by Sufyan Sam'an, 32, and written by Calvin Soon, 30, won Overall Best Film and Best Direction in the Open Category. Sam'an is the director of The Flying Kick Asia, a local video production house, and Soon is the creative producer of Mediashock Productions, a corporate video production company.
The inspiration for the film came from Sam'an's real-life experience.
In his new short film, The Usual, local film-maker Sanif Olek got to direct Singapore's Defence Minister, Dr Ng Eng Hen.
He says: "Everyone on set was quite tense because this is the Defence Minister coming on set. I was star struck for five seconds and then I just focused on the directing and the story." The four-minute work is about a national serviceman who visits his childhood Indian barber for a haircut and Dr Ng has a post-credits cameo as a customer.
SINGAPORE - The fourth edition of local short film competition ciNE65 kicked off on Thursday (Dec 8) with two commissioned films, including one featuring a cameo by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.
The biennial competition is organised by Nexus, a department of the Ministry of Defence responsible for Total Defence and national education, and is aimed at giving local filmmakers a platform to express their local identity through film.
This season's theme is "Home Truly", and features films by Sanif Olek and Wee Li Lin, both set in neighbourhood hair salons.