Organised by *SCAPE, the annual National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) discovers and celebrates the best emerging talent for technical film crafts in Singapore. We’re proud to introduce the featured nominees for this year’s NYFA.
“As the only local film competition for youth in Singapore, we see first-hand the immense talent, unique ideas and fresh content these emerging filmmakers bring to the table. With NYFA, we want to provide not just a platform for them to showcase their work and be recognised by their peers and industry professionals, but to also serve as a springboard for them, opening doors of opportunity for future collaborations and creation. The nominees’ works were critically assessed by industry standards, and we were very impressed by the range of genres and high level of skill sets presented this year.”
– Mr Nicholas Chee, NYFA Awards Director
A record number of 260 submissions were received this year, and the films were put through a rigorous shortlisting process by NYFA’s 15-member jury, including award-winning director and screenwriter Lee Thean-jeen, veteran filmmaker and actor Jack Neo, film composer Alex Oh, and Vikram Channa of Discovery Networks Asia- Pacific, among other distinguished industry heavyweights. Winners of NYFA 2016 will be announced during an Awards Ceremony on Saturday 23 July. A total of 20 awards are up for grabs, with seven new categories introduced this year.
A man travels to Korea to find the parents of a girl whom his son killed in a hit and run accident back in Singapore.
Nominated for: DBS Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Camera Work, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design
Republic Polytechnic, School of Technology for the Arts
When two cops (Dinn Mustafa & Ahmad Hardi) get a dispatch call on a house break-in, both of them are tasked with an intruder at hand waiting to be reprimanded.
Nominated for: DBS Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Camera Work, Bert Lighting House Best Lighting, Best Production Design, Best Original Music
Sweet Bloom of Night Time Flowers
Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design & Media
Wendy Ling, an intrepid young woman enters an abandoned building to finally catch a glimpse of a ghost. However it flees when startled by the sudden presence of a mysterious woman, spying on Wendy. She receives a call the next day to meet the mysterious woman, who offers her a chance to use her supernatural talent.
Nominated for: DBS Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Camera Work, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design
Temasek Polytechnic, School of Design
Soul 37 follows the story of Louis, a taxi driver trying to appease his daughter on Mother’s Day. He dies in a fatal car accident that night where he strikes a deal with the warrant handling his case, getting Soul 37 in exchange to see his daughter for the final time. It turns out the soul is Louis’ estranged father whom he has not seen in many years. His father eventually sacrifices himself in order for Louis to be with his daughter again.
Nominated for: Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Colour Grading, Best Production Design
Chicken Beauty Pageant
Nanyang Technological University, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Would you pay USD$10,000 for a chicken? While it doesn’t lay golden eggs… it sure could win chicken beauty pageants. Chicken pageants are held weekly all over Malaysia and Indonesia and for decades now, chicken owners enter their prized Serama chickens to be judged not only by their looks, but also their style and confidence.
Nominated for: Best Documentary Film, Best Editing for Documentary
LASALLE College of the Arts, Faculty of Media Arts
A Taoist priest is on a job to invoke and transport a jiangshi (Chinese vampire) but the big fat jiangshi proves to be difficult for him to handle. The priest has to find a way to transport the jiangshi without waking him up or he will be in trouble.
Nominated for: Best Animation Film, 3DPrintingHub.Asia Best Character Design for Animated Film
For more information on NYFA 2016, visit www.scape.sg/nyfa.