MEDIA STUDENT PRE-SELECTION
|Aishah Abu Bakar was previously a Programme Manager for the Singapore International Film Festival (2015 – 2018), managing the Asian feature film section, as well as organising the masterclasses and talks. Prior to that, she was the Programme Manager for Moving Images at The Substation (2009 – 2014). She was in charge of organizing film screenings and related events, such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, the Experimental Film Forum, Singapore Indie Doc Fest, and First Take, a regular running local platform for first time filmmakers. She had previously been a film traffic coordinator for 2007 and 2009 editions of the Singapore International Film Festival, and has had a hand in television productions for Mediacorp’s Channel NewsAsia and Suria.|
|Jasmine Ng is a filmmaker who tells stories across platforms – from film to television, to theatre and site-specific installations. She first contributed to the local independent cinema scene with her involvement in several milestone works, including her work as editor of Eric Khoo’s 12 Storeys and on Moveable Feast, which she co-directed and produced. She also co-directed Eating Air with Kelvin Tong, which broke new ground for Singapore and made its mark on the international film festival circuit. With many broadcast-commissioned hours under her belt, she has also directed narrative-factual programmes for international broadcasters such as Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
She has served on many film juries and pitch panels in Singapore and regionally. And as series producer and executive producer, she has guided many young filmmakers from Singapore, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia, shaping projects from pitch stage to market and to telecast. An advocate for the film and arts community and for the creative industry, she is also one of the co-founders and current president of the Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals, and is currently overseeing the industry fair practices project that SAMPP has initiated. Jasmine is a recent recipient of the SkillsFuture Fellowship award and consults for several production companies and broadcasters.
|Jeremy Sing is the founder and editor of SINdie (www.sindie.sg), a website on Singapore films. In the last 12 years, through SINdie, he has written extensively about local films, both short and feature films, as well as interviewed numerous filmmakers. Before SINdie, he was making short films and his works have been screened both locally and at overseas film festivals and competitions. Little known to many, he juggles all his film and film-writing commitments with his full-time job as a public relations consultant.|
|Joseph Tan has worked primarily as a writer and director in the Singaporean television industry, helping to create and shape content across a wide range of genres. Highlights include his work on all the available seasons of Code of Law and its assorted spin-offs as well as the popular recent drama 128 Circle, but he has also written for works as diverse as animation (Heartland Hubby), kids entertainment (The School Bell Rings trilogy), sitcoms (Fam!, Calefare) and documentaries and info-tainment programs for broadcasters like Channel News Asia, MTV Asia and National Geographic.|
|Panuksmi Hardjowirogo, co-founder of M’GO FILMS, is focused on developing and producing works that respect the principal of cultural diversity as being significant and inherently complex. She is presently focused on co-producing works that are inspired by the intricate stories rooted in Southeast Asia. Her recent credits include the independent narrative films Malam, HERE (Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes), and the documentary Southeast Asian Cinema – When The Rooster Crows (Rubino Rubini, Sole Luna Doc Festival).|
OPEN YOUTH PRE-SELECTION
|Ezzam Rahman is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator based in Singapore. He works mainly with object based installation, video and performance art, favouring narrative forms for their ability to communicate to the audience. He was awarded a joint winner of the Grand Prize for the President’s Young Talents 2015; the People’s Choice Award by the Singapore Art Museum; the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award 2016 by Yayasan Mendaki; and the prestigious Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore.|
|Juan Foo is candidly regarded as the pioneer independent producer who is ‘still’ around for the past 20 years. He produced Singapore’s first digital film, Return To Pontianak, first HD-feature Dirty Laundry and indie-cult film Perth. He began his film journey in script reading and distribution for a film finance company and freelanced in editing and production. Additionally, Juan trained in traditional cel animation and worked in Japanese anime. He also worked in WDA, MDA and U Creative in talent development, quality assessment and outreach. As an educator, Juan teaches filmmaking in NUS-CFA and has taught producing at NTU-ADM Film and NP-FMS-FSV, firmly believing that the next generation of content talent is in producers. He is now attached to Taipan Films developing and producing motion picture content, most recently, with Singapore’s first creature monster film, Circle Line.|
|Pushing the boundaries of storytelling, M. Raihan Halim‘s television work, Firasat (2014) and SR115 (2017) sought to engage television audiences through multiple platforms for an immersive narrative experience. With years of knowledge and experience in television under his belt, Raihan embarked on his feature film project, Banting in 2014. Written, produced, and directed by Raihan, Banting’s commercial release in Singapore theatres was met with overwhelming response. The film was also screened at the 34th Hawaii International Film Festival. In 2018, Raihan won the award for Best Original Screenplay at the Asian Academy Creative Awards for SR115. Now in production for his next film, LA LUNA, Raihan looks forward to creating content for the worldwide audience.|
|Tan Fong Cheng cut her teeth in the industry producing television commercials since 1995. She has worked with all manner of clients, from MNCs to governmental bodies. In 2001, she decided to concentrate on movies and came on board Zhao Wei Films. Since then, she has produced many of the company’s most noteworthy TV series as well as films including Eric Khoo’s Be With Me and No Day Off, as well as Royston Tan’s 15 and 881. A crowning achievement for her was producing Eric Khoo’s My Magic, which was invited to compete in the prestigious Main Competition of the 61st Cannes Film Festival. Fong Cheng also produced Eric Khoo’s first animation feature film, Tatsumi, which was invited to the 64th Cannes Film Festival and made its North American premiere at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). A stalwart in the Singapore film industry, she produced Eric Khoo’s In The Room (40th Toronto International Festival, 20th Busan International Film Festival) and Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice. Most recently, in 2018, she produced Eric Khoo’s Ramen Teh.|
|Warren Sin was a film programmer at the National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque between 2008 and 2017. He was responsible for several retrospectives focusing on significant film directors from Federico Fellini to Hou Hsiao-hsien, as well as various cinema related programmes. He was also the key programmer for the annual Singapore Short Cuts programme during his tenure at the Cinematheque. Currently he is an adjunct lecturer at NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media. He specialises in the History of World Cinema.|
MEDIA STUDENT JURY
|Carlene Tan is the Director of Original Production & Development, WarnerMedia Kids APAC. She is responsible for identifying new IP and producing original series for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO in Asia Pacific.
Based in Singapore, she oversees the region’s current slate of originals that include the International Emmy-nominated Lamput, the brand-new Monster Beach, as well as steering the production on the long-running Roll No.21 franchise, and the upcoming series Titoo and Lambuji Tinguji.
Prior to WarnerMedia, Ms Tan developed original animation with The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) and was studio head at One Animation where she produced Oddbods and Insectibles.
Together with the founder of Dreamworks Animation, she also managed the Singapore arm of Cloudpic Global and produced various digital projects launched across Asia. She was also one of the founding members of Singapore’s first animation studio, Peach Blossom Media.
|Cynthia Chong currently serves as Deputy Director at the Singapore Film Commission where she oversees film industry development programmes in nurturing, supporting and promoting home-grown talent in filmmaking as well as showcasing their works to audiences in Singapore and beyond. The Singapore Film Commission is part of the Infocomm Media Development Authority.|
|Joanne Cheong is a Singapore based TV and film editor. Her notable works include Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo (2013) and Wet Season (2019). She has been a long-time collaborator of Anthony Chen and Ah Ma (2007) was the start of their collaboration. Her television work includes documentaries, commercials, and reality tv shows including regional franchises – Masterchef Singapore and Asia’s Got Talent.|
|Rennie Gomes has been an icon in Singapore’s film audio industry for more than 20 years. Best known for his edgy, experimental grooves and unconventional methods, Rennie has won several international awards for his creative sound design in film and advertising. In late 2009 Rennie spearheaded Yellow Box Studios’ most adventurous venture to date. Together with business partner and Golden Horse winner Ricky Ho they put together and built Singapore’s first Dolby certified film mixing facility and a film scoring stage to cater for their increasing regional film clientele.
Rennie has worked with pronounced directors like Emmy Award winner Robert Chappell, Asia’s film stalwart Eric Khoo and awarded director Royston Tan. 2015’s highly acclaimed Singapore collaborative film 7 Letters had his hand in sound designing Royston’s piece and 5.1 mixing the entire film for Dolby Cinema release. HBO’s Halfworlds Season 2 and Grace won best Sound Design and Music in the 2015 and 2017 Regional Apollo Awards. The past 3 years has also seen Rennie working on Netflix’s Marco Polo and more recently on dubs for Warner Bros. Crazy Rich Asians. His award-winning advertising credits include 8 D&AD nominations, one of which for producing and co directing a music video and another for sound design plus a Bronze in The Singapore Creative Circle Awards 2007 for his music composition on Missing. 2018’s Creative Circle Awards also saw him win Best Music and Sound Design in the BlkJ’s Campaign for Starhub – World’s Fastest Band. 2019 saw Rennie’s work as Sound & Music Supervisor on Netflix Taiwan’s Nowhere Man and Audio Supervisor on HBO’s Foodlore.
|Tan Chih Chong is the co-founder of Sitting In Pictures. With 27 years of experience behind him in the local film and television industry, Chih Chong brings with him experiences gained over a broad spectrum of works. He worked with companies as diverse as MediaCorp, CTN, RTM, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Fremantle Media, Voom Networks, AETN and many others. Apart from television, Chih Chong also dabbled in feature films and was a producer on the highly successful Singapore film, Forever Fever.|
OPEN YOUTH JURY
|Christine Sham is a film and TV composer and a sought-after keyboardist. She graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with Bachelor of Music, majoring in Professional Music. She has toured and performed with some of the biggest names in the industry including A*Mei, JJ Lin, F.I.R, Sally Yeh, Francis Yip and Stefanie Sun. Based in Singapore, Christine has established a name for herself as a composer for film and TV, scoring the music for Eric Khoo’s 2005 film Be With Me and animation Tatsumi in 2011, not to mention a string of television commercials. In her free time, she gigs with R&B group Fuze Collective and the Asian Fusion band Szinc.|
|David Chua was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Council in July 2015, becoming the autonomous agency’s first CEO. NYC was restructured into an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in January 2015, and operates as the national body coordinating holistic youth development. It also houses Outward Bound Singapore and Youth Corps Singapore. David is also concurrently the Chairman of *SCAPE. David graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a Master of Engineering, and subsequently a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.|
|Ervin Han is the co-founder of Robot Playground Media, an award-winning animation studio based in Singapore. A seasoned animation producer and director who has worked on shows for Disney and Cartoon Network, Ervin is a passionate storyteller with a desire to see more Asian stories brought to life through animation. He created Singapore’s first prime-time animated series Heartland Hubby and the animated short The Violin which won an Asian Television Award in 2017. His animated anthology Timescapes has been screened at over a dozen festivals and was in competition at the Seoul International Animated Film Festival and Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2018. His studio is currently developing its first animated feature which is slated to begin production next year.|
|Nicole Midori Woodford is a Singaporean film director, writer and editor. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents, Asian Film Academy, Torino Film Lab and Talents Tokyo. Her short films have competed in various festivals including Busan International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Singapore International Film Festival amongst many others. Nicole has also directed several commercial and narrative works for Zhao Wei Films. She is currently working on her debut feature film project, You Are There, which was selected in Torino Film Lab, SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab, Talents Tokyo at FILMEX and SEAFIC. You Are There, produced by Jeremy Chua and Shozo Ichiyama, is currently in preproduction. Nicole is also a film lecturer at the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University. She is the very first recipient of the NYFA Youth Inspiration Award in 2019, in recognition for her work in film and her contributions towards growing the next generation of filmmakers.
|Professor Kenneth Paul Tan teaches at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where he led the School’s academic affairs as its fourth Vice Dean during the most complex years of its rapid growth. Over the years, he has received numerous teaching awards, including the university’s most prestigious Outstanding Educator Award in 2009. His books include Singapore: Identity, Brand, Power (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Governing Global-City Singapore: Legacies And Futures After Lee Kuan Yew (Routledge, 2017), Cinema and Television in Singapore: Resistance in One Dimension (Brill, 2008), and Renaissance Singapore? Economy, Culture, and Politics (NUS Press, 2007). He is a member of the National Arts Council’s Arts Advisory Panel and the National Museum of Singapore’s Advisory Board. He chairs the Board of Directors of theatre company The Necessary Stage and was the founding chair of the Asian Film Archive’s Board of Directors. He also sits on the Board of Advisory, a fully youth-led non-profit dedicated to empowering young Singaporeans to make informed career and further education choices.|
|Yeo Yann Yann is a versatile and talented actor and theatre performer who has built a successful career across the mediums of film, television and theatre. She is one of those rare talents who enjoy both critical acclaim as well as popular star appeal. A familiar name in Singapore and Malaysia, Yann Yann first secured her standing in the Singapore entertainment industry after a string of notable films such as Singapore box office hit 881, Singapore Dreaming (San Sebastian Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival), Love Matters and Being Human. She also won a Life! Theatre Best Actress award for her exceptional portrayal in the Chinese classic play, Thunderstorm. After returning to Malaysia, Yann Yann wowed the local audience with her various roles in various TV dramas, garnering accolades and recognition for her work on the small screen. She has been nominated twice for her performances at the Asian Television Awards.
Her career reached a new height when she was recognized with multiple awards for her striking performance in Cannes Caméra d’Or winning Ilo Ilo, directed by Anthony Chen. For her performance in Ilo Ilo, she was awarded a 2013 Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actress at the Asia Pacific Film Festival, and Best Actress Awards in India, Russia and Dubai. Yann Yann collaborated with Anthony Chen again in Wet Season, for which she won the Best Leading Actress award at the 2019 Golden Horse Awards, and Best Actress award at the 2019 Pingyao International Film Festival Fei Mu Awards. Most recently, she starred in the acclaimed 2020 HBO Asia series Invisible Stories.
||Yeow Kai Chai is a poet, prose writer, editor and former journalist. A Master of Arts graduate in English Literature from the National University of Singapore, he has been working in the media for more two decades in various roles as writer and editor as well as film and music reviewer for 8 Days, The Straits Times and My Paper. A co-editor of Quarterly Literary review Singapore, he served the National Arts Council as Festival Director of Singapore Writers Festival from 2015 to 2018.|