We were all amazed at the variety of films on display, the range of approaches, the commitment to the project shown by the filmmakers and the quality and quantity of the films received. A big thank to all of the filmmakers who took part, and to all those who voted.
After long deliberation, The Jury decided unanimously to award The Jury Prize to Isazaly Mohamed Isa's CORRIDOR.
Says Christine Molloy, "I feel CORRIDOR is hard to beat in terms of a response to the brief we set - a very evocative, creative and playful response indeed. It covers nostalgia but in the most captivating way." Nicholas Chee of Sinema echoed this sentiment: "CORRIDOR...embodies the essence of what you can do with a film in 90 seconds - Tell me a story by bringing me into your world."
Isazaly was born and raised in Singapore, completed his foundation studies in the arts at LASALLE College of the Arts in 1990 and continued his passion in filmmaking in Kuala Lumpur. He is currently freelancing and provides his editing and motion graphics skills, to both the Singapore and Malaysia television industry. Isazaly will be going to the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol in the UK in November, with Joe and Christine, where TIONG BAHRU receives its first UK screening. We hope he will let us know how he gets on!
In addition to the overall winner, two films receiving special praise from the jury: Stephane Lasserre's meditation on the en-bloc phenomenon, WHERE THE HEART WAS, and Tang Kang Sheng's rawly emotional REMEMBER.
Christine Molloy: 'WHERE THE HEART WAS' is not only a beautiful and evocative film, it is also political, suggestive of the bigger, more contentious issues that define people's relationship to place in Singapore. Again, of all the submissions covering that kind of terrain it was easily the strongest in our minds.
Joe Lawlor: "Employing a family album of evocative photographs, REMEMBER skilfully attempts to reach back into a personal history. The effort to reach back is both courageous and illusive. Illusive, because for all their resonance the photographs aren't enough. Something more is needed. Words. And not just any words, but words which conjure up a specific place. REMEMBER is a thoughtful reflection on the tension that exists in all of us. The tension between who we are now and where we have come from so that we may better forge a future for ourselves. What made this film so strong for us is that the narrator recognises how both the past but also specific places mark us and how place is central in that act of remembering."
All three films will play alongside TIONG BAHRU at its premiere on Tuesday 5th October, and will screen every Tuesday as part of the WHERE THE HEART IS screenings, along with a selection of films from the competition as a whole, accompanying TIONG BAHRU.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE PRIZE
Over the ten days of voting, more than 5,600 votes were cast, with all films receiving wide support, and being viewed more than 22,000 times in total.
Congratulations then to Prashant Somosundram for his film paying tribute to the migrant workers of Singapore, WHEN THE DAY BEGINS, which came in in first place.
In second place is Jason Chan's homage to the estate that was the inspiration for the Civic Life project, Tiong Bahru, where Jason has found a sense of homecoming in I AM HOME, whilst coming in third it's Jurong East where 15 year old Esna Ong has her sense of HOME. See both films below.
Thanks to everyone for taking part. We hoped you have enjoyed seeing the tremendous range of talent, styles and themes, and that you it has inspired you to think of making films yourself. If you haven't yet seen all of the Top 20 films, do visit The Gallery.