Eric Khoo, K. Rajagopal, Boo Junfeng and Kirsten Tan are among 15 Singapore directors for NVPC’s 15 Short Films
Support the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre and Blue3Asia's 15 Short Films, a project to show local stories by 15 Singapore directors
Sick of Hollywood's whitewashing and want to see honest-to-goodness Singapore stories? Support Singapore directors. It's as simple as that, made even better by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)'s latest effort to inspire giving, volunteerism and philanthropy through an accessible medium — film. Understanding that diversity is key, this collaborative effort with content producer Blue3Asia brings together the visions of 15 filmmakers and directors.
"These films are especially meaningful because they are a part of a ground up, not top down project, personally interpreted by 15 Singapore filmmakers" said Daniel Yun, filmmaker and founder of Blue3Asia. "They are based on real-life Singaporeans who lived through a time when the focus was all about survival. The list of filmmakers also includes online creators, most of them millennials who will be discovering and rediscovering a period when life was markedly different from today."
Among the filmmakers are veterans Eric Khoo, Kelvin Tong and K. Rajagopal, international fim festival-friendly names Boo Junfeng and Kirsten Tan as well as up-and-coming names Sean Ng, Gladys Ng, Jian Hao Tan and Chong Yu Lun. With this diverse make-up of storytellers in age, race and backgrounds, this initiative highlights the importance of Singapore's need to showcase a variety of perspectives, uniting the community in a spirit of giving. The duration of each short film will be between five to 10 minutes, with stories based on Singapore in the early '70s to the late '90s. The films will be produced by Blue3Asia and film company AMOK, and will be released on traditional and online platforms for a period of one and a half years till the end of 2018.
If you wish to contribute to this initiative, Giving.sg has set up a campaign to support the film project, together with the help of foundations and corporate partners.