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HSFC 2017 Banner. Photo courtesy of Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition
The Singapore Film Society presents the fourth Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition (HSFC) 2017. This competition targets at students and young-at-heart talents and encourages them to create short films with a heritage theme. To date, HSFC is the only short film competition that is solely dedicated to such a theme.
The films were then subjected to be judged by an independent judging panel: Professor Philip Holden and established local filmmakers Jasmine Ng and He Shu Ming. On 21st September 2017, the award-winning ceremony was held at The Arts House.
The winning short films were compiled into a travelling showcase to be screened at libraries, community clubs, galleries, associations, and campuses. It encourages people from all walks to watch these films and visit the filming sites. Post-screening discussions will be conducted to further raise the awareness about topics related to heritage. According to Chew Keng Kiat, the HSFC's project manager, the screenings are scheduled from this month until mid-2018.
Organizers, Judges, Winners, and Finalists of HSFC 2017 on the award ceremony on 21 September 2017 at the Chamber of the Arts House. Photo courtesy of Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition
One Track Mind The film by On the Rocks Productions won the First Prize in Student Category. The story revolves around five men who love model railway. Thomas Bhat and friends plan to open Singapore's first model railway museum.
The Nine Emperor Gods It captures the worship of Nine Emperor Gods (Jiu Huang Ye) which is originated from Fujian, China before spreading to several countries including Singapore. Broadcast Media Team 2 won the Third Prize in Student Category.
The Last Line The young students jumped into a boat to witness the life of Christopher, the last sustenance fisherman in Singapore. The film by SNP Collective won the Second Prize in Student Category.
The Last Line. Photo courtesy of Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition
Old of Things This documentary by Honest Visuals won the Top Prize in Open Category. It's about Yee Geok Eng, a resident of the now-empty Dakota Crescent estate. She was about to shift to another estate since Dakota, one of the oldest estates, would be demolished. It is about the understanding of 'home' - a monument to spaces of memory.
Getting Tough 纸扎止扎 It tells the stories of how the paper effigies industry has evolved from a flourishing trade to a vanishing trade. It still remains as the main source of Chinese spiritual sustenance. 小火 PorDuckSions won the Second Prize in Open Category.
Set A: The Singaporean Breakfast
S.M.J Productions tells the narrative of the breakfast stalls' hawkers and the histories behind them. It covers the past and present of the Singapore-style breakfast set.
Set A The Singaporean Breakfast. Photo courtesy of Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition
The production crew of Lighthouse Pictures goes on a joy ride in a boat learning more about the importance and significance of the maritime industry in Singapore's economy.
Apache Over Singapore
It brings audiences to revisit Singapore's music scenes in the golden decade between 1960-1970 through the memories told by Joseph Pereira who is an author and Singapore-Malaysia 1960s music researcher.