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SGIFF’s Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture and guide a generation of young writers on cinema from the region. Open to post-secondary students based in Singapore, participants will be given the opportunity to form close ties with their filmmaking counterparts in the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition, as well as provide exposure and context to the developments of a vibrant Southeast Asian film community through their writing.

In its lead-up and during SGIFF, the young critics’ articles will be published in the festival’s film journal, Youth Meets Film.

The programme will conclude with the young jurors awarding the Youth Jury Prize to one of the films competing in the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition during the Silver Screen Awards. One of the participants will also receive the Young Critic Award, awarded for originality of writing and for their contribution to cinematic discussions in the region.

The Youth Jury & Critics Programme is organised in partnership with the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, and *SCAPE. The workshops take place Saturday each week from 21 October to 2 December 2017, as well as Sunday, 26 November 2017.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submission Fees & Eligibility

  • Submission Fees: None.
  • Eligibility:
    • Keen interest in films from Southeast Asia
    • Basic knowledge of film theory and critical writing
    • Current student in a post-secondary educational institution
    • Based in Singapore
  • Definition

    • Film theory aims to explore the essence of the cinema and provide conceptual frameworks to understand film’s relationship to reality, other artforms, spectators, and its significance to society at large.
    • Critical writing refers to a reflective, research-based piece of writing where one formulates their own arguments, based on considerations of a variety of views associated with the topic.
  • Deadline

    • All entries must be submitted together with the completed submission form no later than Friday, 21 August 2017, 6.00pm (GMT+8).
    • Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
    • Any submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.
    • Submission forms may be emailed to contact@sgiff.com with the subject header “Youth Jury & Critics Programme” or physically mailed to the festival address below.
  • Shipping

  • All physical submissions should be sent directly to the following address:
    SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme
    Singapore International Film Festival
    2 Orchard Link #05-06 *SCAPE Singapore 237978
  • Selected Participants

    • SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme will inform successful applicants of the selection results by mid-September 2017.
    • SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of applicants.
    • Once selected, the applicant must confirm that they will commit to the time commitment required by the Youth Jury & Critics Programme.
    • Workshops will be conducted in English; knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.
    • Participants agree that produced works as part of the SGIFF Youth Jury & Critics Programme may be published on SGIFF related online portals, festivals publications and other materials relating to the festival.

MENTOR

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Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker and critic who has made over 350 video essays exploring film and media. His award-winning Transformers: The Premake was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound Magazine and played in several festivals including the Berlin Film Festival Critics Week.

In 2017, he is the first-ever Resident of the Harun Farocki Institute in Berlin. He was Founding Editor and Chief Video Essayist at Fandor, supervising producer at Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, and has written for The New York Times, Sight & Sound, Slate and Indiewire.

He teaches film and media studies at universities such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Goethe Universitat Frankfurt.

Past Head Mentors

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HEAD MENTOR 2016
VICTOR FAN

Senior Lecturer
Department of Film Studies
King’s College London

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HEAD MENTOR 2015
MAY ADADOL INGAWANIJ

Reader, Arts and Media
Course Co-Leader, Film & Television
University Of Westminster

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HEAD MENTOR 2014
KONG RITHDHEE

Film Critic & Arts Editor
The Bangkok Post

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YOUTH JURY & CRITICS PROGRAMME 2016
Stephen Teo

Associate Professor
NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

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TRINH MINH-HA

Professor
University of California, Berkeley

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Kenneth Paul Tan

Vice Dean (Academic Affairs)
NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Edna Lim

Senior Lecturer
NUS Department of English Language & Literature

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YOUTH JURY & CRITICS PROGRAMME 2015
JOHN LUI

Film Correspondent
The Straits Times

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NIKKI DRAPER

Senior Lecturer
NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information

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YOUTH JURY & CRITICS PROGRAMME 2015
MAGGIE LEE

Chief Asia Film Critic
Variety

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Sangjoon Lee

Assistant Professor
NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information

PAST PARTICIPANTS

PARTNERS

PROGRAMME PARTNER

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PROGRAMME PARTNER

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