Call for Entries: Singapore Shorts ’21


After a brief hiatus Singapore Shorts is back!  An annual showcase organised by the Asian Film Archive to celebrate the best and the most promising local short films in Singapore, the programme will feature a diverse range of new cinematic works chosen by an esteemed selection panel.

There will be online discussions with the filmmakers, critical writings, as well as a special guest curated programme.

Screenings will be held at the Oldham Theatre in August 2021.
More information and submission criteria in the link above.

Selection Panel

Chelsea Chua

Chelsea curates and manages programmes at Objectifs. She is the curator for Stories That Matter, an annual programme at Objectifs that showcases the possibilities of non-fiction visual storytelling. Other programmes she manages at the centre include the Objectifs Documentary Awards, Curator Open Call and the centre’s artist residency programmes, which supports the development of filmmakers, photographers, artists and curators in Singapore and the region. Chelsea has also led collaborations such as Personally Speaking: The Art of Caregiving, a visual arts project produced for the Lien Foundation. She was previously Marketing Manager at The Substation (2012 to 2015), where she oversaw the centre’s marketing and communication initiatives. 

Hsu Fang-Tze

Hsu Fang-Tze is a lecturer of the Department of Communication and New Media Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a curator of the NUS Museum. Apart from her curatorial dedication to moving images, she has been part of the jury board of several film festivals —including the Asian Vision Competition for the Taiwan International Documentary Festival and ARKIPEL 2017: Penal Colony. Her writings can be found in the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Art Critique of Taiwan, and Voice of Photography.

Jamal Mohamed

Jamal Mohamad is Senior Manager (Programmes) at National Heritage Board’s Malay Heritage Centre where he develops and implements a variety of activities targeting different audience segments, including underserved communities such as the elderly and youth-at-risk. He was also former Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra and has a background in theatre and film productions. He is a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (2008), Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award (2008) and National Arts Council Overseas Bursary (2008). Jamal strongly believes that Star Wars and Star Trek fans should really try to get along.

Viknesh Kobinathan 

Viknesh is a film programmer at the Asian Film Archive, where he curates screenings and discursive events that examine issues affecting Asian societies, explore the art of Asian cinema, and further the film preservation mission of the AFA. He also oversees the commissioning project, Monographs, a series that features written and video essays about Asian cinema conceived during the uncertainty of the global pandemic. Viknesh holds an MA in Film Studies from the National Film and Television School in England and was previously the programme manager at independent cinema venue, The Projector.

Warren Sin

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. He is currently an adjunct lecturer at NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media, where he specialises in the History of World Cinema.

Check out 2019’s edition here!

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