With escalating news of the COVID-19 outbreak, Singaporeans can use a little bit of uplifting and inspiring conversations to get one’s mind off the crisis – if only for a moment. And with that in mind, the annual National Youth Film Award (NYFA) Conference, organised by *SCAPE, returns,.
Aligned with the theme for this year – “Emerging Trends and the Future of Content” – and also as a precautionary measure in view of COVID-19, the NYFA Conference will be going online for the first time. The conference will be streamed live on 17th April 2020, from 10.30am to 7pm. Interested attendees can register here. Among the list of prominent speakers are Dorcas Tan, Director (Human Capital Development) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Doreen Neo, Chief Content Officer, Mediacorp, and Kenneth Goh, Executive Director, Association of Independent Producers Singapore (AIPRO).
One of the highly anticipated tracks of this year’s conference is “Media Scholarships: Possibilities and Probabilities” which will spotlight the opportunities available to Singaporeans keen to pursue further education in film overseas. Attendees can glean insights from past scholars – Low Ser En, Ivan Tan, and Jonathan Choo – as they share their meaningful journey from student to independent producer or director.
As content creation and distribution continues to evolve, a key topic of interest for content creators is “Stories for The People by The People”. The panel discussion will see representatives from Wattpad, Singapore Book Council, Screenwriters Association of Singapore, and Mediacorp, explore the role of crowdsourcing and what it means for screenwriters and filmmakers who want to tell their own stories. It will also address how audiences are now active in creating and deciding what they want to watch in terms of screen entertainment.
Also look out for “Crystal-Balling the next wave: Trendspotting”, featuring panellists from DDB, Viddsee, Mediacorp, and Association of Independent Producers Singapore who will share their current observation of the local and international film industry in terms of production practices. They will also give their take on emerging trends and highlight potential opportunities and challenges that come with these changes.
The conference will conclude with a focus on NYFA’s past award winners, and the nation’s young filmmakers who have gone onto international stages with their short films and craft. Participants will be able to hear first-hand from Shoki Lin, Jerrold Chong, Tan Wei Ting, and Jonathan Choo, on how a quality short film can open doors internationally, and their international award exposure.
Participants can also catch their winning films (Adam by Shoki Lin, Piece of Meat by Jerrold Chong, Cash by Tan Wei Ting, and Han by Jonathan Choo), with access to these films shared during the conference. At the end of each session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via the conference chat function. Participants can also email their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of the conference.
The National youth Film Award Conference 2020 takes place on 17th April 2020 from 10.30am to 7pm. Register for the conference here. Closer to the event date, you will receive an email with a Zoom meeting link, Zoom ID and Password which you can then use to access the conference.