Award Winners 2019
SOUTHEAST ASIAN FILM LAB
MOST PROMISING PROJECT
Amoeba by Tan Siyou
Siyou’s project shows great promise in terms of its relevance to contemporary themes prevalent amongst the youth in Singapore. Although set in the mid 90s, the film provides a fresh perspective of one’s journey to self-discovery.
Bing.Bong.Bang by Krisitin Parreño Barrameda
Kristin’s project stood out for its ironic voice on the dichotomy of life and death. She shows great promise in providing a fresh and unique perspective on otherwise universal themes.
YOUTH JURY & CRITICS PROGRAMME
ASIAN FEATURE FILM COMPETITION AWARDS
Scales by Shahad Ameen
Very original and strong film from a first-time filmmaker from Saudi Arabia, which speaks about patriarchy with the simplicity of a fable. We think we’re going to hear about this filmmaker a lot.
Oren Gerner for Africa
One of the most difficult challenges for a director is to film the story of his own family. This director is even more courageous in casting his real-life family members to portray this story that is so close to his own life. Though they are non-actors, they manage to convey a sense of naturalness with subtle emotions. This fine acting speaks to the tremendous talent of the director.
Kristoffer King for Verdict
It is a role that could easily lapse into caricature, but his nuanced, outstanding performance gave an insight into the mind of a perpetrator.
Passed by Censor
We would like to present the special mention to Serhat Karaaslan of Passed by Censor for his engaging screenplay.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION AWARDS
BEST SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM
I’m Not Your F***ing Stereotype by Hesome Chemamah
The only story you have to tell is yours. We felt the storyteller. The acting. The
personal connection. Everything felt right and new and like no one had told this
director or cinematographer or editor or actors or anyone what they shouldn’t do and
because of that and their talent, we’re so proud and blown away to give you this
BEST SINGAPORE SHORT FILM
Adam by Shoki Lin
An exceptional film that reveals many deeper layers with an emotional dark
rollercoaster through Adam’s journey. A local story clearly elevated that will resonate
with an international audience.
Zaw Bo Bo Hein for SICK
To combine a clear plan with perfect execution and not lose the tone is the thing of
great directors. We recognize that and had no choice but to give you this award.
California Dreaming by Sreylin Meas
This film is so fluid and lyrical it succeeded in creating a special moment between
strangers. It is so deceptively simple yet so layered: all women who have no control
of their lives share a bond—and it’s this unique female perspective that makes it so
universal. The mood brought by the excellent cinematography, acting and direction
makes it worth the special mention.
YOUTH JURY PRIZE
Sweet, Salty by Duong Dieu Linh
The Youth Jury Prize goes to Sweet, Salty for its bittersweet
negotiation of womanhood in 21st Century Vietnam.