The UK-based directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor of the community project, TIONG BAHRU, a short film starring over 150 volunteers from Singapore, talk about the process of putting the project together and share their experience of filming in the heritage estate, its hawker centre and wet market.
There is also word of a (very) short film competition called WHERE THE HEART IS, part of the CIVIC LIFE programme. The organisers are looking for 90-second films that take as their subject a place that is important, for whatever reason, to you. These places could be public or private spaces (or even places that do not exist anymore) and can be in any genre - animation, abstract, photo-essay, drama; it’s really up to you.
The films can also be shot on any format, including handphones, as the judging criteria will be more on the emotional connection to the place the filmmakers can put across, rather than the technical considerations. Thus, you don't have to be an experienced filmmaker to enter as the organisers are hoping to get a panorama of Singapore’s physical, emotional and social landscape, from a wide variety of perspectives through this competition.
The films will be featured on the CIVIC LIFE website and the best 40 films will be screened alongside TIONG BAHRU at the National Museum of Singapore in a series of special screenings across October 2010. There are attractive prizes to be won and the filmmaker of the best film will get a chance to attend Encounters, the UK’s leading short film festival, which takes place In Bristol, England, over 5 days in November.
For more information, check out http://www.civiclife.sg/competition.html