March 15, 2011
Singapore – Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) and ScreenSingapore organizer Experia today announced the Asian Short Film Awards will be part of the inaugural edition of ScreenSingapore, which will take place from June 5 to 12. Three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone will head the jury, comprising international filmmakers, curators and film professionals. “There is a great deal of untapped potential in Asia and this competition is one way for us to experience it firsthand,” said ScreenSingapore chair Greg Coote. “The Asian Short Film Awards is an opportunity for the global film community to recognize upcoming Asian filmmakers. Many prominent directors today like Martin Scorsese and Peter Jackson began their successful careers in short films,” said MDA’s CEO Aubeck Kam. “It is our hope that this Award will do the same for a new generation of Asian filmmakers,” he added. The Asian Short Film Award seeks to nurture Asian film talent and expose them to an international audience. A distinguished panel of jurors, which includes Singaporean film director Eric Khoo, RGM Media director and CEO Devesh Chetty, and Hollywood Reporter’s Asia chief critic Maggie Lee will shortlist the top three films. The overall winner, which will be selected by Stone, stands to walk away with a S$20,000 cash prize sponsored by RGM Media, and hosted travel and accommodation to attend the awards ceremony in Singapore. The Asian Short Film Awards is open to all citizens and permanent residents of Asian countries. Films should be 10 minutes or shorter and must be produced after January 1, 2010. Submissions should be made through the ScreenSingapore website at www.screensingapore.com.sg by April 30.