Film Contest

Submission Deadline: 1 October 2017

$1,000 Cash Prize to be Won!

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Modern Aging Film Contest

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Films give us an incredible tool to to tell, share and imagine stories that otherwise would never be told. In conjunction with the Modern Aging Singapore accelerator program, we introduce the second run of the Modern Aging Short Film Contest. By encouraging rising film makers to tell the stories of those who are in the margins and rarely seen on film—the elderly—Modern Aging Singapore hopes to bring together two different generations and empower the older generation to communicate their perspectives and challenges they face every day. So go ahead, tell us a story (in 10 minutes maximum) with the theme – Aging Unlimited!

The Contest accepts entries from all Singapore residents. Entries can be submitted as individuals or as teams. However, each individual or team can only submit one entry. The winning entry stands to win 1000SGD and will be screened at the Modern Aging finale later this year!

The above videos are some great examples to generate ideas.

Meet our Past Winners

Balek Kampung (Going Home)

“Balek Kampung” means “to return home” in Baba Malay. Baba Malay is a diminishing local dialect in Singapore spoken by Peranakans, of whom my grandmother, Mama, is one. This lm is a portrait of my amnesiac grandmother exploring the spaces of her past with her Burmese domestic helper, Sulai. Sulai encounters these memories for the rst time as a foreigner. I too, am foreign to Mama’s language and experiences, separated by generations. As Mama’s frail frame traverses changing places, we are given a poignant reminder of our mortality.

Balek Kampung Film by Janel Ang, Yale-NUS

Announcing the Modern Aging Short Film Contest Runner Up:Balek Kampung by Janel Ang, Yale-NUS"Balek Kampung" means “to return home” in Baba Malay. Baba Malay is a diminishing local dialect in Singapore spoken by Peranakans, of whom my grandmother, Mama, is one. This film is a portrait of my amnesiac grandmother exploring the spaces of her past with her Burmese domestic helper, Sulai. Sulai encounters these memories for the first time as a foreigner. I too, am foreign to Mama’s language and experiences, separated by generations. As Mama's frail frame traverses changing places, we are given a poignant reminder of our mortality.

Posted by Modern Aging on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

For my dearest kuku and amah

In June 2016, my uncle collapsed when he was walking home and was rushed to the hospital immediately. The doctors advised my uncle to stay at home for a few months to recover his strength. As my uncle loves going out to cure his loneliness, he felt trapped being at home. During his recovery, our dogs and puppies became his source of support by keeping him active, listening to him when he needed to talk, and making him happy.

For my dearest kuku and amah, film by Rachel Quek, Yale-NUS

Announcing the Inaugral Modern Aging Short Film Contest 1st prize winnerFor my dearest kuku and amah, film by Rachel Quek, Yale-NUS"In June 2016, my uncle collapsed when he was walking home and was rushed to the hospital immediately. The doctors advised my uncle to stay at home for a few months to recover his strength. As my uncle loves going out to cure his loneliness, he felt trapped being at home. During his recovery, our dogs and puppies became his source of support by keeping him active, listening to him when he needed to talk, and making him happy."

Posted by Modern Aging on Monday, December 5, 2016

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Who can participate?

Any Singapore resident with a valid NRIC or FIN number may submit. You can submit entries as individuals or as teams. Each individual or team can only submit one entry.

What can I submit?

Films must be a minimum of 1 minute, maximum of 10 minutes in length and must fall under the theme “Aging Unlimited”. They must not have had any previous public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before the launch on social media. Let your imagination run wild but make sure you submit before the deadline on 1 October 2017.

How will I be judged?

After the submission deadline, film entries will be judged by a selected panel. Criteria include: originality, relevance to the theme, creativity, and cinematography. The panel will provide 80% of the score, while social media likes will comprise 20% of the score. These videos will be featured on our Facebook page, where voting will take place.

What if I am a finalist?

The winner will receive prize money and get the opportunity to present their work in the Modern Aging Accelerator Final Event on 2 December 2017. Other selected films (honourable mentions) will be featured on the Modern Aging website, Facebook page and Youtube channel.

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