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NYFA Conference 2019
29 - 31 Mar, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
*SCAPEmedia Hub

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The NYFA Conference aims to create an inclusive community by bridging the different levels of young film enthusiasts through talks, workshops, and masterclasses to drive education and exposure to the filmmaking industry.

FREE admission ($5 refundable deposit)

Time Activity Speakers Venue
Day 1 – Fri, 29 Mar 2019
4:30pm – 6:30pm Film Industry 101 – Industry Visit to Shooting Gallery Asia Shooting Gallery Asia
7:00pm – 9:00pm Content Creation – Choreographing Stunts Stuart Stephen *SCAPE Treetop, Level 5
Day 2Sat, 30 Mar 2019
11:00am – 1:00pm Content Creation – How to Audition and Direct Actors Wee Li Lin *SCAPE Arena, Level 5
3:00pm – 4:00pm Community Calling – Let’s Talk about Film Schools Vincent Quek, Low Ser En and Ghazi Alqudcy *SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
5:00pm – 6:00pm Film Industry 101 – The Festival Experience Boo Junfeng and Huang Junxiang *SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
7:00pm – 9:00pm Film Screening – Best of Youths *SCAPE Gallery, Level 5
Day 3 – Sun, 31 Mar 2019
11:00am – 1:00pm Content Creation – Storyboarding He Shuming *SCAPE Arena, Level 5
3:00pm – 4:00pm Film Industry 101 – How Do I Get My Films Made? Raymond Phathanavirangoon *SCAPE The TreeTop, Level 5
5:00pm – 6:00pm Community Calling – The Road Less Travelled K. Rajagopal, Chai Yee Wei, and Lionel Chok *SCAPE The TreeTop, Level 5



Film Industry 101 – Industry Visit to Shooting Gallery Asia
Established in 1987, Shooting Gallery Asia is a one-stop production house for film and television productions, commercial photography, 3D CGI/capture & print, digital imaging and original content creation. It is one of Asia’s most creative commercial photography and videography studios with offices in Singapore, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, New Zealand, The Maldives, Paris and Japan. This industry visit allows participants a rare glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes of both independent and commercial projects, and gain valuable insight into the various projects that Shooting Gallery has been involved in over the years.

Content Creation Workshop: Choreographing Stunts
Learn how to fight for a film in this rare stunt choreography workshop. The instructor will impart the fundamentals of fight choreography as well as how to plan and shoot a fight sequence using non-contact fight techniques. Participants from all cinematic backgrounds will sharpen their perspective on film choreography, and learn how to safely plan stunts and fight sequences for the screen.

Instructor: Stuart Stephen Clifford is Australian and a 3rd dan black belt in Aikido and since relocating to Singapore in 2015 has won 6 Silver Medals in International Wushu Competitions for long and short weapons. Formerly the fight director of student films at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University. Stuart’s passion is fight choreography and he spent 7 years in Melbourne working to perfect the art for stage and screen before moving to Singapore. Currently, he is both the resident fight choreographer at LaSalle College of the Arts and Lecturer of the module. He also teaches Fight Choreography at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts where he is also a lecturer

Content Creation Workshop: How to Audition and Direct Actors?
Auditioning and directing actors are vital skills for being a director. This workshop focuses on imparting the psychological tools needed to motivate actors and draw out their best performances, in order to achieve the director’s vision. The instructor will share personal experiences and anecdotes, helping hone participants’ mastery of directing techniques. A hands-on session will also allow participants to guide actors through a scene and experience the collaborative process of crafting a cinematic performance.

Instructor: Wee Li Lin is one of Singapore’s pioneer female filmmakers. She has made numerous short films and two feature films, as well as telemovies and commercials. Her films have traveled to prestigious festivals and won several awards locally and internationally. In 2018, Wee was commissioned to direct Singapore’s National Day music video We are Singapore, an instant sensation. She also teaches film studies at various tertiary institutions around Singapore.

Community Calling: Let’s Talk About Film Schools
Often the first step for young film talent, film school is seen as a stepping stone into an industry and a marker of artistic caliber. A panel of select film professionals will share their experiences and insight into the inner workings of these film school beyond their prospectus. Hear first-hand how these local and overseas cinematic institutes have opened up opportunities and equipped them for life in the industry and beyond

Vincent Quek is the founder and CEO of Anticipate Pictures, a local film distribution company that focuses on arthouse, independent films, and documentaries from around the world, bringing them into the Singapore market for meaningful distribution. Before Anticipate, he worked at The Substation, a non-profit arts centre for the now-defunct Moving Images Programme, which championed local filmmakers’ works in Singapore and overseas. He holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts
Low Ser En is an award-winning Singaporean producer, whose live action and animated short films have been screened and won awards at over 60 international film festivals, including a British Academy Film and Television Award for Short Animation, for her film Poles Apart. She completed an MA in Producing at the National Film and Television School, with a scholarship from the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore and mm2 Entertainment.
Ghazi Alqudcy is an independent filmmaker based in Singapore. Ghazi had directed more than fifty short films and produced two
feature-length films. He produced the feature-length omnibus documentary ‘Lost in Bosnia’, which was highlighted by CPH:DOX as a “collective poem about the very act of filmmaking at a critical, (film-)historical moment in time.” ‘Temporary Visa’ marks his directorial debut for a feature film. He has a keen interest in exploring daily life in Cinema. He has a Master’s Degree from film.factory / Sarajevo Film Academy under the tutelage of Béla Tarr. Ghazi’s motto had always been, ‘Buy less t-shirt and make more films!’

Film Industry 101: The Festival Experience
A director and producer share the joys and sorrows of their international film festival circuit experience. They chronicle the journey from the minute they hit submit on their films, to experiencing the pain of rejection, to that glorious, nerve-wracking moment of world premiering in a festival. The pair advise budding filmmakers on how to navigate the complexities of the festival circuit and secure a coveted spot for their films at festivals

Boo Junfeng has written and directed 2 feature films and several award-winning short films. His debut film, Sandcastle (2010) was the first Singapore film invited to Cannes Critics’ Week, while Apprentice (2016) premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard. Apprentice has shown at more than 80 festivals around the world and was Singapore’s 2016 official entry for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category. Boo
was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2009 and the Singapore Youth Award in 2011.
Huang Junxiang produces content across a variety of media, serving as multimedia producer for both the SEA Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in 2015 and the National Day Parade in 2016. His film credits include SINEMA, Eric Khoo’s segment in 7 LETTERS (2015), and features IN THE ROOM (2015) and Boo Junfeng’s APPRENTICE (2016). More recently, he produced Eric Khoo’s RAMEN TEH (2018), Mike Wiluan’s BUFFALO BOYS (2018) and HBO Asia’s horror anthology, FOLKLORE (2018). Together, these works have traveled to Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, London, San Sebastian, Tokyo, Busan amongst other film festivals

Film Screening: Best of Youths
A Southeast Asian shorts showcase featuring award-winning NYFA 2018 films and gems from film festivals around the world. These short films highlight the concerns and preoccupations of the Southeast Asian youth and demonstrate the strength of storytelling and the unique perspectives of the emerging young talent in the region.

Ca$h by Tan Wei Ting (12 min, 2018, Singapore, PG)
NYFA 2018 – Best Sound Award, Best Direction Award

November by Shane Lim (15 min, 2014, Singapore, NC16)
NYFA 2015 – Best Direction Award, Best Screenplay, Best Picture SGIFF 2014 Singapore Panorama Shorts

That Day of the Month by Jirassaya Wongsutin (30 min, 2014, Thailand, NC16)
SGIFF 2014 SEA Short Film Competition

Kampung Tapir by Aw See Wee (17 min, 2017, Malaysia, PG)
SGIFF 2017 SEA Short Film Competition

Lola Loleng by Che Tagyamon (9 min, 2016, Singapore, PG)
SGIFF 2016 SEA Short Film Competition


Content Creation Workshop: Storyboarding by He Shuming
A much-overlooked component of filmmaking, storyboarding helps to create precision in a director’s vision and efficient budgeting and planning of resources. In this workshop, we break down the fundamentals of visual storytelling, emphasizing the craft of creative and artistic direction through storyboarding. Participants will get a chance to visualize their narratives, putting into practice the storyboarding tools taught in the workshop.

Instructor: He Shuming is a screenwriter and director. He completed his Master’s in Directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory. He contributed the short Letters From The Motherland to the omnibus 667, which premiered at Busan Film Festival 2017. He is currently working on his debut feature film, Ajoomma, which recently won the top prize at the Southeast Asian Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC) and the Best Co-Production Prize at IFFM Macau in 2018. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Film Industry 101: How Do I Get My Films Made?
For a young filmmaker, the road to making a feature film can be daunting; from securing funding to getting the right team for your film, there are many components to pulling a project together. In this comprehensive seminar, learn the ins-and-outs of film labs, residencies, development funds and production grants, and find out exactly what it takes to make your film stand out from the rest.

Speaker: Raymond Phathanavirangoonis the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC), an intensive non-profit script and development lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers. He is also a film producer who previously served as an international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival as well as Programme Consultant for the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Cannes Critics’ Week. His producing credits include Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s SAMUI SONG (Venice Days) and HEADSHOT (Berlin Panorama), Boo Junfeng’s APPRENTICE (Cannes Un Certain Regard), and many others

Community Calling: The Road Less Travelled
Known for its instability and unpredictability, the creative industry is not the most prestigious career choice. But these speakers have chosen to follow their passion and take the road less traveled. Having persevered through multiple successes and failures in their careers, they will use their experiences to illustrate what it takes to be in this field and why this journey is worth pursuing

K. Rajagopal has worked on stage and in film for over fifteen years. He has collaborated with many notable theatre directors on projects such as Medea and Beauty World. His debut feature, A Yellow Bird, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2016.
Chai Yee Wei belongs to a new wave of award-winning directors. He has directed a mix of horror and music films like Blood Ties (2009), Twisted (2011), That Girl in Pinafore (2013) and I WANT YOU (2014). He is also the founder of Mocha Chai Laboratories, a digital film lab based in Singapore.

Lionel Chok has been actively involved in creating digital content for television, cinema, the web, mobile and theatre since he started his career back in 1995. Almost 20 years on, he decided to upskill himself in tech by specializing in Augmented and Virtual Reality. Today, he not only runs his very own startup, iMMERSiVELY, which specializes in Immersive Technologies, he is also a contributor for VR at Forbes Asia, and a much sought after speaker and presenter in AR and VR.

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