FAQ

NATIONAL YOUTH FILM AWARDS 2017

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Who can participate in this competition?

    1. Media Student Category
      • The Media Student Category is open to:
        • full-time student(s) who are under the age of 35 (before 31 December 2017);
        • who is/are residing in Singapore;
        • and is/are currently enrolled in a media-related course/module at any Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) in Singapore.
      • IHL graduates (between 16 April 2016 and 15 April 2017) from the above media-related course/modules are also eligible to participate
      • Submissions must be produced between 16 April 2016 and 15 April 2017 during the course of enrolment at the IHL. Submissions produced during attachment and/or internship period within an organisation or agency will not be eligible to participate.
    2. Non-Media Student Category
      • The Non-Media Student Category is open to:
        • full-time Post-Secondary student(s) who are under the age of 35 (before 31 December 2017);
        • who is/are residing in Singapore;
        • and is/are currently enrolled in a Non-Media-related course/module at any Post-Secondary education institutes in Singapore.
      • Post-Secondary graduates (between 16 April 2015 and 15 April 2017) from the above Non-Media-related course/modules are also eligible to participate.
      • Submissions must be produced between 16 April 2015 and 15 April 2017, during the course of enrolment at the institute.
  2. What are the works qualified to submit for NYFA?

    Only short narrative, documentary and animation films are accepted for submission.

  3. What are media-related course/modules?

    A media-related course/module includes (but not limited to) the following fields: Acting, Animation, Cinematography, Documentary Filmmaking, Production Design, Screenwriting, Sound Design, Sound Mixing, Video Production, Video & Sound Editing and Visual Effects.

  4. Who are post-secondary students?

    Post-secondary students refers to students studying in Junior Colleges, Centralised Institutes, Polytechnics, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Universities. Students studying in Arts Institutions and Private Institutions are also eligible for the Non-Media Student Category.

  5. Can I submit works that I produced during my internship?

    Entries must be produced during the course the Applicant’s enrolment. Entries produced during an attachment and/or internship period with an organisation or agency will not be eligible for submission.

  6. Will works that are outsourced to a company or individual for completion be qualified for entry?

    Other than professional actor(s) engagement, the Applicant will be required to disclose in the submission form should the submission be outsourced to a company or professional individual(s) for completion or enhancement.

    A submission may be disqualified from the corresponding award it is being considered for (e.g. post-production, sound design, visual effects, etc.) should the work be outsourced to a company or professional individual(s) for completion or enhancement.

  7. Who can submit an entry?

    A submission may be done by a student representative (on behalf of team members). Course Manager or Supervising Lecturer of the film may also submit online.

  8. What is the maximum length of the short film to be qualified?

    The maximum duration of the submitted film is 20 minutes including opening title and ending credits.

  9. How many entries can I submit?

    There is no limit in the number of entries that an eligible Applicant can submit.

  10. Will the submitted film be considered for all award categories?

    During submission, you may choose to submit your film for all or selected category(s) depending on which Award category(s) you want your film to qualify for. A submission may be considered for other category(s) at the Jury’s discretion.

  11. Is there a limit to the number of people in a team?

    No. There is no maximum number of members in a team.

  12. Do I have to pay a fee in order to participate?

    There are no entry fees required to participate in the NYFA.

  13. Are there themes that the short films need to follow?

    There are no themes for the competition.

  14. Can I enter a short film that is not in English Language?

    You may enter a short film that is not in English Language. All non-English submissions must have English subtitles.

  15. How can I proceed to submit an entry?

    All submissions are required to be uploaded onto the platforms as listed in the online submission form. Both the URL and password (if any) must be provided.

  16. What are the materials required for submission by the Applicants or Shortlisted Nominees?

    Upon request, the Applicants or Shortlisted Nominees would be required to submit ungraded raw footages, original screenplay or storyboard to facilitate the jury process.

  17. When is the deadline for submission?

    Submission for the competition closes at 2359hrs (GMT +8) on Saturday, 15 April 2017.

  18. Can I submit a film that has been submitted to other film competition(s)?

    Yes, you may. The NYFA is a non-exclusive competition. Films that were submitted for other film competitions (within or outside Singapore) are still eligible for submission.

  19. Can I submit my film for another film competition after submitting to NYFA?

    Yes, you may.

  20. Who are the jury members?

    Please refer to the NYFA website (www.scape.sg/nyfa/jury) for more information.

  21. How is the judging process like?

    All submissions will go through a rigorous pre-selection process by an industry panel consisting of industry professionals to determine the final nominees for each category.

    The final jury session will determine the eventual winners through a blind scoring system. In the event of a tie, winners will be decided through a vote by the Jury.

  22. When will I know if my submitted film has been selected?

    Shortlisted Nominees will be contacted at a later date via the contact details as provided in the Online Application Form. A soft copy of the film will be required to be submitted. The format requirements are:

    Container Format: QuickTime (.mov)
    Codec: H.264
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (16:9 letterbox or pillar box if film is in another native aspect ratio)
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080 PROGRESSIVE
    Frame Rate: 24 or 25 FPS only
    Maximum Duration: 20 minutes including opening title and closing credits
  23. When is the NYFA Awards Ceremony?

    The NYFA Awards Ceremony is a by-invitation-only event which will be held on Saturday, 22 July 2017. More details will be released at a later date.

  24. Will the finalists be required to attend the NYFA Award Ceremony?

    All winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 22 July 2017. The winners will be contacted prior to the day of the Awards Ceremony via the contact details provided in the Online Application Form. Shortlisted Nominees would be required to attend and be ready to collect their respective Award(s).

  25. Will the Shortlisted Nominees be screened to the public?

    Shortlisted Nominees’ films will not have a public screening.

  26. What are the prizes for the winners?

    Please refer to the NYFA website (https://www.scape.sg/nyfa/categories) for more information.

  27. Who can compete in the Best Performance Award?

    The award is applicable to an actor or actress under the age of 35 (before 31 December 2017) and resides in Singapore during the time when the film is being produced.

  28. Who can compete in the Best Original Music Award?

    Only the principal composer(s) or songwriter(s) under the age of 35 (before 31 December 2017) who resides in Singapore and is responsible for the conception and execution of the work as a whole shall be eligible for an award. The work must be created specifically for the eligible short film.

  29. What is the difference between Sound Editing and Sound Mixing Awards?

    The Sound Editing Award is awarded to the sound editor(s) primarily responsible for planning, creation, direction, editing or execution of the sound design.

    The Sound Mixing Award is awarded to production mixer(s) or re-recording mixer(s) who contributed substantially to the final mix.

  30. Are there events that are open to public?

    Yes. There will be filmmaking workshops happening between June and July 2017. More details will be released at a later date on the NYFA website (www.scape.sg/nyfa/events).

  31. I am facing some difficulties while completing the online submission form. Who should I contact?

    You may contact us at nyfa@scape.sg or call Ying Tong at +65 8228 1405.