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MEDIA STUDENT
Pre- Jury Selection Committee

Low Ser En 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.
Warren Sin Warren Sin is a film programmer at the National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque between 2008 and 2017. He is responsible for several retrospective focusing on significant film directors from Federico Fellini to Hou Hsiao-hsien, as well as various cinema related programmes. He is also the key programmer for the annual Singapore Short Cuts programme during his tenure at the Cinematheque. He is currently a freelance film programmer and the Film Aggregator from Mocha Chai Laboratories and A Little Seed, driving Mocha Chai’s film restoration and digitisation team and ensuring that a range of films are accessible to rent or buy on iTunes
He Shuming 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.

 

Media Jury Members

Cynthia Sfc Cynthia Chong currently serves as Deputy Director at the Singapore Film Commission where she oversees film industry development programmes in nurturing, supporting and promoting home-grown talent in filmmaking as well as showcasing their works to audiences in Singapore and beyond. The Singapore Film Commission is part of the Info-communications Media Development Authority.
Lw Photo Lillian Wang began her career in 1997 as a writer at Television Corporation of Singapore & Mediacorp Studios, writing sitcoms, sketch comedy shows and dramas. She later graduated with an MFA in film directing and production from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Over the years, Lillian has taken on various creative roles, including writer, director, producer and executive producer, for television, independent short films and commercial projects. She has also taught in film programmes at Lasalle College of the Arts and Nanyang Technological University.
Tan Chih Chong Tan Chih Chong is the co-founder of Sitting in Pictures. With 27 years of experience behind him in the local film and television industry, Chih Chong brings with him experiences gained over a broad spectrum of works. He worked with companies as diverse as MediaCorp, CTN, RTM, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Fremantle Media, Voom Networks, AETN and many others. Apart from television, Chih Chong also dabbled in feature films and was a producer on the highly successful Singapore film, Forever Fever.
Jeremy Chua Portrait Hr Jeremy Chua is an independent film producer and screenwriter based between Singapore and Paris. Since 2014, he founded his company Potocol and has co-produced films as A Yellow Bird by K. Rajagopal (Cannes Critics Week 2016), A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz (Alfred Bauer Silver Bear, Berlinale 2016), Brotherhood by Pepe Diokno (Karlovy Vary IFF 2016) and A Family Tour by Ying Liang (Opening film of International Competition, Locarno IFF 2018). A Yellow Bird was his first screenplay. He is a graduate of the EAVE Ties That Bind 2013, Bangkok Produire au Sud 2015, SEAFIC X Produire au Sud 2017 and alumni of Berlinale Talents 2017. He is also programming for the Pingyao International Film Festival
Sharon Loh Sharon Loh has been in the industry for almost 10 years as a Cinematographer, her accolades dated back to when she first won the best cinematography for a short film, “Keluar Baris’ in Singapore International Film Festival in 2008. Since 2009, Sharon has been involved in various genres of projects such as commercials, narrative films, trailer promos, reality programs and TV dramas. Currently, she is shooting for a long form Ch5 drama, “Kin”
Version 2 Carlene Tan is currently managing Animation Development for The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) based in Singapore. With nearly 2 decades of animation experience, she has worked with various animation studios across the globe. As the Studio Head with One Animation she produced the International Emmy nominated TV series, Oddbods as well as the well rated Insectibles. Prior to that, with the founder of Dreamworks Animation, she managed the Asian arm of Cloudpic Global and produced various digital projects for mobile apps launched across Asia. Coupled with half a decade of nurturing media start-ups at the Singapore government, Carlene puts her strategic business experience together with her love of storytelling, to connect with audiences and bring products to life.

 

OPEN YOUTH
Pre-Jury Selection Committee

Michael Kam Michael Kam completed a post-graduate diploma in film production at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and he currently teaches at his alma mater. His past short films have travelled to numerous international film festivals and have been honoured with accolades. He is currently working on a new short film “Nursery Rhymes”, which won the Greek Film Centre Best Pitch award at the 5th Drama Pitching Lab in Greece and was selected for development at the 2019 Aotearoa Short Film Lab in New Zealand.
Juan Foo Juan Foo is candidly regarded as the pioneer independent producer who is ‘still’ around for the past 20 years. He produced Singapore’s first digital film, ‘RETURN TO PONTIANAK’, first HD-feature ‘DIRTY LAUNDRY’ and indie-cult film ‘PERTH’. He began his film journey in script reading and distribution for a film finance company and freelanced in editing and production. Additionally, Juan trained in traditional cel animation and worked in Japanese anime. He also worked in WDA, MDA and U Creative in talent development, quality assessment and outreach He is now attached to Taipan Films developing and producing motion picture content.
Ezzam Ezzam Rahman is an artist and lecturer based in Singapore. He works mainly in installation and performance art, and is also a filmmaker, favouring narrative forms for their ability to communicate to the audience. He was awarded a joint winner of the Grand Prize for the President’s Young Talents 2015; the People’s Choice Award by the Singapore Art Museum; the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award 2016 by Yayasan Mendaki; and the prestigious Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

 

Open Youth Jury Members

David Chua 1 David Chua was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Council in July 2015, becoming the autonomous agency’s first CEO. NYC was restructured into an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in January 2015, and operates as the national body coordinating holistic youth development. It also houses Outward Bound Singapore and Youth Corps Singapore. David is also concurrently the Chairman of *SCAPE. David graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a Master of Engineering, and subsequently a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sharifahamani Sharifah Amani is a storyteller. As a young actress, she was fortunate to meet and work with a master storyteller, the late director Yasmin Ahmad. Apart from helping to weave other people’s tales, she enjoys telling her own. She directed three short films: Sangkar (2010), Kampung Bangsar (2012) and Hawa (2013). All three were screened at Roppongi Malaysian Film Week in Tokyo in 2015. Apart from writing and directing, she takes on festival jury duties, acts in various productions, and is waiting to release five of her new films.
Yeow Kai Chai Yeow Kai Chai is a poet, prose writer, editor and former journalist. A Master of Arts graduate in English Literature from the National University of Singapore, he has been working in the media for more two decades in various roles as writer and editor as well as film and music reviewer for 8 Days, The Straits Times and My Paper. A co-editor of Quarterly Literary review Singapore, he served the National Arts Council as Festival Director of Singapore Writers festival from 2015 to 2018
Christine Sham Christine Sham is a film and TV composer and a sought-after keyboardist. She graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with Bachelor of Music, majoring in Professional Music, she has toured and performed with some of the biggest names in the industry including A*Mei, JJ Lin, F.I.R, Sally Yeh, Francis Yip and Stefanie Sun. Based in Singapore, Christine has established a name for herself as a composer for film and TV, scoring the music for Eric Khoo’s 2005 film “Be With Me” and animation “Tatsumi” in 2011, not to mention a string of television commercials. In her free time, she gigs with R&B group Fuze Collective and the Asian Fusion band Szinc
Lei Yuan Bin Lei Yuan Bin is a founding member of the film collective 13 Little Pictures. He was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2012 by the National Arts Council. 03-FLATS, his sophomore feature was selected for documentary competition at Busan International Film Festival. FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY, his third feature, was co-directed with Tan Bee Thiam, featuring the cinematography of Christopher Doyle.
Ervin Han Ervin Han is the co-founder of Robot Playground Media, an award-winning animation studio based in Singapore. A seasoned animation producer and director who has worked on shows for Disney and Cartoon Network, Ervin is a passionate storyteller with a desire to see more. Asian stories brought to life through animation. He created Singapore’s first prime-time animated series ‘Heartland Hubby’ and the animated short ‘The Violin’ which won an Asian. Television Award in 2017. His animated anthology ‘Timescapes’ has been screened at over dozen festivals and was in competition at the Seoul International Animated Film Festival and Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2018. His studio is currently developing its first animated feature which is slated to begin production next year.
Mun Chong Yim Yim Mun Chong is the Chief Editor of Iceberg Design Pte Ltd. A veteran in the film industry, Mun Chong has collaborated with prolific Singaporean directors such as Wee Li Lin, Jack Neo, Meng Ong and many more. His editorial credits includes Ah Boys to Men, The Lion Men, A Fantastic Ghost Wedding, Forever and Men in White.