The 8th Annual National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) is poised to connect the world of cinema with the rapidly emerging world of the metaverse and the non-fungible token (NFT).
NYFA, the only platform in Singapore showcasing the work of young filmmakers, will have a special visual featuring elements from the metaverse. The visual was designed by Yeow Su Xian, winner of the Best Animation Award at NYFA 2021.
“This key visual is a re-imagining of filmmaking in a digital format, as the art form enters an era of metaverse influenced by NFTs and streaming. Through the visual, we want to create a cinematic metaverse that filmmakers can relate to and step into,” Yeow said.
2022 NYFA Awards, Mentorship and Experience
Pitch Lab series to help budding filmmakers
Keeping in mind the growing market for series content, a new mentorship program, Series Pitch Lab, will be introduced at NYFA 2022.
A series of online workshops and conferences will be organized for 10 young filmmakers and writers to develop their writing style for the pitch of episodic series. Two industry mentors will guide participants through the six workshop sessions. Regional guest speakers will share their experience of the film industry each week.
Apps for the SPitch Lab Series will be accepted until May 13, 2022.
Prizes worth SGD 70,000 for winners
A total of 24 awards in two major categories – Student and Young Open – will be awarded at NYFA 2022.
NYFA will select 60 films for honors, which also include Best Screenplay and Best Editing. Animation, live or documentary entries will be received from participants under the age of 35.
A cash prize of SGD 1,000 will be awarded to each winner. The total estimated prize is SGD 70,000. Prizes will also include those from Mocha Chai, SONY and Cathay Photo labs, among others.
The deadline for submission ends May 13, 2022.
How NYFA is changing the film landscape in Singapore
NYFA was founded in 2015 by *SCAPE, a non-profit organization working for the development of Singaporean youth.
In a statement, Ivy Lim, Executive Director of *SCAPE, said: “Over the past seven editions of NYFA, we have successfully unearthed many emerging talents, many of whom have gone on to achieve greater things in their film careers. .”
“Last year, our NYFA Film Facilitation Program (FFP) achieved great success in helping emerging filmmakers produce their own original short films which have since been selected at major film festivals around the world, such as Locarno, Fantasia and Toronto After Dark. These positive results are a testament to our ongoing commitment and efforts to support young people in their pursuit of excellence,” added Lim.
According to the organization, NYFA has supported more than 3,000 young people and received more than 1,800 short films in the Student and Open Youth categories to date.
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