Filmwallas-Screenwriters Association (Singapore) discover interesting local screenplay content through a contest

Three scripts declared winners by a 3-member jury.

SINGAPORE –24 NOV 2017 –In May this year, the Screenwriters Association (Singapore) (SAS), in conjunction with Singapore-based collaborative fimmaking platform Filmwallas, presented The Singapore Short List 2017, a screenwriting competition for aspiring local screenwriters.

The contest has resulted in the selection of 3 scripts: “Areola Borealis” by Wee Li Lin, “Heart’s Cry” by Nicholas Chan, and “The Break In” by Edwin Choy.

The jury consisted of Filmwallas founder and CEO, Zafar Anjum, SAS Vice-President Olivia Loh-Ing and SAS Secretary and screenwriter, Derek Judge.

The 3 shortlisted scripts will be included in the The Singapore Short List anthology to be pubished next year.

The Challenge of exploring ‘Race’ as a theme

The theme of the competition was “Race” and was open to any interpretation by the writers’ imagination. Some submissions revolved around competition and contest, such as The Heart’s Cry by Nicholas Chan, currently a student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His submission is a tale about a determined runner, with something to prove, and his enduring preparation to win a race.

Writer Nicholas Chan

Other submissions chose to explore the issues of different racial groups. Another winning screenplay, The Break In by Edwin Choy, depicts the narrative of how a Chinese business owner and a Malay security guard settled their petty differences and bonded over their marriage woes. This is not Edwin’s first work on exploring social issues in his work, as his films often resonate with similar themes.

Filmmaker Edwin Choy

The winning submissions also included that of Wee Li Lin, one of the pioneer female filmmakers of Singapore, who took a comedic approach in her winning screen play Areola Borealis, which tells the story of an uptight mother who ties to upstage her daughter’s untraditional wedding only to have her own plans undermined by a broken bra.

Filmmaker Wee Li Lin

The call for entries for The Singapore Short List will be announced again next year, and SAS looks forward to gathering a few good scripts to publish a hard-copy anthology with Kitaab International Pte Ltd, Singapore.