A total of 56 films have been nominated for *SCAPE National Youth Film Awards 2021 (NYFA). Among the 330 film submissions this year, the most prominent themes were about mental health, self-discovery, and the importance of human connection amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some of the nominated films were also filmed during the Circuit Breaker to show how Singaporeans are powering through the unforeseen challenges posed.
Covid-19 did not deter youths from their creativity and passion for filmmaking
“Even though the youths faced an uphill battle to complete their films during these uncertain times, the 330 NYFA 2021 submissions proved otherwise. As a youth organisation, we are proud of our youths who demonstrated resilience in pursuing their passion despite the limitations presented,” said Ivy Lim, Executive Director of *SCAPE.
The pre-selection jurors shared similar sentiments, with many highlighting how this year’s submissions included films that are award-worthy.
A pre-selection juror of the Open Youth category, Jaclyn Chan, remarked that she was very impressed with the diversity and quality of the submissions – from the acting to the scripts and the production values.
The nominations were shorts I connected with on a very visceral level. There were times where I was so drawn into a film that I forgot I was watching it as a juror.Jacyln Chan
Next stop – NYFA Awards 2021
The winners will be announced during a live online award ceremony on 24 July 2021. But just before that, NYFA will be hosting a closed-door screening of the nominated films for the nominees and media in early July.
In the meantime, the public can catch some of the nominees on Reel Talk, a NYFA web series hosted by Fly Entertainment artiste, Nikki Muller, on *SCAPE YouTube channel (@scapesg) on 14, 17 and 21 July.
For a complete list of NYFA 2021 nominees in each category, do head on over to *SCAPE’s website.
There’s still time to view the five genre short films that NYFA alumni have produced under The Film Facilitation Programme. Screened exclusively at The Projector Plus: Movie on Demand, be sure to rent them for upcoming movie nights!