Canon has launched its second FilmFIVE Festival, a nationwide filmmaking competition which seeks to nurture young aspiring filmmakers from educational institutions and empower them to express their creativity through films and photography. In partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) this year, the FilmFIVE Festival will run from 27 April to 20 September 2019.
“The inaugural FilmFIVE Festival in 2018 saw 44 teams work on producing their own films. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback and hence have decided to bring it back this year on a greater scale, with more workshops, more brand partners and we hope to see more teams participating this year,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Canon is proud to provide a platform where youth can hone their creative filmmaking skills for a good cause.”
“We are glad to be part of the Canon FilmFIVE Festival 2019. At NCPG, we absolutely believe that youths can make a positive impact on a wide range of issues. We are looking forward to hearing from their unique perspectives as young filmmakers which we hope to help amplify to the wider community,” said Nicholas Aaron Khoo, Chairman of the NCPG Youth Sub-Committee.
The theme for this year will be any word that begins with ‘Re’. Inspired by Canon’s new line of full-frame mirrorless cameras – the EOS R and EOS RP – where the R stands for ‘Reimagine’, participants will create their short film according to their interpretation of the theme. There will be two categories, secondary school and open youth for participants below the age of 30.
To equip youths with basic knowledge of filmmaking leading up to the closing of entries, there will be a complimentary three-day filmmaking boot camp workshop held at the end of June. Led by Canon Imaging Academy (CIA), participants will have a chance to shoot with Canon’s cameras and other production equipment supported by brand partners1. They can also loan Canon’s new full-frame mirrorless cameras to do their actual shoot after the boot camp. Additionally, in collaboration with local polytechnics, there will be five complimentary workshops conducted covering various topics of filmmaking across different polytechnics.
Entries submission will close in mid-September and judging will commence in October. A gala screening of the nominees’ films and the announcement of winners will take place in November. Winning entries for this competition will stand a chance to have their short films commissioned by NCPG.
Interested participants can register their interest and get more information about the workshops and competition details via https://filmfive.com.sg/.