From June 2015 to June 2016, 20 teams of aspiring young filmmakers from across eight schools in Singapore were given an opportunity to kick-start their film careers through the 20/20 Temasek Short Film Project. The initiative, commissioned by Temasek Holdings, aimed to nurture the next generation of local Singaporean filmmakers and attract passionate young talent to conceptualise, script and direct short films about real-life stories drawn from the work of the non-profit philanthropic organisations funded by Temasek Trust, the philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings.
The students were guided and mentored by seven established Singaporean filmmakers including Cannes-regular Boo Jun Feng, Boris Boo, Chai Yee Wei, Lee Thean Jean, Sanif Olek, Wee Li Lin and Vividthree Productions, who worked with the participants on their stories contributing through their wealth of experience from a diverse range of film types. The student films covered a broad variety of genres and focused on social topics ranging from ageing, mental health, learning disabilities, friendship, family relationships, and the pursuit of one’s dreams.
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About the 20/20 Project
The 20/20 project was facilitated by mm2 Entertainment – producer and distributor of movies and content in Asia with notable films like ‘Ah Boys to Men’ series, 1965, and many others. mm2 simulated the process and experience of real-life filmmaking, including talent selection, script development, budget management, actual filming and post-production management. The 20 teams – from LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic – were picked after a rigorous pitching process with a panel of judges comprising select project mentors and industry experts. To watch the 20 films please visit: https://www.project20twenty.sg
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The campaign reached a Facebook audience of over 3.5 million people, garnered more than 960,000 views on Facebook and YouTube, and attracted close to 60,000 visits to the project’s microsite. Four films were released each week, over the course of five weeks and viewers got to cast votes for their favourite short films, generating more than 6,700 votes from the public in the process.