Singapore, Nov 27, 2014 – It was showtime for the filmmakers who made a final bid for the top prize in Yahoo Fast Flicks, at the grand finale on Friday, November 14. The awards night, held at the Great World City’s Golden Village, was the culmination of Yahoo Singapore’s inaugural made-for-web video competition, which opened a month ago. Closing at 127 entries, this was an intensely fought competition, which pitted amateur filmmakers against professionals, levelling the platform with the theme YOLO (You Only Live Once, in non-millennial speak).
Hosted by radio/TV personality and freelance filmmaker Divian Nair, the event brought together established members of the filmmaking fraternity with some of the best new talent on the block. The jury, which comprised award-winning filmmaker and chief executive officer of Zhao Wei Films / Gorylah Pictures Eric Khoo, Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) director Zhang Wenjie, and CEO of Infinite Studios & SGIFF Chairman Mike Wiluan, had a tough decision to make at the event, choosing the top five films from a shortlist of 11. The final five filmmakers were then invited on stage where they pitched their ideas to the judges and fielded questions from them.
At the end of the evening, “Forbidden Love”, a film by Terence Lee, a Trailer Producer, emerged as the winning Fast Flick, taking the first prize in the competition. This standout video captured the theme YOLO with a story about forbidden love, told through the burning time of one cigarette. Reliving his Fast Flicks journey, Terence said, “It’s been a dream come true. I want to thank the jury for loving our film and Yahoo, for providing young, aspiring filmmakers this platform to showcase their work.” He walked away with a grand prize of S$15,000, a Nikon DSLR D810 camera and a AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens worth over S$5,000 from Nikon.
“Rain”, by Tiffany Zhang was the First Runner-Up. This animation film was about embracing the littlest things in life. The Second Runner-Up position went to Vicki Yang and Chris Yeo for “Your Order is Nearly Complete”, a film about making some unexpected choices. The runners-up were awarded S$5,000 and S$3,000 in cash prizes respectively & a Nikon COOLPIX P600 camera each.
“The response to Yahoo Fast Flicks has been very encouraging and an eye opener on how much young audiences love the short film format. These outstanding films with their unique interpretations of YOLO have also showcased the incredible raw talent we have in Singapore. Every day at Yahoo we bring the best video experiences to our users, and Fast Flicks has just raised the bar,” said Jeffrey Oon, Yahoo’s Head of Audience for Singapore and Malaysia.
Alan Lim, Area Vice President of Singapore Airlines said, “We are happy to be able to contribute to the communities we serve, and through this meaningful partnership with Yahoo Fast Flicks, we were able to reach out to flimmakers to promote innovation and creativity through the arts community and the youth. The YOLO theme truly celebrates the way people live their lives today – whether it’s in the way they travel or experience the world.”
“We believe the theme of the contest took the contestants as far as their imagination could carry them. We look forward to seeing more from these filmmakers. For the winner who takes home the new Nikon DSLR D810, loved by photographers the world over, we hope he can continue to enjoy the process of creating films as much as we enjoy watching them,” said Jonathan Ang, Deputy General Manager, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd.
Yahoo Fast Flicks, which was open for entries from October 7 to 28, asked participants to submit a high-definition, two-minute original video in a genre of their choice ‒ opening up the competition to anyone with an idea and imagination.
Besides their awards, each winner will also receive one ticket to attend SGIFF’s Opening Gala, Silver Screen Awards and Closing Gala held in December & a one Gallon Tin Popcorn from Garrett Popcorn. Their videos will be hosted on SGIFF's online properties, and showcased at The Substation 2015's First Take event.
Official Sponsors for this contest included Subway, with Nikon as the Equipment Sponsor.
The program was also supported by: Viddsee, The Substation, Moving Images, Garrett Popcorn Shops® along with F&B partner Preparazzi, Venue partner Golden Village and Wine partner The Singapore Straits Wine Company.
View the top 11 Fast Flicks here: http://fastflicks.yahoo.com/tagged/finalists
Terence Lee won the Grand Prize for "Forbidden Love", which was the judges' unanimous choice. He received a Nikon D810, an AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens, S$15,000 and a trophy.
First Runner-Up Tiffany Tan created a wonderful animation in the style of her idol Hayao Miyazaki titled "Rain", and walked away with a COOLPIX P600, S$5,000 and a trophy.
"Your Order Is Almost Complete" made Vicki Yang the Second Runner-Up, and earned her a COOLPIX P600, S$3,000 and a trophy.
View the videos here - Haunting Depiction of Forbidden Relationship Wins Top Prize at Yahoo Fast Flicks
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