Free film screenings to open ciNE65's inaugural festival in June

Jermayne Ong

29 May 2019

SINGAPORE - When Mr Eugene Voo's grandfather died, he inherited a treasured collection of film cameras, more than 50 lens filters and multiple rolls of undeveloped film.

SINGAPORE - When Mr Eugene Voo's grandfather died, he inherited a treasured collection of film cameras, more than 50 lens filters and multiple rolls of undeveloped film.

The 21-year-old was told the rolls of film likely contained his grandfather's shots of Singapore in the Sixties to Eighties. But the rolls were severely degraded and could no longer be developed. The shots and the stories they tell, just like the time periods they captured, will forever remain a mystery to him.

Mr Voo shared his story with six friends and it was to inspire a three-minute film:My Homeland, which has been nominated for the Audience Choice Awards - Favourite Film Category at this year's ciNE65's short film competition.

It is among seven short films nominated for the award and all will be screened at the inaugural ciNE65 Festival 2019 from 5th to 9th June 2019, said Mr Psalm Lew, 42, director of community engagement at Nexus on Tuesday (May 28).

Nexus, a Defence Ministry's department responsible for total defence and national education, launched the biennial competition in 2011 to harness short films to capture the Singaporean identity.

The theme for this year's films is Singapura, in line with the Singapore Bicentennial.

The group of film-makers for My Homeland are fresh graduates of Temasek Polytechnic who had done its Digital Film and Television course.

Imagining they would, the film follows a young man who returns to Singapore from his overseas ventures on hearing that his grandfather is dying. They use the same film camera to shoot photographs that depict their ideas - invariably different- of what Singapore means to them.

The young man embodies the younger generation of Singaporeans, Mr Tan said. He had gone overseas in search of greener pastures but on returning home and seeing his grandfather's photographs of him, he was reminded of the people he had left behind.

"We forget what rooted us in our own country" Mr Tan told The Straits Times on Tuesday.

*The Following is an excerpt from the Straitst Times article, full article can be found here: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/free-film-screenings-to-open-cine65s-inaugural-festival-in-june