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HSFC 2016 - Short-Film Making: Extension

What Selected teams are now busy making their short films for the competition The theme is now “POPULAR MASS CULTURE” This includes both print and broadcast media from cinema, newspaper, television, magazine, music, literature, photography, radio, and other relevant mediums too. Email us at for queries, and the official submission forms
When 1 May 2016 (Sunday) - 15 July 2016 (Friday)
Where Golden Village Suntec City
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-373 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983 (East Atrium, next to Tower 4, Level 3)


Teams are given until 15 July 2016 to submit their short films.


If you have a suitable, and recently-made, film that you would like to submit for our competition, write to us as well. 


HSFC 2016


Dear aspiring filmmakers,


The Singapore Film Society is proud to announce the 3rd Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition (HSFC) 2016!  And YOU are who we are looking for!


Launching from January 2016, the mission & objective of the HSFC is to unearth and recognize filmmaking talents who will approach our rich and vibrant Singapore Heritage with a fresh and exciting look. The HSFC aims to present the unique heritage of our young nation, told through the eyes of our budding filmmakers.  We cordially invite all filmmakers to submit their work through our Open Call.


Due to increasing popular demand to participate, for HSFC2016, we have decided to have both an OPEN category and a STUDENT category. In other words, anyone can now participate regardless of age and whether you are a student, a working adult, or a retired senior citizen. The short film competition is open to all who are interested to explore and document Singapore’s heritage on film.

This is an Open Call for proposal submission.  We will collate the proposals submitted, and worked out the successful entries that will proceed to shoot their short films.  After the award ceremony in August, there will be a travelling showcase of the HSFC finalists’ films to various public venues and places of heritage in Singapore to showcase the short films.



In 2016, our theme for the competition will be “POPULAR MASS CULTURE” This includes both print and broadcast media from cinema, newspaper, television, magazine, music, literature, photography, radio, and other relevant mediums too. Similar to the previous two editions of HSFC, our competition has two stages. Send us your written proposals first for consideration, and we shall inform the selected teams before you proceed to go ahead with making the films. We also accept completed film entries that are produced within 2015 – 2016 if it is relevant to the theme. 

For the final film submission, kindly submit DVDs in either MPEG 4 or Quicktime file format. The film should also be uploaded to youtube or vimeo, for easier access to viewing by the judges.  Films may be in any language. However, non-English dialogue films must be subtitled in English.




As per the previous editions, we will be convening a group of independent panelists to help us select the finalists and winners.  Judging criteria is as follows:


-  Thematic relevance

- Originality on approach to topic

- Quality and depth of research on topic

- Technical competency, relating to editing, audio video presentation of the completed film



There will be cash and sponsored prizes awaiting the top winners of the competition.

For HSFC2015, we gave away top cash prizes of SGD1500 for the winner, SGD1000 for runner up, and SGD500 for the 2nd runner up. We also gave away Adobe Cloud packages for the Best Technical Achievement Award and the winning team, as well as AV8 training vouchers to all the finalists.



There are no entry fees, but all postage fees for film submissions shall be borne by the filmmakers.



It is the responsibility of the filmmakers to ensure that all approvals and permissions for use of materials within the film (music, archived materials, etc) have been obtained before submission.



The final selection of all films is up to the discretion of the Organizer.  Only selected entrants will be officially notified.  Should your film be accepted, HSFC will request additional information, together with the submitted short film, for press and publicity.  A soft copy press kit must accompany all selected films.  The press kit must include print-quality digital promotional photographs, team members’ biography, and production notes.


Deadline to Receive the Final Completed Films is 30th June 2016


Submission packages must be postage pre-paid and include the following:

  1. The completed official application form

2.  Group Members’ CV and

3.  Copies of previous short-films made (if applicable)


Please send entries to
Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition 2016

C/O Singapore Film Society

@ Golden Village
3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-373 Suntec City Mall

Singapore 038983


Contact details

Tel 90170160


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Best regards,

Chew Keng Kiat

Project Manager


On behalf of Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition 2016