Encouraging the nation to share their observations, perceptions and insights of the new normal through the lens of the camera, the award ceremony of the “My Singapore New Norm” microfilm competition, co-organised by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) and Lianhe Zaobao, was held on July 2 at 7.30pm at the SCCC. Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, officiated the award ceremony as the Guest of Honour. The evening ceremony was also simulcast live on the official website of the SFCCA, giving the public the opportunity to view the award ceremony live.
This is the fourth year that the organisers have joined hands to organise a microfilm competition with the theme “My Singapore New Norm”. 122 entries were submitted, reaching a record high, with 12 of them winning awards in the open, student and individual categories. Six of the microfilm entries were presented in dialects and Punjabi language.
In his speech, Dr. Zhou Zhaocheng, Chairman of the Youth Committee of the SFCCA and Co-Chairman of the “My Singapore New Norm” microfilm competition, said, “The theme of ‘The New Norm’ is to help people create or discover heart-warming stories to inject warmth into the society during these difficult times. I believe that in the process of making them, the participants have gained different insights about Singapore and the new normal.”
This year’s competition also saw two categories of “double winners”. The Gold Award in the Open Category went to “Worry from Home”, directed by Michael Chua, and the male lead, Christopher Yong, won the Best Actor Award for his superb performance. The Gold Award in the Student Category was awarded to “See The Colours Of The Sky” by Estella Zhang Qiming, whose work also won the Gold Award for “Most Popular Micro Film”.
The Singapore Online Video Award, which was open to public nominations, went to the music short film “The Caifan Song”. The song’s humorous lyrics and urban content attracted many people to watch it online. In terms of individual awards, Leo Ching Ling won the Best Director Award for “Go Home”, and the film “More than a metre” won the Most Creative Award.
List of Winners
Gold Award: Worried from Home
Silver Award: Father
Bronze Award: Stillness Between Tides
Gold Award: See The Colours Of The Sky
Silver Award: When Covid Strikes
Bronze Award: He Lan
Most Creative Award
More than a metre
Best Actor Award
Christopher Yeo – Worried from Home
Best Director Award
Li Jia – Go Home
Most Popular Micro Film
Gold Award: See The Colours of The Sky
Silver Award: Mynah & The Twin Sisters
Bronze Award: My Singapore New Norm
Singapore Online Video Award Nominee
The Caifan Song / Annette Lee & Benjamin Kheng
The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) also hosted a long service award ceremony in the afternoon at the Creative Box on the 6th floor. Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, was also the Guest of Honour at the ceremony. The award was established to recognise the dedication and commitment of the members of the SFCCA. A total of 16 members of the SFCCA received the Long Service Award.
The award winners are: Perng Peck Seng (35 years), Tan Hin Teng (25 years), Tan Tock Han (21 years), Lee Peng Shu (19 years), Lee Wee Chung Charlie (17 years), Teh Kwi Huat (15 years), Zhong Sheng Jian (11 years), Phua Kiah Mai Francis (11 years), Pek Ee Perh Thomas (11 years), Wan Shung Ming (11 years), Zhou Zhaocheng (11 years), Kua Bak Lim (11 years), Du Zhi Qiang Tony (11 years), Chua Kee Teang (11 years), Chua Seng Chong (11 years), and Hong Poh Hin (10 years). Three of the award-winning board members, namely Mr. Tan Tock Han, Mr. Zhong Sheng Jian, and Mr. Hong Poh Hin, were absent from the award ceremony.