Awards & Prizes

OPEN Category

  • Gold:S$5000 Cash + Trophy
  • Silver:S$3000 Cash + Trophy
  • Bronze:S$2000 Cash + Trophy

STUDENT Category

  • Gold:S$4000 Cash + Trophy
  • Silver:S$2000 Cash + Trophy
  • Bronze:S$1000 Cash + Trophy

OVERSEAS Category*

  • S$3000 Cash + Trophy

*Prize/s will be awarded based on the quality of entries submitted and no prize/s will be awarded if there is no suitable entry. In the event of any dispute regarding the results, the decision of the evaluation committee shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

Special Awards

  • Most Creative Micro Film :S$3000 Cash + Trophy
  • Best Director :S$3000 Cash + Trophy
  • Best Actor/ Actress :S$2000 Cash + Trophy

Popularity Awards

  • Most Popular Micro Film - Gold :S$2000 Cash + Trophy
  • Most Popular Micro Film - Silver :S$1000 Cash + Trophy
  • Most Popular Micro Film - Bronze :S$500 Cash + Trophy

The Most Popular Micro Film prizes are awarded to entries that receive the highest online votes. Winners may be from the same category.

Singapore Online Video of the Year

Submit your nomination now for the "Singapore Online Video of the Year" award!

Nominate any online video which best represents Singapore. The producer/production company of the selected short film will receive an S$800 cash prize. Should your nomination become the award winner, you will have the chance to win a cash prize of S$200 too. Both Nominators and Nominees will be invited to attend the Microfilm Competition Award Ceremony.

  • The nominated video must contain Singapore related theme/s and must have been published on an online platform. Multiple nominations by an individual are accepted. The publication date of the video has to be from 1st Jan 2021 to 30th March 2022. The deadline for nomination is 6th April 2022.
  • Should there be 2 or more nominators for the award-winning video, the prize will be allocated via a randomised lucky draw to only ONE (1) of the nominators.
  • The Organisers, in their sole discretion, may prohibit or disqualify any nomination deemed inappropriate. The Organisers also reserve the right to refuse to screen a video.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to make the final determination as to which films are eligible for the Competition. Neither the identities of the adjudicators nor their decisions will be disclosed to the competitors and/or the public, nor are said decisions and/or the identities of the said adjudicators open to questioning, objections, appeals from you and/or the public. All decisions made are deemed final and conclusive.
Award Ceremony

Winners' list shall be announced on zaobao.com. Winners will be invited to attend the award ceremony in May 2022.

OPEN Category

  • Gold:S$5000 Cash + Trophy
  • Silver:S$3000 Cash + Trophy
  • Bronze:S$2000 Cash + Trophy

STUDENT Category

  • Gold:S$4000 Cash + Trophy
  • Silver:S$2000 Cash + Trophy
  • Bronze:S$1000 Cash + Trophy

OVERSEAS Category*

  • S$3000 Cash + Trophy

*Prize/s will be awarded based on the quality of entries submitted and no prize/s will be awarded if there is no suitable entry. In the event of any dispute regarding the results, the decision of the evaluation committee shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

Special Awards

  • Most Creative Micro Film :S$3000 Cash + Trophy
  • Best Director :S$3000 Cash + Trophy
  • Best Actor/ Actress :S$2000 Cash + Trophy

Popularity Awards

  • Most Popular Micro Film - Gold :S$2000 Cash + Trophy
  • Most Popular Micro Film - Silver :S$1000 Cash + Trophy
  • Most Popular Micro Film - Bronze :S$500 Cash + Trophy

The Most Popular Micro Film prizes are awarded to entries that receive the highest online votes. Winners may be from the same category.

Singapore Online Video of the Year

Submit your nomination now for the "Singapore Online Video of the Year" award!

Nominate any online video which best represents Singapore. The producer/production company of the selected short film will receive an S$800 cash prize. Should your nomination become the award winner, you will have the chance to win a cash prize of S$200 too. Both Nominators and Nominees will be invited to attend the Microfilm Competition Award Ceremony.

  • The nominated video must contain Singapore related theme/s and must have been published on an online platform. Multiple nominations by an individual are accepted. The publication date of the video has to be from 1st Jan 2021 to 30th March 2022. The deadline for nomination is 6th April 2022.
  • Should there be 2 or more nominators for the award-winning video, the prize will be allocated via a randomised lucky draw to only ONE (1) of the nominators.
  • The Organisers, in their sole discretion, may prohibit or disqualify any nomination deemed inappropriate. The Organisers also reserve the right to refuse to screen a video.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to make the final determination as to which films are eligible for the Competition. Neither the identities of the adjudicators nor their decisions will be disclosed to the competitors and/or the public, nor are said decisions and/or the identities of the said adjudicators open to questioning, objections, appeals from you and/or the public. All decisions made are deemed final and conclusive.
Award Ceremony

Winners' list shall be announced on zaobao.com. Winners will be invited to attend the award ceremony in May 2022.

Judges

Preliminary Round

Tay Ping Hui
Renowned Singaporean actor and director

A household name in Singapore, Tay Ping Hui has more than 50 acting credits to his name spanning an illustrious 20-year career with celebrated local dramas like C.L.I.F. (2011), Unriddle 2 (2012), and Crescendo (2015). Ping Hui also made inroads into China in recent years, receiving critical praises for his portrayal of iconic characters in China Productions like The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2017), Brave Heart 2 (2018), Handsome Siblings (2019) and Heroes (2020).

Other than being a multiple Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor award winner, Ping Hui was also awarded the "All-Time Favorite Artiste" at the prestigious Star Awards. In addition to his work in front of the camera, he is also known for his singing prowess, and has also recorded numerous songs for productions and regularly performed live at annual countdown shows and concerts.

In addition to his works in front of the camera, Ping Hui has also shown his talent behind the camera, having directed many short films and made his feature directorial debut with the film "Meet the Giant".

Rebecca Leow
Scriptwriter/Children’s Book Author

Best known for her warmth in writing, Singapore-based Rebecca Leow has been crafting memorable characters in the last 30 over years. With notable interest in female protagonists, her style is mainly inspirational, light-hearted, seeking to capture a slice of realism and always thought-provoking. Having written and plotted more than 70 drama serials, from different genres including sitcoms, long-form dramas, children's dramas, web series, and English dramas, among them are award-winning ‘Pillow Talks’, ‘The Dream Makers 1 & 2’, and New York Film Festival Finalists ‘Our Hotel’ and ‘Pawn of Love’.

She has written 8 movies and 5 telemovies. Some of the works include ‘I Not Stupid 2’, ‘The Wedding Diary 1 & 2’, ‘Filial Party’, ‘Young & Fabulous’. Among them, ‘Paper Moon’ has won 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Best Movie Script and Excellence Movie Awards.

Her portfolio includes over 60 children's books, 2 of which are included in the Primary Six Higher Chinese and Normal Chinese textbooks. Her books have won the National Book Award and the 2020 Popular Readers' Choice Book Award. She was invited to be a lecturer in the screenwriting course organized by JTeam and was also a judge in the 2005 National Scriptwriting Competitions organized by IMDA.

Eva Tang
Filmmaker

Eva Tang loves literature and films. Her prose was unanimously awarded First Prize for Hong Kong’s most esteemed Chinese Literature Award when she was an undergraduate at the University of Hong Kong. She later earned an MA in Fiction Directing at the prestigious National Film and Television School (UK). Her student film While You Sleep (2002) was the first short film by a Singaporean filmmaker to be selected in the Venice Film Festival. Eva was selected for the 2009 Berlinale Talents, 2010 Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy and Torino FilmLab. The Songs We Sang (2015) is her debut feature documentary, hailed by the local media and audience as one of the best films of the year, it has set a new box office record for independent documentary.

Eternality Tan
Vice-Chairman, Singapore Film Society

Eternality is the Vice-Chairman and Programming Director of the Singapore Film Society, where he organises film festivals and screenings year-round. He is also the Managing Director of The Filmic Eye which focuses on film education, and an Adjunct Lecturer of film studies at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information and Nanyang Polytechnic. ET also started writing film reviews in 2007, and has built up a wide local and international reach with more than 2,200 reviews published on his website (eternalitytan.com), which won Best Individual Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards.

E-Von Yeung
Editor of The Straits Times Video

With over 15 years’ of experience in digital video journalism, E-von has led visual projects both editorial and commercial across multimedia platforms, and worked with video creators in Singapore and from bureaus around the world.

She leads the Video team for The Straits Times and English/Malay/Tamil Media group publications (The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu) to create visual stories spanning current affairs, news, entertainment and lifestyle.

She is also the Editor and Executive Producer for The Straits Times’ flagship daily news live show ‘The Big Story’, which airs on weekdays on digital platforms, among other live video initiatives.

Starting out as a multimedia journalist at Straits Times Online in 2006, she became a producer-presenter for live shows from 2008 at RazorTV, and later, Deputy Director. From 2018, she has been the Editor of a creative and motivated video team at The Straits Times.

She loves visual storytelling and is still learning new things every day - about people, digital media, and the world we live in.

Remi M Sali
Director and Writer

Remi M Sali has more than 20 years of experience creating long and short works, ranging from music videos to movie features. He is known for pushing boundaries when creating content with strong local flavour.

Pre-millennium, he passionately contributed to the budding Singapore film scene together with his long-time collaborator Dzul Sungit. Their short film ‘Eddy’ was Special Jury Prize co-winner at the Singapore International Film Festival 1994. They proceeded to win the Best Director Award for their short film ‘INfluence’ a year later. In 1998, they made their first feature movie ‘OffCentre’, an adaptation of the acclaimed play from one of Singapore's most successful theatre companies, The Necessary Stage.

Remi was an award-winning trailer producer with Singapore's national broadcaster before he returned to his first love: directing. Effectively bilingual in English and Malay, he has directed popular dramas, telemovies, info-ed programmes and art series for local television. He is currently learning Mandarin, which he regards as an exciting personal challenge.

Remi's fervour for telling inclusive stories of race, language and religion resonates in his latest independent films - ‘Konpaku’ (2019) and ‘Not My Mother's Baking’ (2020). He is currently working on two feature films. One is ‘Chimalindinsin’, about an Indian, a Malay and a Chinese ghost catchers who are out to catch an elusive mythical spirit in Singapore. Another is ‘DKSG’, about a group of Chinese-Christian choir boys who join the national Malay Dikir Barat competition.

Final Round

Foo Tee Tuan
Director, Centre for Chinese Studies, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Associate Professor Foo Tee Tuan, PhD (Ohio University, 2004) is the Director of Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) at Singapore University of Social Sciences (CCS@SUSS). He is also the director and one of the curators for Singapore Chinese Film Festival. Before joining SUSS, he served at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan). Over the years, he taught courses in television production, visual communication, global media, and Asian cinema.

Thomas Lim
Head of Sun Entertainment Culture Los Angeles/Filmmaker

Thomas Lim was born and raised in Singapore. During his early years, he directed, wrote, and produced “Roulette City” and “Sea of Mirrors.” Both films were made on a shoestring budget and achieved successful commercial and theatrical releases while garnering immense press coverage in Macau (where it was made) and neighboring regions.

Thomas is now Head of Sun Entertainment Culture Los Angeles. Sun Entertainment Culture is a prominent Hong Kong company and has produced commercially successful films such as “SPL 2,” “Paradox,” and “Operation Mekong.”

In Hollywood, Sun Entertainment financed “Palm Springs” (starring Andy Samberg), which was sold for the record sale at Sundance Film Festival 2020 and was recently nominated at the Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Picture. Sun Entertainment also financed “The Starling” (starring Melissa McCarthy) which was sold to Netflix for USD$20m, and “Cowboys” which won Best Script and Best Actor at Tribeca Film Festival 2020.

Thomas has traveled to 30 countries before turning 30. He has also lived in London, Beijing, Tokyo, Shanghai, Macau, Hong Kong, and LA for the past 20 years.

Chong Keat Aun
Director and Screenplay

Born in Malaysia in 1978, Keat Aun is now a director, screenwriter, performing artist and radio broadcaster. In 2017, his first short film “Cemetery of Courtesy” was shortlisted for the 22nd Busan Film Festival. In 2020, his first feature film “The Story of Southern Islet” won Best New Director at the 57th Golden Horse Awards, the FIPRESCI Prize, the NETPAC Award, the Observation Missions for Asian Cinema Award, Best New Director and Top 10 Best Feature Film of The Year at the 12th China Youth Film Annual Ceremony.

His latest project “Snow In Midsummer” received the CNC Cash Award at the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion 2020.

Judging Criteria

Judging criteria for the 3 main categories (Open, Student, and Overseas*) are as follows:
  • Theme expression - 25%
  • Creativity - 25%
  • Narrative structure - 25%
  • Production quality - 25%
Criterias for other awards
Award Criteria
Best Director Only one Best Director Award will be awarded in “My Singapore New Norm” Micro Film Competition. Judging criteria is as follows:
  • Language usage
  • Actor(s) performance
  • Overall style
Best Actor/ Actress Only one Best Actor/ Actress Award will be awarded. Judging criteria is as follows:
  • Language usage
  • Physical performance
  • Overall performance
Most Creative Micro Film Only one Most Creative Micro Film award will be awarded, and it will be based on the jury members’ decisions.
Most Popular Micro Film Most Popular Micro Film (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be awarded to 3 entries that receive the highest votes online.
*Overseas Category Prize/s will be awarded based on the quality of entries submitted and no prize/s will be awarded if there is no suitable entry. In the event of any dispute regarding the results, the decision of the evaluation committee shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
Singapore Online
Video of the Year
Singapore Online Video of the Year: Video Producer (S$800 Cash), Nominator (S$200 Cash)
  • The nominated video must contain Singapore related theme/s and must have been published on an online platform. Multiple nominations by an individual are accepted. The publication date of the video has to be from 1st Jan 2021 to 30th March 2022. The deadline for nomination is 6th April 2022.
  • Should there be 2 or more nominators for the award-winning video, the prize will be allocated via a randomised lucky draw to only ONE (1) of the nominators.
  • The Organisers, in their sole discretion, may prohibit or disqualify any nomination deemed inappropriate. The Organisers also reserve the right to refuse to screen a video.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to make the final determination as to which films are eligible for the Competition. Neither the identities of the adjudicators nor their decisions will be disclosed to the competitors and/or the public, nor are said decisions and/or the identities of the said adjudicators open to questioning, objections, appeals from you and/or the public. All decisions made are deemed final and conclusive.
Judging criteria for the 3 main categories (Open, Student, and Overseas*) are as follows:
  • Theme expression - 25%
  • Creativity - 25%
  • Narrative structure - 25%
  • Production quality - 25%
Criterias for other awards
Award Criteria
Best Director Only one Best Director Award will be awarded in “My Singapore New Norm” Micro Film Competition. Judging criteria is as follows:
  • Language usage
  • Actor(s) performance
  • Overall style
Best Actor/ Actress Only one Best Actor/ Actress Award will be awarded. Judging criteria is as follows:
  • Language usage
  • Physical performance
  • Overall performance
Most Creative
Micro Film
Only one Most Creative Micro Film award will be awarded, and it will be based on the jury members’ decisions.
Most Popular
Micro Film
Most Popular Micro Film (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be awarded to 3 entries that receive the highest votes online.
*Overseas Category Prize/s will be awarded based on the quality of entries submitted and no prize/s will be awarded if there is no suitable entry. In the event of any dispute regarding the results, the decision of the evaluation committee shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
Singapore Online
Video of the Year
Singapore Online Video of the Year: Video Producer (S$800 Cash), Nominator (S$200 Cash)
  • The nominated video must contain Singapore related theme/s and must have been published on an online platform. Multiple nominations by an individual are accepted. The publication date of the video has to be from 1st Jan 2021 to 30th March 2022. The deadline for nomination is 6th April 2022.
  • Should there be 2 or more nominators for the award-winning video, the prize will be allocated via a randomised lucky draw to only ONE (1) of the nominators.
  • The Organisers, in their sole discretion, may prohibit or disqualify any nomination deemed inappropriate. The Organisers also reserve the right to refuse to screen a video.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to make the final determination as to which films are eligible for the Competition. Neither the identities of the adjudicators nor their decisions will be disclosed to the competitors and/or the public, nor are said decisions and/or the identities of the said adjudicators open to questioning, objections, appeals from you and/or the public. All decisions made are deemed final and conclusive.