ciNE65 was launched in July 2011 by Nexus and it is a short film competition for film enthusiasts to share their Singapore story.
Following the success of its predecessor, ciNE65 II was launched in February 2013 with the theme, “I’ll Be There For You, Singapore” and the public were invited to share their take on the theme through a 3-minute film. The aim of ciNE65 II is to strengthen the emotional connection of Singaporeans to Singapore through film and apart from that, it also serves as a unique platform to recognise and nurture film-making talents, thereby contributing towards the development of the local short film scene.

This year, there was a record bumper crop of 166 film entries that were submitted and this was double that of the inaugural run in 2011, which received 72 entries. The second season of the short film competition, ciNE65 II, concluded yesterday evening at Golden Village [Grand] with the unveiling of a new batch of winners.

For the Open Category, short film “Priceless” won the “Overall Best Film” and “Best Screenplay”. As for the Student Category, short film “Going Away” won the “Overall Best Film”. Both teams walked away with the grand prize of an overseas learning trip to a regional film festival in addition to cash prizes and Panasonic cameras.

Short Film “Priceless”

Short Film “Going Away”

Short film “Honey.” won the Favourite Film award, which was determined by public voting.

The Inter-School Challenge Trophy, a new award this season, went to Temasek Polytechnic, which submitted the highest number of quality entries in the Student Category.

13 other awards were also presented for Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Favourite Actor and Favourite Actress.

In his speech at the Awards Ceremony, Guest-of-Honour, Senior Minister of State for Defence, Mr Chan Chun Sing, said that he was heartened by the response to the competition as it showed that people cared and wanted to contribute. Expressing his views on this season’s entries, Mr Chan said, “Many of the ciNE65 clips relate to me personally and deeply. They revolved around themes such as family, friends, care for fellow Singaporeans, commitment to Singapore’s defence and love for this place called home. Some brought back long-forgotten memories for me, some touched my heart and some made me laugh. The quality of films submitted was impressive. They reflected the deep thought and effort that participants put into making their films. More importantly, they have engaged us at the level where it matters – the heart.”

A photo of Mr Chan Chun Sing with the team from Temasek Polytechnic that produced and won the Overall Best Film Award [Student Category] for the short film entitled “Going Away”

[Credits to ciNE65 for the Image]

Personally, we like the short film entitled, “Saga Seed” because the story plot is really heartwarming and touching. Furthermore, the actors really portrayed their character really well and the music complements the overall theme of the short film. Truly, the short film, “Saga Seed” deserves to be the winner for the “Best Art Direction”.

Well, what about you? What are your thoughts about the short film and which one do you personally like the most? 

To view the rest of the winning videos, you can visit ciNE65’s Official Website or the ciNE65 YouTube channel

For more information on ciNE65 II, you can also “like” ciNE65’s Facebook Page too! Last but not the least, do stay tuned to our blog as we will be giving away 5 pairs of Golden Village Movie Tickets to catch your favourite movies. In order to prepare you for our Golden Village Movie Tickets Giveaway, do check out the winning videos on ciNE65’s Official Website as we will be running a contest about it soon! Cheers!


Melvin is an Entrepreneur, Life Coach, and Chinese Metaphysics Practitioner. He holds an EMBA and he is a passionate and engaging teacher, known for his unique combination of science, research, and spirituality.


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