The ultimate short film competition is back. Plan, shoot, edit, and submit the best 3-minute short film in teams: All you have is fewer than 55 hours the moment this year’s theme is revealed. Up to S$10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the Aputure LS-1s.

Competition is open to all pre-university and tertiary institution students. If you’re a passionate student filmmaker looking for a challenge, this is the competition for you.

Sign-up Fees

nuSTUDIOS Members: $30 per team
Early Bird (ends 23 Feb 2018!): $40 per team
Standard: $60 per team

All sign-up fee payments are to be made in-person on registration day, 16 March 2018.


16 Mar 2018 (Fri)

Registration Day and Theme Reveal

Venue: The Meeting Point @ JTC Launchpad, 73B Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139966

Gather all your crew members to register and pay sign-up fees. After a briefing, this year’s competition theme will be revealed — and we’re off!

18 Mar 2018 (Sun)

Shoot and Submit

Over the weekend, plan, shoot, and edit your film of 3 minutes or shorter based on this year’s revealed theme!

Submit your completed short film online by Sunday midnight. An online submission link will be provided to all teams.

26—30 Mar 2018

Audience Choice Voting

While our jurors deliberate the best films, audiences can vote for their favourites online. Here, teams stand a chance to win in a separate Audience Choice category.

A photo album will be uploaded to the nuSTUDIOS Facebook page, containing film stills with video links to each team’s corresponding entry. When voting ends, the team with the most Facebook Likes wins Audience Choice, and will be awarded during the Finale award ceremony.

Equipment Rental Discounts

31 Mar 2018 (Sat)

Screening and Awards Ceremony

Venue: Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium @ National University of Singapore (NUS) UTown, 8 College Avenue West, Level 2, Education Resource Centre, Singapore 138608

Keep your fingers crossed for the Point & Shoot Finale — a screening of the Top Ten shorts (as decided by our jury) and an awards ceremony awaits. Refreshments will be provided!

*Doors open at 6.30PM.


by J Rental Centre (JRC)

Need equipment? JRC is providing rental discounts:

  • 15% discounts for 1-day rentals
  • 25% discounts for 2-day rentals

Simply book your equipment as per usual at www.jrc.sg and indicate p&s15 or p&s25 respectively for the discount to be applied, with free delivery to the venue!

Exclusive Workshops

by Blackmagic Design

Want to up your technical game? Blackmagic Design is holding free workshops exclusively for Point & Shoot participants. Sign-up links included with your team’s confirmation e-mail.

Limited slots to the following workshops are available:

DaVinci Resolve 14 Workshop

24 Feb 2018 (Sat), 10.00AM – 5.00PM
Learn about: Editing | Colour Grading

Blackmagic Design Camera Workshop

3 Mar 2018 (Sat), 10.00AM – 5.00PM
Learn about: Understanding Professional Codecs and Dynamic Range | Practical shoots with URSA Mini and Pocket Cinema Camera | Editing and Grading with DaVinci Resolve

Lucky Draw

by Cathay Photo

Feeling lucky? Cathay Photo will hold a Lucky Draw for all participants. One winner will be announced during the Finale awards ceremony. Sign-up and stand to win:

  • Manfrotto TwistGrip Universal Smartphone Clamp (worth S$78)
  • Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod (worth S$40)



  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (worth $1425)
  • DaVinci Resolve Studio Set for each team member (worth $429 each)
  • Aputure Lightstorm (worth $695)
  • Zoom H6 Handy Recorder (worth $500)
  • Manfrotto vouchers (worth $300)
  • Digi-Cabi AD-060N (worth $198)
  • Mocha Chai Studio tour and workshop


Each special mention team is awarded:

  • Blackmagic Design Video Assist (worth $705)
  • 2 Sets of DaVinci Resolve Studio (worth $429 each)
  • Zoom H1n Handy Recorder (worth $180)


  • Aputure Amaran Tri-8C (worth $498)
  • Digi-Cabi AD-060N (worth $198)
  • Manfrotto vouchers (worth $300)


DON ARAVIND — Director

Don Aravind started experimenting with the video camera since the age of 14 where he was tasked to shoot school events. This interest pushed him to pursue a formal training in both traditional and digital filmmaking. In 2006, his short film titled “UNCALLED” received a special mention at the NOKIA RESFest10 Handheld Cinema Competition. In 2009, his short film “SAKKARANGAL” was a prize winner at the Winton Train International Film Competition in Prague and was subsequently screened at the BRNO16 International Film Festival.

In 2013, his film “REN SHAO” won best short at the ASEAN International Film Festival. The film had subsequently traveled to many other festivals in various countries.

Don has worked on more than 25 short films as a screenwriter and director. He currently directs for television and commercial content while still contributing to independent film. His television credits includes Singapore’s first English daily long form drama Tanglin.

SANIF OLEK — Director

A graduate of Film & Media Studies from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) and Media & Communications at Murdoch University (Perth, Australia), Sanif Olek is one of the most accomplished and versatile television and film director from Singapore. Since 1996 Sanif received multiple ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Drama Series’, ‘Best Magazine Series’ awards for his television work. He is the head consultant at reeljuice, a collaborative creative agency actively promoting effective storytelling as means to enlighten the human condition.

His film work have won prizes internationally and been showcased at festivals and arts institutions at museums, ie the MoMA New York, Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore.

His debut feature film, Sayang Disayang, received the Special Jury Prize for Best Asian Film at the SalaMindanaw Asian Film Festival (November 2013, Philippines) and subsequently represented Singapore at the 2015 Academy Awards/Oscars (Best Foreign Language Film). His 2nd feature film, Voluptas, world premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival (November 2015).

DERRICK LOO — Cinematographer

Previously trained as an economist, Derrick Loo made a major shift in his focus upon graduation, to pursue his passion in filmmaking and cinematography. His early endeavors include writing, directing and shooting his own short films.

Over time, it became clear that his strongest passion lies in cinematography. His ability to create meaningful visuals and aesthetics in his films has led to a number of successful collaborations with other award winning Singaporean filmmakers. With a good eye for details, Derrick has, over the years, lensed a huge variety of projects, including feature films, TV spots, documentary, short narrative projects, MTVs, corporate projects etc, thus developed a unique versatility and established his reputation as a competent cinematographer. In 2009, Derrick was nominated Best Cinematographer in the 5th Asian Festival of First Films. And in 2015, he was nominated and won Best Cinematography (Long Form) at the Apollo Award.



Artistic Merit

Does the film effectively convey interesting ideas using the year’s theme as a starting point?


Technical Merit

Does the film skilfully make use of camera, sound, and editing techniques?


Adherence to Theme

Is the year’s theme carefully woven into the film, instead of an overly-direct approach?



Does the film feel unique when held up against other entries?


Get some inspiration from last year’s winners, where teams responded to 2017’s theme, Bloom.

烟话 (Smoking Secrets)
Point & Shoot 2017 Best Film

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue
Point & Shoot 2017 Special Mention

Point & Shoot 2017 Audience Choice


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nuSTUDIOS Film Productions

Since its inception in 2000, nuSTUDIOS Film Productions has served as a community for filmmaking enthusiasts in the National University of Singapore (NUS). The student film production house has produced numerous short films, with their finest participating in local and international film festivals. The group seeks to foster a culture of filmmaking and film appreciation amongst youth, programming screenings and filmmaking competitions for a wider audience. Offering training programmes and mentorships, nuSTUDIOS caters to all levels of filmmaking experience. All students with a passion for cinema are welcome to join its ranks.


J Rental Centre

Find & rent the cheapest, closest camera gear and studios from over 50 professionals all over Singapore. J Rental Centre aims to empower students and small productions by providing affordable rentals and professional advice through our islandwide network. Skip the queues, spare your pocket & collect gear even when all the shops are closed! Find out more at www.jrc.sg today!


Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design is one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology, driven by a refreshing and simple philosophy – to help true creativity blossom.

A company dedicated to quality and stability and focusing on where it’s needed most; Blackmagic Design has created some of the most talked about products in the industry. World famous for their unbeatable codecs, Blackmagic Design envisions truly affordable high-end quality editing workstations built upon Blackmagic software and hardware.

“Blackmagic Design is dedicated to allowing the highest quality video to be affordable to everyone, so the post production and television industry can become a truly creative industry.”

— Grant Petty (CEO, Blackmagic Design)


Aputure Imaging Industries

Aputure was founded by a team of inspired filmmakers and videographers who wanted to create high quality content, but struggled with steep cost of equipment needed to do so. Determined to create professional-grade equipment at an affordable price, they started Aputure: the first company to provide truly affordable and professional cinema equipment with the quality and functions needed to fully realize any creative vision.

Today, Aputure sells globally with offices in the US, Europe and Asia. It is one of the fastest growing cinema technology companies, designing and specializing in lighting and high-end camera accessories including but not limited to: LED Lights, Field Monitors, Microphones and Follow Focus Systems.

As a part of the creative community, Aputure continues to develop for the ever-expanding needs of budding artists and professionals alike. Each member of the A-team has felt the burning desire to bring a creative vision to life at all costs. We’re here to keep that fire alive.

Cathay Photo

Cathay Photo has been sharing its passion with the nation for over 50 years as the go-to store for consumer and professionals alike when it comes to photography and video equipment. As a distributor for premium brands including Manfrotto, Steadicam, Zacuto, Kessler Crane and many more, our products are of the highest quality, and guaranteed to inspire you. We stay on top of the newest product launches and trends, which allows us to bring in brands and products that you really want.

City Music Singapore

City Music has a passion for excellence and commitment to offer high quality musical instruments at a great value. We’ve been around for 50 years and proud to be the official distributor of Martin guitar, Zoom, KORG, VOX, Samson, Hartke and many more. Here at City Music we are confident to take on the enviable challenges of continued growth in more years to come.

Mocha Chai Laboratories

Established in 2013, Mocha Chai Laboratories is the premier go-to digital film lab that first brought Digital Cinema Packages-related services to the Singapore media industry. Always at the cutting-edge, MCL offers a Dolby Atmos-certified dubbing stage, DCI-compliant cinema projector colour grading, true HDR monitoring and mastering services all in a one-stop shop. Some notable projects that we have embarked on include Pop Aye (2017), Lucky Boy (2017), In Time to Come (2016), and HBO Asia Original SENT (2017).


Established in 2004, Digihub Singapore Pte Ltd specializes in dry cabinets.

In a humid environment, Digihub’s dry cabinets are the best solution to ensure proper care and storage of your equipment. Proper storage extends their lifespan and minimizes the need for replacement, which saves more for our consumers in the long-run.

Our dry cabinets are suitable for storage of the following: audio-visual and photography equipment, laboratory equipment, data and hardware, musical instruments, leather products, and more.


NUS Centre For the Arts

Established in 1993, NUS Centre For the Arts (CFA) is a vibrant space for the appreciation of the arts and nurturing of the creative and inquiring spirit. We support student engagement with the arts and the integration of the arts into the life of the University.

We comprise the NUS Museum, NUS Baba House and a Talent and Development arm that oversees 22 student arts excellence groups. Through our myriad of programmes, practices, exhibitions, workshops and outreach, such as NUS Arts Festival and the ExxonMobil Campus Concerts, we enrich the university experience and contribute to the building of knowledge and transformation of students.

We also manage facilities such as the University Cultural Centre, with its 1600-seat Hall and 450-seat Theatre, and rehearsal spaces in Runme Shaw CFA Studios and University Town.

For more information, visit cfa.nus.edu.sg.

Join Friends of CFA, our complimentary membership programme that brings the arts and people together for enjoyment and learning. Find out more at cfa.nus.edu.sg/about-us/membership.