NOTICE

Hi all! Due to the recent Novel Coronavirus outbreak, Point and Shoot 2020 will be postponed till 14 August 2020!

 

‘Til then, stay happy & healthy our fellow budding filmmakers! (Hint: This gives you more time to hone your skills and think of better stories to tell ;))

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POINT & SHOOT 2020

Organised by nuSTUDIOS Film Productions, POINT & SHOOT is the only wholly student-run student film competition in Singapore, and it’s back for its 4th year! Students get to undertake a “guerilla-styled” filmmaking challenge, where they must plan, shoot, edit, and submit the best short film in less than 55 hours upon the release of a given theme.

First conceived in 2012 as a short film competition amongst only the NUS community, it has since then opened its reach all youths of Singapore, thus providing a brand new avenue for any young filmmaking enthusiasts to express themselves. Over the years, following a cessation of outstanding entries, POINT & SHOOT has expanded in its scope, and we are anticipating even bigger, better, bolder works of art.

Open to all tertiary institutions, junior colleges and secondary schools.

Point and Shoot 2020 is part of the NUS Arts Festival 2020: Ways of Seeingand organised by nuSTUDIOS Film Productions, NUS’ only film production house. 

Registration fees: $60 per team

Promotions: Early Bird registration (TBC): $40 per team

Payment to be made in person on registration day (TBC).
For any enquiries, please contact enquiries@nustudios.org.

 

Event Timeline

14 August 2020

Registration Day and Theme Reveal

5PM – Registration & Theme Release

Venue: UTown Auditorium 3, NUS

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

16 August 2020

Shoot and Submit

11.59PM – Submission Deadline

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, 11.59PM. An online submission link will be provided to all teams.

17 – 21 August 2020

Audience Choice Voting

While our jurors deliberate on 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

22 August 2020

Screening and Awards Ceremony

7.30pm – Awards & Screening

Venue: UTown Auditorium 3, NUS

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.

Jury

Jasmine Ng

a filmmaker who tells stories across platforms – from film to television, to theatre and site-specific installations (Moveable FeastEating AirSHIRKERS, Lonely Planet Six Degrees, FUTURE FEED, Our Town, In The Silence of Your Heart).

She first contributed to the local independent cinema scene with her involvement in several milestone works, including her work as editor of Eric Khoo’s 12 Storeys (Cannes-Un Certain Regard) and on Moveable Feast, (co-directed/produced, Clermont-Ferrand, Museum of Modern Art-New York), and with Eating Air, also co-directed with Kelvin Tong, that broke new ground for Singapore and made its mark on the international film festival circuit (Rotterdam IFF VPRO Tigers Competition, FIPRESCI Special Critics Mention, SFC Young Cinema Award).

Juan Foo

Juan produced Singapore’s first digital film, Return To Pontianak (1999), first HD-feature Dirty Laundry (2001) and indie-cult film Perth (2005). His film journey began in script reading and distribution for a film finance company then freelancing in editing and production. Graduating from film school and holding qualifications in creative producing and creative entrepreneurship, Juan also trained in traditional cel animation and worked briefly in Japanese anime.

As a producer, Juan developed and raised project funds up to S$1M. His instinct and work in story development led to script option offers by a Hollywood studio. In the 2000s, Juan was one of the first few Asian filmmakers to workshop projects in European labs like Produire-Au-Sud. He was associate producer for other indie-Singapore films such as Road Less Travelled (1997), Talking Cock The Movie (2002), and Unarmed Combat (2005). His current film venture is Singapore’s first creature movie Circle Line (2020).

 Eysham Ali

a writer by choice, a director in self-defence and a storyteller by necessity. He sees his job as a storyteller is to deconstruct life — and then reconstruct it back onto cinema.

Having graduated from  Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a diploma in Film, Sound & Video, the filmmaker continued to pursue his passion in film at Chapman University, attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Producing, and even graduated from Asian Film Academy, the  afterwards. He has written and directed Trapped Minds (2016), 3.50 (2013), and other short films such as A Better Life (2015), a portrait documentary.

The content creator for various media companies and production houses in Singapore has clinched his fair share of awards at various film festivals. For instance, he presented Builders at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival, as well as Thieves at the 16th Busan International Film Festival.

Nikki Loke

With a passion for making real-life stories, Nikki Loke has directed & produced short documentaries overseas during her curriculum in Media and Communication Studies. She went on to work on several projects at Beach House Pictures, Asia’s independent production company specialising in factual, entertainment and children’s content. Nikki now manages content programming at Viddsee and works closely with filmmakers & festival curators in showcasing awesome short films to a global community. She also works with local organisers in running Viddsee Juree Awards, an initiative celebrating the entertainment industry’s picks of Asian short films. This offline initiative is part of the commitment to empower and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.

Judging Criteria

Artistic Merit (40%)

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

Technical Merit (30%)

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

Adherence to Theme (20%)

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

Inventiveness (10%)

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

Submission Details

Deadline

Please send in your film by 23 59 of 16 August 2020.

Please be reminded that:

  • No copyright infringement is allowed.
  • Necessary licenses have to be bought for music, effects, etc if used.
  • All footage have to be original footage created and/or filmed during the span of the competition. No stock footage may be used.
  • Only short narrative, documentary and animation films no longer than 3 minutes (including opening and ending credits) are accepted for submission.
  • Films containing non-English dialogue and/or narration must include English subtitles.

Submission Format

Container: .MOV (Quicktime/Mac) or .MP4

Codec: H.264

Minimum Resolution: 720p (1280 x 720)

Screen Grab: Aspect ratio 16:9 (.JPG)

Time Limit: 3 minutes including open titles and credits

Minimum Bitrate: 8mbps

Required Collaterals

  • A public YouTube link to your film
  • A Google Drive or OneDrive link to your film
  • A minimum 1280p x 720p screen grab (.JPG) of your film also attached within either the Google Drive or OneDrive link. The screen grab should have an aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • Names of director and producer, along with a brief synopsis of no more than 50 words.

PAST WINNERS

Get some inspiration from 2019’s winners, where teams responded to last year’s theme, Balance.

Foreign Object

(BEST FILM)

Pengganti (Replacement)

(BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY)

imbalance

(SPECIAL MENTION)

Conjoined

(AUDIENCE CHOICE)

ORGANISED BY

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.

SPONSORS

To be revealed…

Presented By

 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.

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