In Brief: Student film-makers highlight social issues

Student film-makers highlight social issues

A touching 16-minute clip made by three Lasalle College of the Arts students got the film's director Leroy Lim, 24, noticed by a movie production company.

Singapore-headquartered regional firm mm2 Entertainment said last week that it would work with him to support his first feature film. No other details are yet available.

The film, titled I Believe, made by Mr Lim and his schoolmates Nikko Koh, 22, and Dhinesh Ravichandran, 25, depicted the frustration of a church cell-group leader with a newcomer - an autistic young man - inspired by Mr Lim's personal experience.

It was among 20 short films produced for 20/20 - The Temasek Short Film Project, commissioned by investment company Temasek.

A platform which supports aspiring film-makers and highlights issues faced by beneficiaries of Temasek's non-profit philanthropic organisations, and supported community programmes, the project gave student groups up to $20,000 each to tell stories inspired by real-life case studies and experiences.

Other groups came from institutions such as the School of the Arts, Nanyang Technological University and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Since the films were uploaded in May and June, they were collectively viewed more than a million times.

Watch them at http://bit.ly/2cGhux6


Little 'superheroes' raise funds for BT BAF

About 800 preschoolers, 200 beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), and their families turned superheroes-in- training last Saturday.

At the Our Little Superheroes Day Out -Doing Something Good event at Resorts World Sentosa, the young "heroes" honed their fitness and skills through activities such as taking on bouncy castles, shooting games and telematches.

Three- to five-year-olds from MapleBear Singapore, the preschool chain which sponsored the event, as well as youth from performing arts school Kids Performing, also put up short acts.

Organised by The Rice Company to mark Children's Day, event proceeds and received donations went to the BT BAF. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe