Singaporean actors and shows in the running for New York awards

The Singapore finalists include (clockwise from top left) Qi Yuwu, Frederick Lee, Lim Kay Tong and Imam Shah.
The Singapore finalists include (clockwise from top left) Qi Yuwu, Frederick Lee, Lim Kay Tong and Imam Shah.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO, FREDERICK LEE, ST FILE

NEW YORK - Four out of six of the finalists for the best actor category at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards this year are from Singapore shows.

Founded in 2005, the annual festival celebrates and promotes independent small-screen productions, web series, and television.

The Singapore finalists, announced on Wednesday (June 9), include Qi Yuwu as a time-travelling Ming Dynasty guard in A Quest To Heal, Frederick Lee as a serial killer in Mind's Eye, Lim Kay Tong as a mute in science-fiction telemovie Raksasa and Imam Shah in Suria's martial arts miniseries Saga 2.0, in which he played a fighter.

They are up against Hong Kong's Lai Yiu-cheung (Death By Zero) and Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta (Aqui En La Tierra).

Singaporean actress Udaya Soundari is up against five other actresses from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Britain and Argentina for her role in Vasantham's Arivaan, a crime thriller web series.

A number of local productions also made the list of finalists in categories such as documentaries, movies and direction. These include Mediacorp's current affairs programme Tuesday Report on Channel 8, as well as Threesixzero Productions' Food In Our Time documentary and three shows from August Pictures, including crime thriller Mind's Eye.

Four short films from Temasek Polytechnic also made the cut for Best Student Film.

According to the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards website, entries for this year's awards were judged online and screened by its grand jury of more than 200 producers, directors, writers and other creative media professionals from around the world.

Winners will be announced on Oct 12 in Las Vegas.