National Youth Film Awards partners SGIFF for its 9th edition; winners will enter festival’s Official Selection

6 NYFA winners from this year will visit regional film festivals to attend screenings and panel discussions with industry experts.

Kelly Chin

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Published: 5 April 2023, 3:04 PM

The National Youth Film Awards (NYFA), organised by *SCAPE, returns for its 9th year and is open for film submission from Tuesday (Apr 4). 

This year, NYFA partnered with Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) to offer direct green lane selection access to the festival. Winners of the Best Short Film for both the Student and Open Youth categories will be awarded direct entries into SGIFF’s Official Selection.

Additionally, all NYFA 2023 winners will receive an Industry Pass to the 34th annual SGIFF, allowing them free admission to the festival’s events and screenings as well as exposure to a wider audience.

The 9th edition of NYFA also offers a more extensive programme that includes NYFA Exchange, NYFA Film, NYFA Lab, NYFA Mentorship, NYFA Ceremony, and NYFA Party. Such initiatives are said to help “nurture the future generation of young filmmakers” through various opportunities for learning, networking and skill showcasing.

NYFA Exchange is a first-of-its-kind opportunity that will allow six NYFA 2023 winners to embark on a journey to regional film festivals. This is aimed at encouraging new perspectives through curated talks and meetings with overseas industry professionals.

NYFA will also launch a pilot of its screenplay development programme, NYFA Script Lab. The programme aims to help aspiring filmmakers develop their short film ideas into screenplays for production through a combination of lectures, critique sessions and workshops led by three seasoned industry mentors.


Participants will learn the fundamentals of visual storytelling and how to craft dialogue and characters for the screen through NYFA Lab. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/SCAPE


Additionally, NYFA Script Lab acts as a platform to promote participation in and submissions to the Film Facilitation Programme (FFP). The FFP offers funding and assistance to Singaporean filmmakers in order to help them realize their ideas. 

The 2023 NYFA Ceremony will present 20 awards in the Student and Open Youth categories. An estimated S$70,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the winners, including cash awards of $1,000 apiece and gifts from SONY, Cathay Photo and Mocha Chai Laboratories.


Dirty Laundry, a film about female empowerment was awarded Best Live Action Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director under the Student category in the 8th NYFA. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/SCAPE


Last year’s NYFA saw 25 winners crowned across the student and open youth categories. Of the 13 awards in the student category, three were clinched by a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Art Design and Media team for their film Dirty Laundry, making it the most awarded film of that year. 

To wrap up this year’s NYFA Ceremony, the film community can also expect a Bloc Party celebration for further networking opportunities.

For the student category, participants must be students 35 years old and below (born in 1988 and after) and currently enrolled in full-time education in Singapore, or graduates (between May 1, 2022 and May 13, 2023) who produced their films while enrolled as a full-time student.

To qualify for the open youth category, participants must be Singaporean or a permanent resident (PR) 35 years old and below (born in 1988 and after) during the time of submission, or youths who are 35 years old and below and residing in Singapore with a valid long-term pass during time of submission.

Submissions for the 9th NYFA will close on May 22. More information on submission guidelines can be found on *SCAPE’s NYFA website.

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