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Asia-Europe Short Films Contest

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1 February 2012 - 18 May 2012 Asia-Europe Foundation Communications Department ASEF 15th Anniversary Culture


On the occasion of the 15 Anniversary Asia-Europe Foundation invited young film professionals, students and enthusiasts to take part in the Asia-Europe Short Film Contest expressing their views on Asia-Europe connections. 

Short, up to 3 min films of any type - animation, documentary, fiction, mobile phone video – to reflect Asia and Europe’s connections of the future, the diversity and the interesting challenges, interactions of two regions, cultural differences or individual relationships.

Submitions were accepted until 9 April 2012. The five winners selected by an international jury and online public voting will be flown to Singapore to take part in the Award Ceremony and will receive a 2-day filmmaking workshop at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia. SGD 5000 will be awarded for the ASEM prize winner.

Check out the Contest page:


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  • Glimpses into our filmmaking workshop

    Published on 02 Jul 2012

    The five winners of the Asia-Europe Short Films Contest share their exciting experience after taking part in a two-day international filmmaking workshop at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia and receiving their trophies at the recent award ceremony in Singapore.

    Watch the video below!

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  • Five awardees of the Asia-Europe Short Films Contest, Mr Pedro Resende from Portugal, Ms Ibtisem Ben Nassib from Malaysia, Mr Lorenzo Ciani from Italy, Mr Riyanto Lesmana and Mr David Saputro Sugianto from Indonesia participated in the international filmmaking workshop at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia (17-18 May 2012). This workshop was part of their winning prize.

    During this two-day hands-on programme, these young filmmakers learnt to write film scripts, directed scenes, worked with actors, developed editing skills and got familiar with tips on camera and lighting.

    One of the most stimulating experiences for them was shooting their directed scenes with the 35mm camera. “I have never shot in 35mm before that is why it was an interesting and impressive experience,” shared Pedro Resende, whose short film won the ASEM prize of SGD 5,000. Ibtisem Nassib seconded him saying, “When I was directing it was a whole new experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. I usually take a simple camera and play around with it. This workshop gave me a new perspective on the dynamics of images, how to frame them and to put in an emotional key which attracts your audience’ interest.”

    All awardees received their trophies from Mr Goh Chok Tong, the Former Prime Minister and currently the Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore. The Award Ceremony took place on 17 May 2012 commemorating the ASEF’s 15th Anniversary. “The ceremony was the most exciting moment during my stay in Singapore – beautiful venue of the National Library Singapore, interesting high profile people and receiving the award on stage from the Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong,” said Riyanto Lesmana.

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  • Mr Pedro Miguel Resende from Portugal, Ms Ibtisem Ben Nassib from Malaysia, Mr Lorenzo Ciani from Iraly, Mr Riyanto Lesmana and Mr David Saputro Sugianto from Indonesia.

    They are the five winners of the Asia-Europe Short Films Contest 2012. Their entries were selected from among the 100 short films submitted by young filmmakers from about 30 Asian and European countries. The selection was done by an international jury panel which includes Mr Michel Burke, Chair of the Department of Graduate Film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Mr Daniel Yun, founder and CEO of “Homerun Asia”, a Singapore-based movie company, and Ms Natacha Devillers, producer of film company Les Petites Lumières. One of the five awardees was selected by audience vote. This voting was done online through ASEF social media channels.

    The Asia-Europe Short Films Contest award ceremony will be held at the National Library, Singapore on Thursday 17 May 2012. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will present the awards to the winners.

    ASEF and NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia would like to thank all young filmmakers and their supporters who participated in this contest. Congratulations to the winners!

    To see the profiles of the winners and their short films click here



  • National Library Board
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia
Funded by the European Union
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