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First ever Across Asia Youth Film Festival celebrates talent of young filmmakers

The Across Asia Youth Film Festival (AAYFF) hosted at Tanglin was a celebration of creativity, storytelling, technical ability and innovation, through independent filmmaking. The festival was established to help emerging filmmakers (aged 10-21 years) from schools across Asia, reach the broadest possible audience and generate international dialogue.

"The AAYFF was amazing. It brought together so many people from different countries around Asia …. This not only showcased our work and gave us a sense of accomplishment, but it also allowed us to learn from each other and draw inspiration for future projects." Liah Gomez, Tayo

There was an incredible response of 274 submissions from 50 different schools from 13 countries across Asia, including Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and as far away as Iran. Shortlisted films were showcased to the public and judges to view and vote for at a Gala Screening on 24 March 2017, which was simultaneously “live streamed” across Asia.

This red carpet event featured a panel of expert judges from Disney, MediaCorp and HBO, and was a platform for young filmmakers of today to tell their story and to reveal their talents.

This year’s selection featured a mix of both documentary, narrative and experimental short films with winners awarded in the following categories:

Best in 10-12 Age Group Category

Project Freedom by Nathan McKeogh

Best in 13-15 Age Group Category

Jianbing in Beijing by Tony Huang and Team

Best in 16--18 Age Group Category

Tayo by Myles Rublee

Best in 19-21 Age Group Category

The Hunt by Mai Nguyen and Miyako Makio

Best Documentary

Jianbing in Beijing by Tony Huang and Team

Best Animation

The Hunt by Mai Nguyen and Miyako Makio

Best Experimental

You’re Worth it by Mathilda Khoo

Best Drama

Tayo by Myles Rublee

Bets Music Video

Breathless by Tamsin Al-Awa.

Best Short Short

Flamingo Girl by Rosa Kang

Special Achievement

Ava by Jeremiah Hosana & Grace Ho

Best AAYFF Film

Tayo by Myles Rublee

"Being the young filmmakers that we are, it is often difficult to find events that allow us to showcase our work to a large audience. However, thanks to the AAYFF, we were able to be acknowledged for our craft as well as witness a live panel composed of judges well-versed in the film industry.” Sophia De Dios, Tayo

The winning films showcased creative thinking, dynamic communication and collaborative working. As Tom Batchelor, GM - Disney Studios, said: “From the broad range of entries, there’s little doubt that the creative talent pool across Asia is incredibly deep and that this region continues to produce filmmakers with strong voices, displaying beautiful artistry, telling sophisticated, meaningful and inspirational stories and presenting them with high technical ability and mind-blowing creativity.”

Steve Burton, Executive Vice President, HBO Asia, added: “The quality of the entries was truly amazing. With the enthusiasm and professionalism of these young filmmakers, the future of Asian film looks very bright. We are already looking forward to next year’s event”.

"It has been a humbling and rewarding experience to have our film showcased to an even wider audience and to have this powerful story told. To be a part of a talented and diverse group of young filmmakers who are all learning the craft and finding their artistic identity is very exciting.” Myles Rublee, Tayo

Film at Tanglin Trust School

Tanglin Trust School is a great place to study film! Students are introduced to filmmaking as early as the Junior School, where they are given the opportunity to make short films whilst exploring production roles. By the end of Juniors the students have been introduced to film grammar and have a growing awareness of how to use industry standard production methods.

In Film and Media Technology in the Senior School, students learn how to read audio-visual media and to produce their own. 

Film Studies and Media Studies are creative subjects that are reliant upon technology and we encourage our students to explore and utilise the wealth of media creation tools available to them. The school has fantastically resourced film studio spaces where students can plan and film their practical assignments. New state of the art post-production facilities include a sound design room, a colour grading suite and a forty-seat screening room.

Film Studies is taught at GCSE, A Level and IB with many of the students choosing to study film at university. There are also numerous curriculum enrichment opportunities available to help students develop their practical production skills.

We were very proud to host the inaugural Across Asia Youth Film Festival!