Short films for a good cause by Singapore filmmakers | The A List
If you are looking for something to spice up your online video stream, try 15 Shorts, an anthology of films by Singapore filmmakers such as Eric Khoo, Kirsten Tan and Kelvin Tong. The films spotlight stories of lesser-known everyday Singapore heroes from the 1970s to the 1990s, as well as a range of social causes.
The film series is a collaboration between the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, local film company Blue3Asia and 15 local filmmakers. It aims to tap the power of film to spur philanthropy and encourage the public to carry on the spirit of giving. The 15 short films, released over three years, are all available online here. These are the last five of the 15 films to be released:
Majid The Legend
Directed by YouTube personality Tan Jian Hao, this film is based on the story of legendary football coach Choo Seng Quee. Choo groomed sports talents such as footballer Majid Ariff, who in turn inspired the next generation of Singapore footballers, including Fandi Ahmad. The film is in support of SportCares, which helps the vulnerable gain confidence in life through sports.
The vision of veteran Singapore architect Tan Cheng Siong – to create buildings that encourage community bonding, comes to life in this film. Shot by Kirsten Tan, the film traces the journey of the iconic Pearl Bank Apartments, from Tan’s brain child as a vertical kampung to its last days, when it was sold to a property redeveloper. The film champions the work of the Singapore Heritage Society, which advocates for Singapore’s history and culture.
The Brown Dog
This film, co-directed by Eric Khoo and Jerrold Chong, tells the story of an abandoned puppy who meets an animal lover. It is based on the true story of Cathy Strong, a co-founder of the animal shelter, Animal Lovers League.
Under The Same Pink Sky
Support for breast cancer patients and survivors lies at the heart of this short film by Gladys Ng. The film centres on the unexpected friendship struck between two women because of breast cancer. The film is made in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation.
A helpline for primary school pupils connects a lonely latchkey child, Ravi, to a hotline counsellor. The film, by Kelvin Tong, draws inspiration from the volunteers who run Tinkle Friend, a national toll-free helpline for primary school-aged children. The film is dedicated to the Singapore Children’s Society, which protects children and youth in need.
(Credits for stills: Tan Jian Hao, Kirsten Tan, Tan Wei Ting, Eric Khoo, Jerrold Chong, Kelvin Tong and Gladys Ng)