There was a time when news headlines focused on Singapore's growth as a nation. On bread-and-butter issues; a time when we strove hard and persevered as a people. A time when Singaporeans earned labels of being hardworking, conscientious, and law-abiding, almost to a fault. Is there more to uncover beyond the headlines? What may we learn about ourselves?
Fifteen Singapore filmmakers come together in a ground-up effort to a show a lesser-told side of Singaporeans from the 1970s to the 1990s. Through 15 Shorts, a collaboration between the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and Blue3Asia, the 15 film directors will provide an alternative perspective to the nation-building narratives of the era.
Watch these slice-of-life stories, as they unveil how this giving side has always been a part of us as humans.
In the spirit of giving, each director will further dedicate his or her film to a charity in Singapore.
LETTERS FROM OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Director, Blue3 Asia
"After our SG50 celebration, we strongly recognise there are still stories of Singaporeans that are not told. Especially during our nation building years when the main narrative was about surviving the odds.
The genesis of 15 Shorts is about telling these less-told stories. Using the medium of short films, and having someone as renowned as Eric, to come together with the young, the newcomers and the online creators. I took it as a personal challenge to convince 15 diverse local directors to come on board. Thank you for agreeing. Thank you, NVPC, for helping make this project happen. And thank you to my Assistant Producer and production house AMOK, Raymus and Caleb, for uncovering some of the most inspiring stories hidden in our archives."
"We tell stories so that we may remember who we are and what it means for the generations to come.
The stories of the 15 Shorts are a humble but deeply passionate attempt of a diverse intersection of filmmakers, cause champions, donors and community makers to delve into history and highlight ordinary citizens who exemplify what is and has always been true about the Singapore spirit; a spirit of determination, courage, kindness and sense of common cause despite the often divisive politics of race, class and creed.
The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre exists to champion a culture of giving and enables citizens, businesses and community organisations to thrive in collaboration for a greater good. As partners and co-creators, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with some of Singapore's finest creatives as they dedicate their passion and craft to uplift these hidden stories and champion the causes they reveal and represent.
Society will change when our best talents are put to the greatest good.
We hope you will be moved by the spirit behind these stories and make them part of your personal journey."
National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) is a non-profit organisation promoting a giving culture in Singapore through catalysing development in volunteerism and philanthropy to build a City of Good.
We facilitate partnerships with non-profits, companies, public sector bodies and individuals to enliven the giving ecosystem within Singapore.
Blue3Asia is founded by Daniel Yun, in partnership with Gushcloud to produce topical and narrative content for both traditional and online platforms across Asia.
Blue3Asia forges initiatives to start film and philanthropy collaborations to advance the cause of bringing transformative change to the awareness of human potential beyond the limits of their environments.
A HEARTFELT THANKS TO OUR DONORS
Quantedge Foundation is a philanthropic foundation that aims to deliver impactful solutions to social issues and challenges, by focusing on areas where we can achieve the largest amount of social good per dollar spent.
Quantedge Foundation served as Executive Producer for the films "Guilty", "Plague", "Shanti", "T(h)ree Lives" and "Sister".
Our films were made possible with the generous support of:
Eu Yan Sang International Ltd
Our Singapore Fund
Ang Kian Seng
Annie Lee Wee Lian
Cheot Xiu Qin Julia
Hah Lee Hui Christina
Wee Liong Tek
Lin Wei Liang
Ong King Howe