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New online SGFilm Channel launched on YouTube

Zafar Anjum | Feb. 20, 2013
Channel to extend reach of Singapore films locally and internationally

The Singapore Film Commission announced today the launch of a new online SGFilm Channel (www.youtube.com/sgfilmchannel).

In a statement, the film promotion body said that local and international audiences can now watch Singapore short films online as part of "Watch Local" on this channel hosted on YouTube.

The "Watch Local" is an initiative started in 2012 by the Singapore Film Commission (SFC) to drive local appreciation and support of Singapore films.

According to the Commission, the channel will also show trailers of upcoming feature films by local film directors, in addition to short films - films of duration below 30 minutes.

The launch of SGFilm Channel follows from the success of the inaugural "Watch Local" initiative which started off as a two-month pilot run from October to December. This joint industry partnership to nurture homegrown demand for local films saw more than one million viewers enjoying 28 Singapore films over multiple platforms including free-to-air TV channels and at partner venues.

Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film has been appointed to manage and create the channel.

40 shorts for SGFilm Channel in 2013

The SGFilm Channel will kick off its first year with 40 short films. Every quarter, a total of 10 new titles will be released for online viewing. Launching the channel will be a series of 10 festival works, with heart-warming stories of family ties and friendships, including Sons by Royston Tan which helped launch his career in filmmaking.

"Whenever I travel to festivals with a new film, people always request to see my other films," said Royston Tan. "I can now refer them to SGFilm Channel where they can watch my films and also discover other short films from Singapore."

Among the channel's film offerings are award-winning titles including Keluar Baris (Homecoming), The Secret Heaven and Di (Little Brother); as well as experimental works such as Wrong Turn by Charles Lim, and defining ones such as Anthony Chen's noteworthy short film Ah Ma which was in competition at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. Also included is Edward Khoo's seminal work Late Shift.

 

 

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