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16-Apr-2014 12:31am PDT  


Endeavours Documentary Film Festival

2 Annual May 14, 2014 to May 18, 2014

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Best Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Asian Documentary
A documentary which has an Asian theme.
Emerging Filmmaker
For Singpore based filmmakers only. Submit any film that you've made. The key criteria for the award will be storytelling, not technical expertise.

The Endeavours Documentary Film Festival, as its name suggests, recognises people's endeavours. It will showcase documentary films about people and their lives and recognise great filmmaking.

Vision. Passion. Determination.

Making a documentary film is not easy and a filmmaker needs all of these qualities and more.

The Endeavours Documentary Film Festival, as its name suggests, recognises people's endeavours. It will showcase documentary films about people and their lives and recognise great filmmaking.

The festival will take place from 14 – 18 May 2014 at the Arts House, within the Old Parliament House, on the banks of the Singapore River, Singapore.

This is a competition festival with four juried awards:

Best Documentary.

Best Short Documentary (up to 30 minutes total running time).

Best Asian Film.

The Emerging Filmmaker Competition (only open to new filmmakers based in Singapore).

Submit a film you've made. No constraints.

The winner of the competition will be awarded 20 hours of post production services at The Gunnery sound design studio and 20 hours of colour grading at Gravitate Post Production for their next documentary.

Our Jury:

Gisli Snaer

Photographer, Film & TV Producer, Writer & Director GISLI SNAER has been honoured for his feature films at festivals in 13 nations, including Chicago, USA, Kerman, Iran and Giffoni, Italy. In addition, he has been the creative force behind highly successful advertising campaigns around the globe, for clients such as One, Cisco, Toyota, Yamaha, Ricoh, Iceland Air and the European Council.

After studying fine art, design, photography and sociology, Gisli joined the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV) in 1986 as a writer and host of a comic youth programme. Gisli worked as an assistant director, assistant editor and production manager in various film productions and then studied at the Sveriges Television (SVT) in 1988. From 1988 to 1990, he directed and produced a number of television programmes for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

In 1990, Gisli enrolled at the prestigious film school La Fémis, école nationale supérieure des métiers de l’image et du son, Paris, where he studied film directing.

After graduating, Gisli directed award-winning feature films and numerous TV commercials; he currently helms The Puttnam School of Film at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Gisli has also been a member of the Directors Guild of Iceland since 1998, and served as a member of the international jury at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival Kinderfilmfest, the Ale Kino Film Festival in Poland 2003, and 2011 Singapore Creative Video Competition.

Tony Chow

Tony Chow is an award-winning and internationally recognised producer, educator and consultant with more than 17 years’ experience in the media, advertising and communications industry. His media experiences range from creative content development to production and management – including sales, acquisition and distribution.

Graduating with a degree in political science from the National University of Singapore, Tony is known for his production support for local and international co-productions, particularly co-productions with East Asian countries. He has also produced, directed and written for highly rated and award-winning television series, including a five-part documentary series on Asia’s Monarchies.

As President of the Independent TV Production Companies’ Association (AIPRO) for 7 years, he championed intellectual properties rights ownership, better terms of trade as well as the commercial sustainability of the media content production sector.

Along with his decorated advertising background and founding of many groundbreaking initiatives in the media scene, Tony has also served numerous executive roles – from Executive Producer of digital feature films to Managing Director of Off The Fence Asia, an international content distribution and TV content production company. He sits on several local and international advisory committees on media development and policies, talent and capability development and is now an international Media Consultant, providing strategic consultancy and media advisory to organisations, associations, government agencies and ministries. His recent projects include the global launch of Samsung’s Video on Demand services on Samsung Video Hub.

Ben Rosen

Ben Rosen is one of the most prolific composers and music producers in the APAC region and beyond.
He has written, produced and performed works for Universal, Virgin, Interscope and Atlantic records on worldwide platinum selling albums with Marilyn Manson, Nikka Costa, Unwritten Law, 8MM and Grinspoon. He continues to write and produce music for mainstream popular music artists recently remixing Muse ‘Uprising’ for the Tom Cruise action film trailer ‘Knight And Day’, sound design for ‘The Last Airbender’ trailer and a stonking remix of ‘No Quarter’ by Led Zeppelin for Ignition Creative LA.

Further pursuing this passion he continues to study, expand and innovate into new frontiers of modern music. His advertising accolades include a Cannes Gold Lion, CCA Gold medal and Asian Advertising Awards Bronze medal. He has earned himself a reputation as the most dependable composer and music producer, expertly executing briefs in an unparalleled way while maintaining an individual quality for every project.

David Lee

David Lee is a life long cinephile who has years of experience as a film programmer, publicist, reviewer and writer. He has curated various film festivals and programmes, such as the long running SFS Talkies, Animation Nation, SG Films@ Library series, and most recently serves as the Festival Director of the Singapore Chinese Film Festival.

He has reviewed movies on television for Good Morning Singapore, contributed film articles to and moderated film and writers sessions at the annual Singapore Writers Festival. David was formerly the Programming Manager at Sinema Old School, Film Distribution and Marketing Manager at InnoForm Media, and at present serves as the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Film Society. He is also the Managing Director and Co-Founder of The Filmic Eye, a new initiative that promotes film education and appreciation programmes in schools.

Richard Clarke (Festival Director) ; Richard Clarke (Filmmaker) ; Stephanie Holzhuber

All films must have been completed by January 2013.


I have read and agreed to all the terms and conditions. Endeavours Documentary Film Festival (EDFF) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. Note that DVD submissions for EDFF are not returned or mailed back. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless EDFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. So far as lawfully possible, we exclude all liability to you in contract or negligence (other than negligence by us which gives rise to personal injury or death). We also exclude liability for any consequential or indirect loss, which may be caused to you by us. We are situated in Singapore and the law of Singapore shall govern any interpretation of these terms and conditions. The Singapore Courts shall have jurisdiction in any disputes between us. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes for the Emerging Filmmakers Competition are non-transferable and must be used within 12 months of the award.