Sundance Channel and Astro have announced the winners of its first-ever Sundance Channel Short Film Contest. Paul Gan Yew Hoe was named the Grand Prize winner for his film The Boy Who Rocked the World and will be receiving a trip for two to the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah with exclusive access to screenings, panels, events and the awards ceremony.
The two runners up were Chan Kwok Wah with his film Nick & Jared: The Fish Lantern and Cho We Jun with his film Salvaj, who both received professional digital cameras. All three films will premiere on Sundance Channel HD (Astro Channel 438) in early 2015.
The Grand Prize winner, Paul Gan Yew Hoe’s film follows the story of a boy from a poor family who finds an escape from his harsh reality, spurred on by a dream of becoming a rock musician. The jury commented on the winning film by calling it “creative, imaginative and extremely well executed with attention to detail and storytelling that are properly accented by the technical skills on display. The team took a big chance with this concept – it could easily have fallen flat – but they pulled off both the real and fantasy aspects of the story quite nicely. Impressive and clearly the most imaginative of the films screened.”
The award ceremony also included a masterclass with visiting filmmaker Lesley Chilcott, who is best known for co-producing the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary about climate change, An Inconvenient Truth. Chilcott shared her insights about filmmaking with the audience and showed clips from many of her acclaimed projects, including the documentary she directed, A Small Section Of The World, which will premiere on Sundance Channel HD on 7 February 2015 at 10pm.
Entries for the Sundance Channel Short Film Contest were judged based on several criteria, including creativity, entertainment value, original storytelling and production value. The jury comprised representatives from Sundance Channel, Astro and the filmmaking community. The top three finalists had the opportunity to screen their films to attendees at the event prior to their premiere on Sundance Channel next year.