Project Lapis Sagu, Singapore’s first crowd-sourced film initiative on cultural diversity, has garnered a total of 1,209 entries for its logline contest which ended on 11 December 2016. The participants of different ages and nationalities hailed from various walks of life and professions.
Project Lapis Sagu is part of ongoing efforts to promote greater understanding and mutual respect between locals and foreigners here in Singapore. It is spearheaded by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), in collaboration with acclaimed filmmakers Eric Khoo, Kelvin Tong, K. Rajagopal and Sanif Olek.
Ms Karen Tan, Senior Director of Public Communications Division, MCI, said, “We are pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response from the public for the Lapis Sagu Film Contest. The topic of social integration and cultural diversity is close to the hearts of people in Singapore. We are glad that Project Lapis Sagu has provided a platform to spark ideas and conversations on how we could come together to address integration issues. We hope the stories will strike a chord, deepen understanding and strengthen bonds among various communities here, locals and foreigners.”
The 1,209 entries offer interesting and multiple perspectives on the challenges and opportunities presented by an increasingly diverse Singapore. The story ideas ranged from zombie apocalypse tales to sci-fi fantasies, intercultural love stories, workplace conflicts and neighbourly tensions.
“A good story will keep you absorbed and focused on what’s happening. l’m overwhelmed by the sheer volume of entries.” said Mr Eric Khoo.
Mr Kelvin Tong said, “The entries come from a broad range of genres. What’s interesting is that a lot of them are about food. So perhaps it is food that obsesses Singaporeans as well as non-Singaporeans.”
“There are a variety of ideas in the selection, but I am more inclined towards the more challenging and dramatic ones.” said Mr K Rajagopal.
On the general quality of the entries, Mr Sanif Olek said, “What impressed me are the loglines written by amateurs. They are really impressive and they have the potential to be turned into great films.”
Shortlisting is currently going on, followed by further story development with the four directors for the chosen entries.