The last decade or so has seen an incredible surge in the popularity, quality and abundance of top-tier documentaries popping up all over the world, captivating and delighting audiences in equal measure. Sadly, there is still limited commercial potential for overseas distributors and so, for a region like Asia, it can still be pretty difficult to see these films - especially on the big screen. However, a new festival launched in Singapore is taking steps to change all that.
SINGAPORE, 31 October 2012 - Documentary filmmakers around the world looking to screen their films to Asian audiences, now have a new platform to showcase their craft.
Established by Singapore resident and documentary fan, Richard Clarke, the Endeavours Documentary Film Festival will take place May 10-12, 2013 at The Arts House, a historical landmark within the Old Parliament House in Singapore.
The Endeavours Documentary Film Festival will screen documentary films about people and their lives. The festival aims to provide filmmakers with a high quality platform to show their work to Asian audiences who are amongst the world's most avid film-goers.
The festival offers five categories for filmmakers to enter and will be judged by an independent jury comprising of four highly respected, award winning creatives based in Singapore. They include author, Shehan Karunatilaka, documentary editor Genevieve Lee, co-founder of The Gunnery music and sound design studio, Azmi Jaffar and documentary filmmaker and producer Risa Okamoto.
The five award categories in the Endeavours' festival are:
Best Short Documentary (30 mins duration)
Best Asian Film
Best International Film
The Emerging Filmmaker Documentary Competition (3 mins duration)
Alongside the more traditional awards, the Emerging Filmmaker competition is targeted at developing locally based filmmakers. The winner of this category will be awarded with 20 hours of post-production services for their next documentary at The Gunnery, one of Singapore's leading sound design studios and 20 hours of colour grading at the renowned Phushia Post Production.
Endeavours' Festival Founder and Director Richard Clarke said: "Singapore, is becoming one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and is an entry point to Asia. It has a burgeoning and vibrant arts scene, one which we hope Endeavours will soon become an important part of."
At the heart of the Endeavours festival is the desire to encourage international filmmakers to showcase their art in the region to an increasingly appreciative and sophisticated Asian audience, whilst at the same time helping to promote the region's established filmmakers and develop and nurture local filmmakers.
The Call For Entries will close on 31 January 2013 and filmmakers can learn more about the festival and conditions of entry by visiting www.endeavoursdocufilmfest.com
The Endeavours Documentary Film Festival is sponsored by The Arts House, Epic Communications, The Gunnery, The Local and Phushia Post Production.