Inspired by the sticky, yummy, multicoloured layered cake, Project Lapis Sagu is a crowdsourced film initiative spearheaded by four acclaimed filmmakers – Eric Khoo, K. Rajagopal, Kelvin Tong and Sanif Olek – and the Ministry of Communications and Information.
They will be producing four short films to celebrate the colourful tapestry of Singapore’s social fabric, and are looking for story ideas.
It’s a mouthful, but it’s simple: Send in a 30-word story idea on cultural diversity, and the four top entries will win a cash prize of $5000 each. Winners will have the rare opportunity to be mentored and see their story ideas being brought to life in short films of 3 to 10 minutes each.
Here’s the brief: “We are looking for stories that will lead us to explore, rediscover and work through the many layers of our differences and even misperceptions to arrive at a common understanding of our shared aspirations and humanity. And when these layers come together nicely, they can become a glorious and harmonious blend of cultures, like the layers of lapis sagu. Our differences, while at times challenging, can become our strengths – a kaleidoscope of colours, a treasure trove of talents and cultures worth celebrating.”
But don’t overthink it: If the word count is the most daunting obstacle to your participation, we suggest you chew on Kelvin’s advice: “Be yourself. We are experts in very few things, but we’re definitely experts on ourselves.” Share any story idea close to your heart!
Submissions close on 11 Dec 2016. So wait no more and head over to www.lapis-sagu.sg to submit your story idea today!