The Singapore prize is a $30,000 book award that recognises local fiction and non-fiction works. It was established through a $1 million donation by Confucian scholar Alan Chan.
The awards aim to encourage writing that champions mindsets and values important to the shaping of Singapore, such as equality, diversity, religious harmony, meritocracy, pragmatism and resilience. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges, including Mr. Chan, historians and other academics who are familiar with Singapore’s history and culture.
This year’s prize went to writer-director Laha Mebow for his latest film, “Gaga.” He won the best director award. In addition, his film received the best script prize and SGD2,000 in cash for its development.
Other award winners included Zukhara Sansyzbay for her work on “Convenience Store” and Rein Maychaelson for his “The Burning Land.” In-Docs (Indonesia) won the Outstanding Contribution to Southeast Asian Cinema Award, which comes with SGD1,500.
WOHA Architects won the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for its Kampung Admiralty senior housing development in July 2018. The award also comes with SGD4,000 in cash, which will be used to support the development of the building.
In the esports world, Tundra Esports won the international 2022 championship in Singapore. The team progressed undefeated throughout the tournament, and was crowned winner on October 30.
The competition was held in front of a crowd of 10,000 spectators. The tournament was contested by 13 teams, which were all from Asia.
Singapore-based esports organization Tundra Esports came out on top of the competition, defeating their rivals Team Secret in the final round to win the trophy. The team, which has been in the top five of the tournament every year since 2015, was considered a heavy favourite this time around.
One of the most interesting aspects of the festival is the industry-facing Southeast Asian Film Lab, which aims to promote and develop new filmmakers from across the region. The event is hosted by Sukhum, Vimukthi Jayasundara and film critic Maggie Lee.
The festival also features screenings of new films from Southeast Asia. Aside from the main program, the festival also hosts a number of special events and programs.
Several of these events have been named as the best in Asia for their quality and creativity. The winners of these events will be announced during the main programme on the last night of the festival, with the winner receiving a cash prize.
Other awards presented at the festival include the Best Actor and Best Performance prizes, the Youth Critic Award, the Audience Choice Award and the Most Promising Director award. Aside from cash prizes, the winners of these awards will receive a screening at the Filmgarde Cineplexes.
The organisers of the singapore prize also have an online film channel that features the best of the festival’s offerings. The channel is free to watch and includes a range of award-winning films, including documentaries, shorts and feature films. It is available in both Mandarin and English.