Singapore Movie Script Makes A Leap At Golden Horse Film Festival

9 Dec

SINGAPORE: The script of a Singapore-made thriller about bloggers competing for popularity on the Internet has caught the attention of judges at the Golden Horse Film and TV Co-production Conference held in Taipei recently.

“Blog Stories” by director Jack Neo’s company Neo Studios, won an award for one of the top three scripts short-listed at the Conference as well as NT$200,000 (S$9,000).

The only submission from Singapore that secured a place in the finals, “Blog Stories” competed against 24 other movie scripts sent in from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The accomplishment by Neo Studios has reaffirmed their consistent efforts to develop a pool of commercially savvy script writers and movie directors.

Since the company began its efforts to identify talent earlier this year, more than 50 aspiring movie directors and script writers have submitted their works for evaluation.

“I am delighted. This proves that Singaporeans possess creative talent comparable with the best in the region. I am very grateful that our regional colleagues have given us this recognition,” said Jack Neo, Chairman of Neo Studios.

Slated to be released in mid 2009, the thriller will chronicle the lives of Asian young bloggers who in the quest for cyber popularity, become reckless in their competition to outdo each other by publishing ‘ghost stories’ online. Strange things begin to happen in real life when the bloggers get carried away by unbridled ego and pride.

“Blog Stories is an interesting script that involves co-production and creative talent from more than one country,” said Ms Peggy Chiao, Chair of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. “We are pleased to see a high quality script submission from Singapore.”

Moving forward, Neo says his company is “in the process of finalising various production partners” and hopes that this particular production “will travel beyond Singapore”.

– CNA/jk

Channel News Asia

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