NYFA 2017 Panel Discussion - A CAREER IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY: Academia or Apprenticeship?


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What is the best way to break into the film and media industry? Join our esteemed panelists as they share their thoughts.

This session is part of the National Youth Film Awards 2017.

About the Speakers:

Sebastian Tan, Shooting Gallery Asia
A diversified and major player in print and television commercial production today, Sebastian has expanded to include production subsidiaries and dedicated digital imaging facilities, Wishing Well The Imaging Station. The collective enterprise has bagged practically every major advertising award in the world including Gold Lions at Cannes, secured long-term deals with major clients and teamed up with top-class professionals from around the globe.

Sebastian sits on the advisory panel of Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Design and the Institute of Technical Education’s Design and Media Academic Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s Media & Communications Manpower Skills & Training Council and also an Advisory member of the Singapore Film Commission and Board Member of the Singapore International Film Festival.

He has also served and judged in various Award Shows like, the Creative Circle Awards, The Hall Of Fame Awards, The Crowbars, The Phoenix, The Kodak Gongs, The Asian Television Awards, The Apollo, The Aperture Awards and many more.

At the 2005 Creative Circle Awards, he was one of five individuals honoured with a ‘Champions of the Creative Circle Awards’ for his contributions to the industry. He has also been awarded the Spirit of Enterprise, 2007 and been named in Marketing Magazine’s ‘The Singapore 20’, a select list, identifying experts whose decisions truly impact the Singapore media scene. He was awarded the Most Promising Entrepreneurship at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, 2009 in Singapore while Shooting Gallery Asia has been recognised by Marketing Magazine as the Production Agency of the Year at the Agency of The Year Awards, 2009 and again in the year 2012. He is also a recipient of the Successful Entrepreneur 2010 Award, the SME1 Asia Award, 2011 and the SME Asia Award, 2013/14.

Low Hwee Ling, Former Post-Production Supervisor

Hwee Ling's experience in post-production began as an editor on some of Singapore's most acclaimed films such as Royston Tan's 4:30 (Berlin International Film Festival 2006) and Eric Khoo's Be With Me (Cannes Film Festival 2005).

After four years as a creative storyteller in the editing room, she took on the role of post-production supervisor on several reality TV series and successfully led many large scale projects in that capacity.

Recently, her interest in digital analytics was piqued when she worked on a modeling-themed reality TV series after witnessing first-hand how the show's social media was able to reveal fascinating insights about its fans that share their passions, concerns and opinions about the show.

Hwee Ling was also a member of the Main Jury for the Silver Screen Awards at the 21st Singapore International Film Festival, judging entries for the Best Asian Feature Film Awards, as well as entries for the Best Singapore Short Film Awards.

Michael Kam, Ngee Ann Polytechnic - School of Film & Media Studies
Michael Kam is a senior lecturer at the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Before joining the school, Michael was an advertising and publicity executive at Shaw Organisation, where he promoted a variety of films from art house cinema, Hollywood blockbusters to local independent films. He also worked in corporate communications at PSA Corporation, where he produced numerous corporate videos.

An avid short filmmaker, Michael's works have travelled to numerous international film festivals and earned various accolades. His short film LITTLE BROTHER earned him the Best Director prize at the 19th Singapore International Film Festival. He directed TAU GAY NOT ENOUGH, a humorous short video which premiered on national television during the Prime Minister’s 2005 National Day Rally Speech. His short film MASALA MAMA was shortlisted for the Crystal Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival and went on to win the ARTE-Short Film Award at the 26th Hamburg International Short Film Festival, while another short film, DETOUR won the Best Fiction Award at the 45th Tampere Film Festival in Finland.

Alan Yap, Director of Photography

Alan Yap is a multi-award-winning Director of Photography, with experience across different genres and regions. Such exposure has further honed his craft and each experience further develops a maturity and unique eye.

Demand for Alan’s services has seen him work extensively in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia among other countries.

A thirst for learning and always putting his best into each of his works keeps him highly motivated with a strong sense of humility.


NYFA 2017 WEEKEND (30 June and 1 July) seeks to bring outreach and awareness of the film and media industry in Singapore to a new scale with a series of talks, workshops and screenings of previous NYFA-winning films.

As part of SHINE Festival 2017, the event hopes to encourage more youths to engage in various aspects of film-making, as well as to inspire through enriching media touch points by our industry partners. These activities also aim to reverse the common understanding of Singapore’s film and media industry through creative activities that are interactive and niche. For other NYFA talks and workshops, please visit:

[Workshop] - DART Sessions

[Fireside Chat] LIFE BEYOND SCHOOL: How I Survived in the Commercial World

[Workshop] Editing and Colour Grading Demo with DaVinci Resolve 14

[Panel Discussion] BEYOND ANIMATION: How can a Graduate Stay Competitive

[Panel Discussion] PRODUCING CONTENT IN THE SOCIAL AGE: Opportunities and Challenges

[Panel Discussion] FESTIVALS OR ONLINE? What is the Best Way to Expose your Short Film to an Audience

[Featured Speaker] INFOCUS ASIA: Asian Stories for the International Audience

[Screening] National Youth Film Awards 2015

[Screening] National Youth Film Awards 2016

[Job Matching Session] C3: Creative Career Connections



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