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Celebrating Singapore’s Connections with Europe: EU Centre Short Documentary Competition

EU Centre in Singapore

16 January 2015 – 6 April 2015


The official entry form with full terms and conditions, an information sheet and the competition flyer can be found in the downloads section above.


About the Competition

2015 marks 50 years of independence for Singapore and the progress we have made so far needs to be acknowledged and celebrated.  Singapore has developed from a former colonial trading port to a major business and financial centre in Asia. This year, the EU Centre in Singapore  have made plans to commemorate this special year with activities that celebrate the unique role that Europe and Europeans has played in Singapore’s  development. An edited book on Singapore’s connections with Europe will be launched in the latter half of the year.

Singapore’s development to a global city as it is today will not have been possible without the openness and the connections to the broader world beyond our own region. There have been plenty of stories about European companies such as Siemens, HSBC that were in Singapore when it was still a colonial port and stayed on after independence, believing in our tenacity as a young nation, and contributing to our development.  Europeans from different walks of life, from economic planner Dr Albert Winsemius to football player Aleksander Duric, have in their own unique way strengthened the growth of the nation. At the same time, Singaporeans have ventured to Europe’s shores and have made their mark in areas such as music, science, sports and business.

There are so many untold  stories out there about the links between Singapore and Europe, institutional, people-to-people, and our influences on each other. The objective of the EU Centre’s  Documentary Film competition is to encourage participants to uncover and tell these stories, or perhaps to find a new angle old to familiar stories be it Raffles or Winsemius.  

Subject Matter

The subject matter of the competition would be any location / association / topic that capture and reflect on the connections  between Singapore and Europe. Filmmakers are invited to craft documentaries reflecting on the connections between Singapore and Europe since 1965 that can be seen through institutional, sociocultural or people-to-people ties. These can consist of interviews and/or creative visual representations – it’s all up to the filmmaker(s)!  We hope the submissions will tell unique stories that celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore’s ties with Europe.


All  Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and residents on long-term permits can participate. Participation can be on an individual basis or a group submission make up of up to five members.  Each individual or a team of up to five members may make only one submission.

Films must not be more than 7 minutes in duration. The Content can be in any language, but where it is not in English, English subtitles must be provided.

There is no entry fee for this competition. However, any postage fees for film submissions shall be borne by the film makers.


There will be cash prizes awaiting the top three winners of the competition:

1st Prize: S$3,000
2nd Prize: S$2,000
3rd Prize: S$1,000

There will also be two consolation prizes worth S$500 each.

Submission of Entries


The deadline for entries is 6 April 2015, 6pm Singapore time. There can be no extension of this deadline.

Participants  must send their films in either MPEG 4 or Quicktime File format on a DVD disc. The film must be accompanied by the following items:

  1. A copy of the official competition entry form (must be printed and signed by individual or all group members)
  2. A short one page CV for each group member
  3. A short synopsis of the documentary film

Participants may choose to submit their entries by mail/courier or self-delivery to the following address:

The European Union Centre in Singapore

11 Slim Barracks Rise

(off North Buona Vista Road)

#06-01 Executive Centre (NTU@one-north)

Singapore 138664

Contact details

Ms Teo Mei Yee:

Mr Dexter Lee: