Eric Khoo to helm judging panel for international film festival

Singapore film maker and director Eric Khoo will lead the judging panel for the 14th edition of the Very Short International Film Festival (VSIFF) to be held in Singapore next year.

The VSIFF 2012 lets filmmakers showcase short films of less than three minutes.

It will screen internationally produced films alongside locally produced ones in eighty cities across 20 countries.

When asked by the Straits Times Razor TV which film could be further developed into a feature, Mr Khoo said several had potential to be shown in Cannes, Venice or Berlin.

The main jury consists of international and local jurors but the public can also vote for their favourites.

There will also be special categories for VSIFF 2012 next year. They will be launched in January.

Last year, VSIFF 2011 saw the introduction of two "special" categories - the Health Promotion Board (HPB) "Breathe" and Singapore Arts Festival 2011 "I Want to Remember."

DJ Stevenson's "Big Night Out" won HPB's "Breathe" award while Ervin Ann's "Flats" was awarded SAF2011 "I Want to Remember" award.

The VSIFF Originality Award went to "Hush Baby" by Tan Wei Keong while Nur Aisyah Suhaimi's "Red" won both the VSIFF Grand Prix Award and the Public Vote.

The festival, which originated from Paris, France, in 1999, debuted in Singapore in 2010 as a part of the French Voilah! Season.

The Festival screenings will take place on May 11, 12 and 13 in Singapore next year.

Aspiring filmmakers who wish to take part should send in their submissions by Feb10, 2012 for both the International and Local Selection or by Feb 29, 2012 for Local Selection only.