Road to Zero, a youth sustainability film programme, supports young budding film makers in the creation of meaningful films. Through stories captured from the lens of youths, the programme aims to spark conversations and encourage advocacy among audience on the topic of environmental sustainability in Singapore.
Your film idea could be one of the 3 winning concepts selected to be made into a short documentary! Each winning concept will be supported with a production budget of SGD $8000 and a cash prize of SGD $4000!
We welcome films concepts that are 3 - 5 minutes long, and is open to all forms of documentaries, so go wild with docu-drama or include real life profiles with re-enactments. With the theme being zero waste, your idea can be anything from reducing food waste & disposables, reusing, upcycling, repairing, to recycling.
Winning teams will also get to learn from relevant local businesses or organisations to gain insight into Singapore’s environmental scene.
Announcement of 3 Shortlisted Winners
Launch of Youth Films
It can be written in text and submitted via our submission form. If you’d like to provide us with a pitch deck or word document with more information to your concept, you’re welcome to do so.
Should your concept be chosen, you will need to form a key crew/team of at least 2 pax (eg: Director and Producer) within 7 working days from your official acceptance into the programme.
We are open to all forms of documentaries. We also accept a fusion of genres i.e. docu-drama (e.g. real life profiles with re-enactments)!
Yes, as long as it is not a completed work (film already been produced) and you still own the right to the concept.
There is no specific CTA to include in your story as long as it is aligned with the theme of Zero Waste.
Your work will be distributed on viddsee.com and be promoted via Viddsee, NEA and other potential partners’ social media channels, out of home displays, and other offline screenings. You may also send your completed work to festivals if you wish, but NEA and Viddsee must be notified and you should acknowledge NEA’s support in the production.
All Singapore Residents aged 15 to 35 can participate. If you’re a Singaporean/PR living overseas currently but would like to submit a story made and filmed in Singapore, you can do so as well.
A recommended duration would be 3 – 5 min, but not limited to that!
Yes, you may submit more than one idea or concept. Multiple entries are allowed.
There won’t be any live pitching. If your concept is shortlisted, our team will get in touch with you via email and you may be invited to share more about your concept.
You may spend the budget as you please for the development of your story concept/idea. In the event that you overspend (exceed the allocated budget), you will need to top up the remainder on your own. Take note that, the additional prize cash of $4k will only be released to the winners upon the completion of the short film.
Kenneth Cheong is a director with a strong focus on exploring the underdog theme. He has worked extensively with multiple broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming platforms over the years. Most notable, History Channel, AXN, HGTV, Fox International, National Geographic, CNA and Viddsee.
He is recognised with awards internationally throughout the years. Beyond the world of narrative and factual, he is also a commercial director working with multi-national companies like Estee Lauder, Nivea, Tefal, Salem, Bifesta, Eucerin, Roche, Varian and multiple government agencies.
In his most recent web series in 2021, 'Tiny Garden', he has won awards in Germany, London, Toronto, Los Angeles, Rio and Sydney. Working out of Asia, he is familiar with her many quirks and nuances. Kenneth is ever ready to take on genre-defining stories.
A believer in the power of research in storytelling, Kenneth Chan has directed and written multiple documentaries and commercial projects with brands like Viddsee, Singapore Tourism Board, National University of Singapore, Jetstar, and AWWA.
His films are always about finding fresh perspectives to reveal stories beneath the surface of familiarity; crafting narratives that are compelling, intimate, and authentic.
Kenneth co-founded Hatched Productions in 2019 after graduating from Nanyang Technical University with a bachelor in communications studies producing insightful documentaries like “Craft of Art” (2020), a series that showcases the depth and diversity of human creativity of artists in Singapore, and “Through the Lens” (2021), a series that reframes the beauty of Singapore through a photographer’s eye.
Eileen Chong is a documentary director, best known for her socially-driven documentaries exploring topics such empowerment as well as bringing “darker issues into light” such as social conditioning and prejudice. Eileen mission is to use film to raise awareness and positively impact society.
Her short films have been viewed and shared thousands of times across Social media, eliciting community support and over $100,000 in donations for local causes.
Her latest work with Viddsee include "Letters to God" season 1 and 2 and 3, she also collaborated with DBS on "In Good Hands" and Community Chest in "Add a new story".