Viddsee & Singapore Short Film Awards 2013
Viddsee streams regional short films, partners with Singapore Short Film Awards to showcase top local short films: New short film platform enables audience to discover, watch and share short films from Southeast Asia online.
Viddsee partners with Singapore Short Film Awards (SSFA) 2013 to showcase nominated short films from past editions of SSFA. The new online social watching platform, Viddsee, streams short films from Southeast Asia and streamlines the process of discovering, watching and sharing regional stories for a global online audience.
Viddsee is co-founded by filmmaker-engineers Ho Jia Jian and Derek Tan. The duo is passionate about the marriage between art and technology and aims to grow the community of short film audience by enabling a wide and accessible market reach for short films.
There has been a rising trend of watching short films among the online community, fueled by indie filmmakers who are building their audience and distributing their films through online video platforms and social networks. Brands have also started to market themselves through films, which are known as branded films. The founders of Viddsee believe that short films are the new movies of the social web age. Closely integrated with Facebook, Viddsee leverages on Facebook as a distribution channel to create a seamless experience for users to discover short films. With a mix of curation and social discovery of content, Viddsee helps to surface relevant local content to users.
Working with local filmmakers and film festivals to make local content accessible is key to grooming our local content audience. Viddsee has collaborated with local filmmakers like Kelvin Sng and Ray Pang in premiering their short films online. For this year’s SSFA, which runs at The Substation from the 25th February to 3rd March, SSFA will showcase some of its nominated films from last year’s awards on Viddsee. Audience can expect a line-up of 9 short films with one film released everyday at 7pm starting from 15th February 2013 (Refer to Appendix).
“We built Viddsee to create an accessible way for audience to watch the best local short films on their desktop or mobile devices,” said Jia Jian, co-founder of Viddsee. “While content is readily available over the Internet today, it’s still hard to find culturally contextual content from Singapore and around Southeast Asia. Working with the Singapore Short Film Awards, we hope to bring the best stories from Singapore to allow our local audience to discover new content in Singapore.”
The organisers of SSFA, Aishah Abu Bakar and Leong Puiyee, jointly commented, "The Singapore Short Film Awards is happy to be collaborating with Viddsee on a digital platform to showcase some of the nominated films from the past editions of SSFA. Audience are now able to re-watch some of the best Singapore short films from the SSFA through Viddsee. Watching films online is now the norm and we are able to reach out to international audiences as well through our collaboration with Viddsee."
"When no one watches or hears about your film, then what's the point of making one?” added filmmaker Ray Pang. “Filmmakers are storytellers and we have a part to play in our society in sharing our stories. Hence, every audience counts and we need to make find ways to allow audience to watch our works.”
Audience can login to Viddsee at www.viddsee.com to watch the selection of short films from SSFA, Ray Pang’s short films ONE, BREAK and Closer To Me, and over 1000 minutes of short films from Southeast Asia, free of charge.
Viddsee is an online social watching service for filmmakers and audience of Southeast Asian short film viddeos. Built and designed by engineers and filmmakers, Viddsee enables users to easily discover, watch and share stories from around Southeast Asia on their desktop and mobile devices. Our vision is to continually grow the community of short film audience and to enable a wide and accessible market reach for short films.