And that’s a wrap

From over 300 entries, 15 finalists were selected. These finalists honed their craft with Masterclasses conducted by our Festival Founders, Eric Khoo, Anthony Chen and Ministry of Funny (Haresh and Terence Chia) and put their skills to the test with weekly and final filmmaking challenges, shot entirely on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

Now that journey comes to an end. We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all our finalists for making our inaugural mobile film festival a success. And an even bigger ‘thank you’ for their patience, hard work and dedication.

Watch our Masterclass highlights
Eric Khoo

Eric Khoo talked about how the biggest challenge for aspiring storytellers is to tell a compelling story in their own unique way. He highlighted the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s Space Zoom as a feature that can create intimacy and enhance a director’s vision.

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Eric Khoo

Anthony Chen offered great tips while sharing inspiring short films and touched on his favourite feature on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G — Night Mode. His advice to our finalists? “Be simple but don’t be simplistic.”

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Eric Khoo

The Ministry of Funny (Haresh Tilani and Terence Chia) talked about how content creation can be calibrated and how the mobile phone has liberated the artist in many people. They highlighted Director’s View as the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s super-cool feature.

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Presenting our winners

Here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Please join us in congratulating our Top 3 and Special Award Winners!

Be sure to check out their awe-inspiring final projects as well.

Eric Khoo

Grand Prize Winner

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Eric Khoo
Alvin Lee

2nd place
Special Award – Best Direction

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Eric Khoo

3rd place

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Eric Khoo

Special Award – Best Original

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Eric Khoo
Kim Sim

Special Award – Best Performance

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Having a vision, the craft and technique, and the right tool can make for a great story, film or content.

At Samsung, we understand that and are committed to providing cutting-edge camera technology for storytellers of all ages and ambition.

That’s why we have created Short & Sharp, a mobile film festival with knowledge and input from the who’s who of the local film and content creation industry like Eric Khoo, Anthony Chen, Mark Lee, Jeanette Aw, Ministry of Funny (Haresh Tilani and Terence Chia) and Wong Kim Hoh.

We aim to discover the next generation of Singaporean storytellers and hope our latest flagship series, the Galaxy S21 Series 5G, can inspire and empower them in their journey forward.

Festival Timeline
27 February 2021

Open for entries
(1-minute film shot on ANY smartphone)

5 April 2021

Submission deadline at 2359 hours

April 2021

15 finalists announced

April – May 2021
  • Finalists will attend masterclasses conducted by the festival founders and complete weekly film challenges using the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Each finalist’s final project, a 3-minute film, will be judged by the festival founders and awarded prizes with the overall winner walking away with $20,000 in cash and more
June 2021*

Top 3 winners and other prizes will be
announced at the festival

*Due to Phase 2 HA regulations

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An award-winning filmmaker, Eric is the first Singaporean director to have his feature films showcased at major global film festivals and a recipient of the Cultural Medallion for Film.


Anthony is the first Singaporean film director to be awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, and a three-time Golden Horse Award winner.


A veteran Singapore entertainer well-known for his comedic work, Mark was most recently nominated in the 57th Golden Horse Awards for his role as a drag queen in the feature film Number 1. In 2017, he founded the production house King Kong Media Productions, focusing on digital content.


Jeanette is a multi-hyphenate actress-producer-director best known for starring in the hit local drama The Little Nyonya, and the founder of the production company Picturesque Films.

of Funny

Helmed by Haresh Tilani and Terence Chia, Ministry of Funny is a content studio that has created award-winning films and TV shows. Their comedy videos have scored more than 25 million views, and Yah Lah BUT is one of Singapore’s top podcasts with more than 500,000 downloads.

Kim Hoh

The Deputy Editor of The Straits Times Life, Kim Hoh is the author of five books and the screenwriter behind Eric Khoo’s critically acclaimed feature films Be With Me and My Magic.


Samsung continues to be a world leader in technology: leading the push for 5G as far back as 2013, applying military-grade security to its products and services with Samsung Knox, and showing category-defying innovation with its mobile phones and especially their pro-grade camera quality.

Festival Host
Shu An

Shu An is an actress whose work spans theatre, film, TV and the online sphere. She is best known for her role in Netflix’s Marco Polo and her cross-disciplinary one-woman play #UnicornMoment with Checkpoint Theatre.

15 finalists will be chosen from all the 1-minute entries in April 2021 to continue in the Short & Sharp competition, where they will complete weekly challenges.

For their final project, each finalist will create a 3-minute film to be judged by our festival founders. The top three winners and other prizes will be announced in June 2021.

$20,000 cash
Samsung products
(including a Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G)
Chance to produce
content for Samsung
$10,000 cash
Samsung products
(including a Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G)
$5,000 cash
Samsung products
(including a Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G)
Best Original
Best Direction
Best Performance
Judging Criteria

Films will be judged on story, originality, creativity and cinematography.