Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Taman Negara Trip In Malaysia ( 4 days 3 nights )

Taman Negara Trip In Malaysia ( 4 days 3 nights )
1st - 4th August 2008

Travel Expenses: $280 per pax

(travel expenses including lodging,transportation & food)

Limited Availability. If you are interested, act fast.

To book for this trip or any queries, please email to ddysmail@gmail.com.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Short-film Making Contest: Now Opening To All Ages Worldwide!

Short-film Making Contest: Now Opening To All Ages Worldwide!

DDYS will be opening the Buddhist Short-Film Making Contest to all ages worldwideDon’t hesitate anymore, start making your film now! We look forward to receive your submissions before 12/7/2008. Please refer to our rules and regulations for further details.

法鼓山新加坡青年会举办的佛教短片制作比赛,即日起将公开给本地以及海外各年龄层的朋友。欢迎大家踊跃参加, 并在12/7/2008之前将参赛作品呈上。详情请参阅短片制作比赛之规则和规例。


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Dharma Drum Youth Singapore of Dharma Drum Singapore is organizing its first ever Buddhist Film Appreciation & Short Film Making Contest from February 2008 to July 2008.

The objectives of the contest are as follows:
1) To foster communication on Buddhist ideas and propagate Dharma Drum Youth's vision, objective and mission to the widest possible cross section of society.
2) To provide educational, comprehensive, accessible resources and practical skills to those who are interested in filming, video clip/short film making and Buddhist film making.
3) To promote Buddhist film making and understanding of Buddhist lifestyle and Buddhist temples.

The theme for the Short Film Making Contest is “Buddhist Short Film”. In order to keep this contest as accessible to the masses as possible, entries using any type of film/video recording devices, including mobile phone camera, web camera and digital camera are allowed.

Theme: Buddhist Short Film
The following are some topics under this theme that filmmakers could consider.
a) Buddhist Temple/Centre
b) Buddhist lifestyle
c) The Buddha's teachings
d) Story on Buddhism
e) Story and teachings by a Venerable
f) Buddhist festivals, activities or events
g) Zen and Meditation practice

Registration and Submission
The commencement date is 4 February 2008.
Contestants can submit as many entries as they wish! They may submit films to represent their school, youth organization or religious organization; or they may submit films independently or with a group of friends.
Each submission must be accompanied by a different activity application form. The form is downloadable from this blog and is available in hardcopy at Dharma Drum Singapore.

Criteria for submission:
1) The submission must be an original creation which has never been published or publicly displayed before.
2) In MPEG, AVI, WMV or other accessable format.
3) Length of short film or video should not be longer than 20 minutes.
4) Language used should be English and Mandarin.
5) Short film or video should be stored in CD/DVD-R. Together with the completed form and an explanatory note about how it relates to the theme, the submission should be sent to:

Dharma Drum Singapore
100A Duxton Road,
Singapore 089544

The closing date for receiving submission is 12 July 2008 (Time: 12pm).

Judging Criteria:
Content (relevance to the theme): 40%
Creativity / Originality: 30%
Technical Competency: 30%

Entries will be reviewed and judged after the closing date. Results will be announced in this blog and all winning entries will then be uploaded to this blog. The winners will be informed by mail, email or call.

The judging committee will select the top 3 short films based on the above-mentioned criteria and how they have captured the theme.

Cash Prizes to be won:
Top Prize: $300
First Special Prize: $100
Second Special Prize: $100

For further enquiries, please contact Dharma Drum Youth Singapore at
ddysmail@gmail.com or call Dharma Drum Singapore at Tel: 67355900.


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1. Registration is open to all Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans of all ages.

2. Contesting films should be made on the theme of Buddhism, in either English or Mandarin only.

  1. Video must be original and must not have been submitted before for any other purposes.

  1. Video with contents that promote racism, bigotry, hatred or harm of any kind against any group or individual will be disqualified.

  1. Video submitted will become the property of Dharma Drum Singapore.

  1. Contestants shall be responsible for their own expenses, logistics requirement and equipment during the film making.

  1. Dharma Drum Youth Singapore, Dharma Drum Singapore and their members shall not be held responsible for any damage/loss whatsoever during the course of film making.

  1. Dharma Drum Youth Singapore's decision on any matters pertaining to the contest and not covered by the Rules and Regulations stated, is final.

  1. Dharma Drum Singapore and Dharma Drum Youth Singapore reserve the right to amend the Rules and Regulations without prior notice.

  1. Submissions that do not meet the criteria for submission will not be eligible. (Please refer to “Criteria for submission” in “About the Short Film Making Contest”.)


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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Buddhist Film Appreciation Report (part 1)

The first Buddhist Film Appreciation event was successfully held at Dharma Drum Singapore on 15 March.
The 40 participants had an enjoyable time at this enriching sharing session.

Group photo of volunteers and guests

The Buddhist Film Appreciation event is a warm-up to the Buddhist Short Film-Making Contest organised by the Dharma Drum Youth Group.

Thanks to Bro Wanquan for taking time to give detailed technical guidance to the youth members.

The 100% committed youth members forgot about their allocated duties and started helping out enthusiastically where it was needed. Bro Qiyao who was originally in charge of food took over the role of taking attendance and Sis Huiwei who was originally in charge of taking attendance switched to taking care of the food!

Sis Aihua who turned up for film-viewing got ahead of Bro Xiaoyang who was in charge of fruits and helped him cut up all the fruits 1/2 hour before time!

Thanks to the generosity of those who contributed, everyone was able to enjoy a buffet of sumptuous and healthy food during tea-break.

The speaker, Bro Shen Shi'an offered a refreshing perspective on Buddhism through his well thought-out and inspiring powerpoint presentation slides and selection of movie excerpts.

Participants of different nationalities listening to the speaker with deep concentration.

^-^ End of part 1 report. ^-^


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