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Present for Singapore's 50th birthday: A film by 7 local directors

Cultural Medallion winners Jack Neo and Eric Khoo are among the directors participating in this project, led by 881 director Royston Tan.

SINGAPORE: Seven local film-makers are collaborating on a movie dedicated to Singapore and its turning 50 next year, which will showcase the country's past, present and what it aspires to be.

The directors - Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, Kelvin Tong, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan, Boo Jun Feng and K Rajagopal - are all award-winning auteurs and familiar names in the local film industry. The film they are collaborating on will be an omnibus of seven short stories, each a "unique interpretation of Singapore and the lives of its people", according to the statement by Chuan Pictures, Royston Tan's production company, on Wednesday (Aug 20).

Tan, who is leading the project, said: "All seven of us hope that this collaboration can inspire everyone to reflect on our nation's journey, revel in how far we have come, and look forward to a brighter future."

The film is expected to be released in the middle of 2015, and he said the directors are "excited to work on this project". Time for a project of such scale is tight though, and a confirmation of "an iconic venue to premiere the film" is their foremost consideration, he added.

More details on the film, stories and its case will announced in due course. The film is being made in support of the Media Development Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Film Commission, according to the statement.