Singapore-based Filipino filmmaker Paul David Sarabia wins top prize in ‘Our Better World’ storytelling competition


Our Better World,  an online storytelling initiative powered by the Singapore International Foundation, has unveiled the winners of its first ever video storytelling competition, which focuses on people in Asia doing good to improve the lives of others.

The competition received a diverse mix of stories, from films on foot spas run by the visually impaired, to young people teaching street kids through graffiti and street art, and even fitness enthusiasts engaging in Zumba exercises with the elderly – a testament to how there are countless ways to improve the lives of others.

Open to countries across Asia, The Good Story Competition received over 130 entries from filmmakers spanning 27 different nationalities, capturing stories in 18 countries. Clinching top spots from the Open and Professional categories are countries including India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Cambodia.

Singapore-based Filipino filmmaker Paul David Sarabia took home the top prize in the Professional category with his short film “From Trash to Treasure”, while Indian filmmaker Mithran P claimed top spot in the Open category with his film “Unknown Faces”. Winning S$8,000 and S$4,000 respectively, the victories also extended to the causes that were featured in their films as they too received cash prizes of the same value. Eight other films were shortlisted in the finals for both categories, with the filmmakers and featured non-profits or social enterprises each taking home S$2,000.

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