Female-centred live-action titles Sunday and Lady E's Wedding Revenge Plan won big at the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) held last Saturday.

They each received three awards in the Open Youth and Media Student categories respectively.

Centring on the theme of the unbreakable spirit of youth, the annual awards had gone digital in the light of the coronavirus pandemic and took place on Facebook Live. From the 362 submissions, there were 53 works vying for a total of 24 awards in the two categories.

Sunday's Vicki Yang, 32, won Best Actress for playing a character dealing with a full-body rash and wrestling with increasingly violent tendencies during a forbidden rendezvous with her sister's boyfriend.

The film also won Best Screenplay and Best Live Action in the Open Youth category.

In Lady E's Wedding Revenge Plan, created by Ngee Ann Polytechnic students, an eccentric young girl with a fear of growing up attempts to stop her older sister's wedding. The work won for Best Live Action, Best Director and Best Editing in the Media Student category.

The story was inspired by the relationship between director Kathleen Bu, 21, and her sister, who is 23.

Bu says: "I think anyone can relate to the painful process of growing up and I wanted to make this film to address our innermost feelings of facing changes and growing up – no matter the stage of life we are at."

Several animation works did well, especially in the Media Student category.

Caught Off Guard, about the fulfilment of dreams, won Best Animation for 3dsense Media student Paul Ng.

Sexy Sushi by Lasalle College of the Arts' Calleen Koh, which follows a piece of sushi's rude awakening to the true meaning of its life, was recognised for Best Art Direction.

Many of the films were created by returning participants, such as Tan Wei Ting, 28, who won for Best Editing in the Open Youth category for Under The Same Pink Sky, a moving story of a woman's life after her breast cancer diagnosis.

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