Which Family Members do you Invite to CNY Celebrations During Covid Restrictions? Singapore Tackles the Problem

The holidays are a time when you have family and friends over to celebrate the occasion. With Chinese New Year fast approaching, and pandemic social distancing policies still in place, which family members will you decide to invite and which will you have to leave out?

Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) has launched a light-hearted 3-minute Chinese New Year film titled ‘The Visitor List’ via Grey Singapore. The film, shot by director Royston Tan, weaves its way through the conundrum faced by many families planning Chinese New Year visits during the pandemic era – such as visitation limits, which sees some families struggling to navigate the “social landmines” when prioritizing who to invite.


“With this film, we wanted to acknowledge some of the adjustments that Singaporeans have had to make when celebrating Chinese New Year as a result of the pandemic and to remind everyone about the steps we can all take to better ensure our safety and the safety of our loved ones,” said Aaron Lye, Director, Campaigns & Productions Dept. of MCI’s Public Communications Division

“It has not always been easy, but we are encouraged by the resilience and unity shown by Singaporeans. As we reconnect with our extended families this festive season, either face-to-face or online, we hope that everyone will continue to exercise social responsibility, to ensure a safe and healthy new year for all.”


“A ‘visitor list’ may sound like an unimaginable narrative pre-pandemic, but it’s now something families would have to consider as we live with COVID-19,” said Aaron Phua, Executive Creative Director for Grey Singapore.

“It’s a heartening script that allows us to highlight the value of smaller but meaningful gatherings through an inviting and insightful storyline.”

In addition to the film, there is an interactive Instagram filter challenge ‘2022 HuatAR’ which challenges players’ knowledge of CNY greetings and their translated meaning.


Agency: Grey Singapore
Executive Creative Director: Aaron Phua
Creative Director/Writer: Justine Lee
Agency Producer: Glenn Chan, Ivy See (Hogarth)
CEO: Konstantin Popovic
Brand Lead: Ellen Tan
Account Director: Wei Jian Lim
Senior Account Executive: Rina Lim
Strategist: Ruth Lim
Head of Social: Shawn Low
Social Team: Li Ting Poh, Fion Lee, Belle Cheng, Rina Lim
Content Creator/Art Director: Rachel Khor, Katelyn Ong
Content Creator/Copywriter: Wei Li Chin, Yillin Lam
Chief Communications Officer: Huma Qureshi
Production House: Chuan Pictures
Director: Royston Tan
Executive Producer: Karen Khoo
Producer/Writer: Jun Chong
Production Manager: Siew Shu Hui
Asst. Director: Sher Ann Tang
Director of Photography: Shyan Tan
1st Camera Assistant: Dion Heng
2nd Camera Assistant: Ivan Chong
Data Wrangler: Mavis Lai
Gaffer: King Li
Key Grip: Dickson Chua
Grip: Ivan Yau
Grip: Ko Swee Kheng
Junior Grip: Yew Shi Min
Sound: Jenn Hui
Boom Op: Vidonia Yeo
Location Manager: Feefee Nurfitri Abdullah
Location Assistant: Seha Saifuddin
Casting (SHP): Jacky Lee, Acquersine Wong
Art Director: Chris Koh
Art Asst.: Adelene Wee, Ericson Esteban
Art Asst.: Dionne Goh, Wong Sheng Wei
HMU: Makeup Entourage
Wardobe Asst.: Lee Xin Ying, Nur Haidah Haidi
Driving PA: Olsson Paul
PA: Wendy Lie, Anna Ang
PA Intern: Macarius Chia


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