Local indie film Belaban Hidup: Infeksi Zombie, has done the country proud by winning the Horror and Science Fiction category for the feature film genre at the 2021 World Film Carnival (WFC) – Singapore.
This was disclosed on the WFC Singapore’s website on March 18.
Produced by Hornbill Films and Harry Aziz Entertainment, the film tells the story of a group of orphans who is locked away by a mad scientist for an experiment.
Besides combining elements of horror and action, the film which received funding from the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) also highlights the culture as well tradition of the Dayak community in Sarawak.
Its producer and director Ray Lee said he and Misha Minut who is also the co-producer and scriptwriter of the film first came up with the idea to make the film in 2016.
"At first, we just wanted to produce a short film but it ended up being a feature-length film.
"We decided to make a film about Dayak warriors in Sarawak as we rarely see such film being produced,” he told Bernama.
Lee said, there are also several scenes in the film where viewers can see actors speak in the Iban language.
Meanwhile, he said the film has also been nominated in two categories, namely Best Film and Best Horror Film at the International Symbolic Art Film Festival in Russia, which will take place on March 27.
Belaban Hidup: Infeksi Zombie features a line-up of actors such as Pekin Ibrahim, Altimet, Pablo Amirul, Anna Melissa, Cassidy Panggau and Katrina Grey.
Distributed by Metrowealth Pictures, the film is expected to be screened by the end of this year. – Bernama