KUCHING: Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) and Asean International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) have challenged the local youth to help promote Sarawak’s uniqueness and beauty to the global community, via a short film competition.
The AIFFA 2015-AZAM short film competition is being organised, in conjunction with AIFFA 2015 which Sarawak will host from April 9 to 11 this year in Kuching.
The organiser’s spokesman, Kerry Edison, said the competition was open to Sarawak youths aged between 18 and 30, to submit entries showcasing the best that Sarawak could offer in terms of culture, events, nature, business, the arts and other unique qualities for a global audience.
She said each entry should last three to five minutes (including film credits) and capture the diversity and beauty of all things Sarawak to lure visitors to the state.
“All categories and genres of short film (duration three to five minutes) are accepted, including drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi, documentary, experimental and music videos,” she added.
The first prize is RM2,000, while second and third prize winners will bag RM1,500 and RM1,000, respectively, besides the AIFFA short film trophy with additional prizes in kind.
All participants will be given passes to attend seminar/workshop session featuring international iconic/estabilished film industry professionals during the AIFFA 2015 event.
The competition closes on March 26, and winners will be announced in April.
The organisers are inviting those aged 18 and above to volunteer for the AIFFA 2015 event.
Meanwhile, a film on Sarawak’s legendary saltwater crocodile, titled Bujang Senang, is among three films to be shot in Sarawak.
The RM12mil movie will be jointly produced by Hollywood and Malaysia.
The other films were Malaysian production “Kilat” costing RM6mil, and “Sapok Biki” produced by Moonbeam Production, said 2015 Asean International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) director Livan Tajang.
She said a memorandum of understanding for the films to be shot in Sarawak would be signed during the upcoming AIFFA here on April 9-11.
She said the highlight of the festival would be the AIFFA gala dinner and awards on April 11 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.
More than 50 films are vying for the awards.
Livan said 150 Asean and international film makers would be attending the festival, apart from the 200 expected celebrities from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, Myanmar, and Malaysia. – Bernama