IT WAS a day to remember for every “Negara Ku” video contest participant when Orando Holdings threw a prize presentation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.
The 20 shortlisted videos in the finals were evaluated by six judges.
This is the culmination of a short video competition launched by Orando Holdings Sdn Bhd in conjunction with National Day.
The competition was open to all Malaysians and held over three months, with 12 cash prizes. The videos were under three-minute long.
Orando Holdings managing director Datuk Dr Eng Wei Chun was impressed by the videography skills, quality and creativity of the videos.
“I am overwhelmed by the response and amazed with the young talent we have in Malaysia.
“This shows that anyone and everyone can produce videos,” he said.
Guest-of-honour Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the patriotic spirit showcased in the videos was a good way to tell the world about Malaysia.
“The videos promote the country’s multicultural society. We have definitely come a long way.
“If all of us can do our part for the country, Malaysia will continue to be prosperous in years to come,” he said.
The winners of the Top 5 Facebook Shares and Top 5 Videos were rewarded with cash prizes totalling RM128,000.
Walking away with RM60,000 cash is grand-prize winner Hoshi Chuan, 28, who is over the moon. He will be sharing the prize money with his friend Lee Chin Guan who directed the video.
“I am speechless. This is our first time joining a video contest. Nothing can describe our feelings,” said Chuan.
When asked about the inspiration for the video, he said it was the vibrancy of Malaysia evident all around us.
“Some of the talents in our video were dancers, so we wanted to incorporate lots of action in the video clip.
“We thought of athletes running and cycling during their competitions. We had an idea of Malaysians coming together to cheer for our athletes like Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Datuk Nicol David.
“It took us about a month to film and edit, from the storyboard to completing the shoot and editing,” he added.
Present at the event were The Star editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh and social media celebrities Brandon Ho, Luqman Podolski, Arwind Kumar, Joe Chang and Azura Zainal.
Guests were served mouthwatering food and entertained with music and dance performances.
To watch the shortlisted videos, go to www.facebook.com/pg/OrandoHoldingsSdnBhd/videos/?ref=page_internal