Penang student bags top prize for video about girlfriend’s hometown, Ipoh, and Perak

Winners of the insta-video category at the Youth Short Film Fest 2018 with their certificates and prizes.

PERAK feels like home, despite it not being Cheah Seang Hong’s home state.

And making a short film about it won him the top prize for the open category of the Ipoh Parade’s Youth Short Film Festival.

The 21-year-old Mass Communications student at a private university hails from Penang, but his video on Perak, titled “Home”, is about where the love of his life is from.

Together with his girlfriend Chong Xin Lin, also 21 and studying at the same university in Penang, the duo walked home with RM2,000 and other prizes.

“I not only showcased some of the destinations in Perak, but captured the culture, lifestyle and people.

“My girlfriend was featured in it, and Perak, especially Ipoh, feels like home to me,” he said after the awards ceremony at Ipoh Parade.

When asked what he planned to do with the cash prize, Cheah said he planned to buy camera and video gadgets.

“We will also set aside some money for the homeless,” he added.

The second place for this category went to Muhammad Irfan Muhammad Nizam for his clip titled “Apai”, while “Merdekaku in London” by Aras 2 Production, came in third.

The film festival was held as part of Ipoh Parade’s commitment to have continuous engagement with society, especially the youth.

The film festival, which was open for entries since June 18, had Persatuan Penggiat Filem Perak assisting Ipoh Parade adjudicating the film entries that were divided into three categories – open, amateur and insta-video.

For the amateur category, Muhammad Umar Akmal Zairul Hisham, 21, was announced as the winner for his clip titled “Roti Kosong”.

The diploma in screen student from UiTM said his video was about how everything changes, but the mamak shop remained unchanged.

“My video is about how a young couple meets at a mamak eatery, fall in love, get married, have kids and grow old.

“The male character first meets his girl while she is eating roti kosong, then when they have children, there is a variety of food on the table.

“Then as they grow older, the couple share their food, and later, his wife passes on, and the male character is just having kopi-o, which speaks about his loneliness,” he added.

Muhammad Umar walked home with RM2,000 in cash and other prizes as well.

The second place winner for this category was Ian Phang Khai En for his clip titled “A Journey to the Heart of Malaysia”, while Eliza Goh came in third for her video clip titled “Diabetes Awareness”.

For the insta-video category, David Lee Lek Wee, 19, was named the winner for his clip titled “ School Life, My Life”.

Lee said he made the video for fun. It shows how when the alarm rings, he gets up, showers, brushes his teeth and gets dressed for school.

“Then I see I have a few minutes before I leave and close my eyes on the sofa.

“The next thing I know it is already noon,” he says.

Lee said he was late for school sometimes, as he was often sleepy in the mornings.

The second place went to Henri Lee with his video “Eat it, Clean it”, while Eunice Chan won third place with the video “Why do we Love Malaysia”.

In a statement, Ara Asset Management Limited, which manages Ipoh Parade, country head June Lim said the film festival had been in the pipeline for a couple of years.

She said gone were the days where the film-making industry was dominated by a handful of grey-haired storytellers.

“Today we are seeing the younger generation taking the lead in the business world, as well as in the creative and artistic scene.

“As such, we are here to encourage and support them on their adventure through platforms like this film festival,” Lim added.

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