Promoting Penang on film

(From left) ‘The Love of Penang’ contest winners Miki Lee, 20, Goh and Sharon Tan, 21, showing their prizes. — Photo: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

TWO mainlanders who spent a day exploring Penang island ended up winning ‘The Love of Penang’ short film contest 2019.

Programmer Ng Jia Wei, 26, came out tops while graphic designer Kelly Goh, 26, finished third in the competition themed ‘The Element of Penang Culture’.

Goh took one day to film places like the Esplanade, Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple, and then spent three more days editing the footage.

“My focus is on interesting tourist attractions and delicious local food.

“Both of us are from the mainland and we decided to check out Penang island in hope that it will serve something different, ” said Goh during the prize presentation ceremony at Prestige Hotel in Penang on Monday.

She said Ng could not attend the ceremony as she was working in Singapore.

Penang tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the competition was relevant in the digital era.

“It has become a trend for people to showcase a destination on social media platforms.

“With international travel restrictions now, we should take advantage of technology to show locals as well as international audiences what the Pearl of the Orient can offer.

“Promoting Penang’s art, culture and heritage will help stimulate the creative economy which in turn will boost competitiveness, productivity and employment.

“I hope more Penangites will join the creative economy community and explore its limitless nature, ” he said in his speech.

Fast Rent Bike (Penang) director Ken Yeoh said the competition was held to unleash the creativity of youths.

“Videos and images are able to reflect aspects of our daily lives.

It is important for us to encourage youths in this tech-savvy lifestyle.”

Event project manager Leow Tirng Weei, 35, said the top seven winners were picked from 50 entries.

“The participants are aged between 16 and 25.

“We invited professional video- graphers, partners and sponsors to choose the winners, ” he said.

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