Partnership to boost filmmaking


  • Education
  • Sunday, 12 Jan 2020

(Third and fourth left) Pradeep and Wang shake hands after the MoU signing ceremony as (from left) Latiffah, Neethiahnanthan and Lu look on.

TAYLOR’S University announced that Taylor’s School of Media and Communication (SOMAC) and the Beijing Film Academy Modern Creative Media College (BFAMCMC), are in a collaboration.

Taylor’s is the only university in Southeast Asia to partner BFAMCMC, in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will pave the way for research collaboration and mobility for staff and students in Taylor’s filmmaking and digital media production courses.

The partnership will also initiate one semester abroad at BFAMCMC for all Taylor’s Digital Media Production degree students, a dual award bachelor degree from Taylor’s University and BFAMCMC, and the integrated Master and PhD programmes. Additionally, BFAMCMC will lend international participation at the Taylor’s University Film Festival 2020.

“The international exposure to a global curriculum will enable our students and staff to gain unparalleled experiences that should further strengthen their resolve and hone their skills in the filmmaking industry, ” said Taylor’s University deputy vice-chancellor and chief academic officer Prof Dr Pradeep Nair at the MoU signing ceremony.

As an example of industry experience, Pradeep said that the university’s Digital Media Production students successfully organised the inaugural Taylor’s University Film Festival (TUFF) in 2019, the only student-led film festival in the country.

TUFF was warmly received by students and emerging filmmakers alike, garnering the support of local filmmakers and the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia and receiving over 50 submissions.

Ranked as one of the top global institutions for filmmaking, the Beijing Film Academy boasts an impressive roster of alumni, including world renowned directors, performers and actors such as Zhang Yimao, Chen Kaige, Liu Yifei, Zhao Wei and Huang Xiaoming. Known for its multiple achievements and awards in filmmaking, BFA today stands as one of the most reputable film academies in Asia offering multi-spectrum tertiary education in filmmaking, production, creation, teaching, research and technology.

In 2010, BFA established Beijing Film Academy Modern Creative Media College in Qingdao, a harbour city where the biggest film studio in Asia ‘Oriental Movie Metropolis’ is located.

“We are happy to partner with Taylor’s University and impart the right knowledge and skills to a talented pool of aspiring Malaysian filmmakers, ” said BFAMCMC vice president Prof Wang Chenglian.

Also at the MoU signing ceremony were Media Management Department dean Prof Lu Bin and programme leader Prof Ji Wei and Taylor’s University Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management executive dean Prof Dr Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan.

“Filmmaking is a global industry where expression, cultural understanding and exchange of thoughts and ideas are key.

“To ensure that our students can showcase their work on an international level, providing them with a strong foundation has always been a priority for us at SOMAC, ” said School of Media and Communication head Dr Latiffah Pawanteh. Through the partnership with BFAMCMC, she said it was hoped that the students would have the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the best names in the industry.

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