For the first time in its history, the BMW short film competition receives its highest number of submissions this year, with 115 short films.
The quality of short films received made it very difficult for the judges to keep their nominations to 10 finalist short films. Eventually. the panel selected 12 short films to be contested in the competition this year, another first for the BMW Shorties.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, SashiAmbi, Head of Corporate Communications of BMW Group Malaysia said, “Over the years, the BMW Shorties program has become a solid platform for young aspiring film talents in Malaysia to showcase their passion for this art form and to get a career start in the industry here.”
Sashi added that it has been a humbling experience for BMW Group Malaysia to be able to share the passion, the commitment and talent of the filmmakers with fellow Malaysians. He said, “This year, our theme ‘Journey’ does not only celebrate our decade-long milestone, but also reflects the success this initiative continues to enjoy.”
The judges presiding over this year’s competition is a line-up of Malaysia’s top filmmaking virtuosos comprising commercial filmmaker Lina Tan; award-winning Malaysian filmmaker, Liew Seng Tat; and up and coming filmmaker and esteemed screenwriter, Nadira Ilana, renowned film editor and sound editor, Lee Chatametikool from Thailand as well as YuniHadi from Singapore, a refined film producer, author and curator specializing in the management of film and media projects.
Lina Tan, who sits on the BMW Shorties judging panel for the sixth time this year, said, “In my years of being aBMW Shorties judge, the judging process this year is by far the most challenging one due to the drastically improved quality observed in most of the submissions. The entries brought with them such a diversity of approaches to filmmaking alongside an impressive quality such which demanded an exceptionally critical deliberation from the judging panel.”
Nadira Ilana, who joins the judging board for the first time, commented, “I am impressed with the maturity communicated by many of the participating filmmakers in their productions. It was very refreshing to see passion portrayed through bold storytelling in the film entries. This proves the abundance of creativity out there – filmmaking talent who simply need a platform like the BMW Shorties to support them in establishing legacies in the art of film creation.”
Lee Chatametikool, a celebrated film and sound editor, observed, “Aside from the impressive competence displayed through the film submissions, there is a local flavour in many of the creations which is unique to Malaysia. Given the opportunity, I believe that this local narrative – internalized by so many of the BMW Shorties entrants – will bring the Malaysian filmmaking industry to new heights in the international scene as well as unlock its potential in shaping a generation through film production.”
One of the12 finalists will win the grand prize award of a RM 75,000 production grant alongside promising prospects in the filmmaking industry. Other accolades for filmmaking potential include Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Sound Design as well as the ever popular People’s Choice Award.