We dropped by Encorp Strand Mall in Kota Damansara last weekend to witness proceedings at this year’s Kuala Lumpur 48 Hour Film Project (KL48HFP). Keanu Azman and Deric Ect report from the start and the end of the 48-hour period respectively.
Ready, Set, Go!
by Keanu Azman
LAST Friday, we got to see how things went down on the first day of KL48HFP at Encorp Strand Mall. It was a pretty wet evening which led to most participants arriving late!
The opening ceremony began with a briefing on rules and regulations from the KL48HFP’s city producer, Shahril Fahazmi Musa. Matters such as copyright was something Shahril strongly emphasized, and contestants were also reminded that late submissions would lead to eventual disqualification.
At exactly 8.15pm, it was time for genre-drawing. In KL48HFP, contestants have to make films based on the genre they receive.
Among genres drawn for the night were Holiday, Horror and Fantasy, to name a few. The facial expressions we got from contestants after drawing their genres were priceless — some seemed bummed out, others were quite the opposite.
Regardless of their genre, we can only guess how daunting it is to complete film within 48 hours.
Obtaining Sci-Fi from the draw, a member of Team Sa-Puluh Pictures stated, “Since it’s our first year joining the KL48HFP, we felt a tad bit relieved we didn’t get genres like musical or comedy. Getting sci-fi is quite challenging too because we really need to come up with a unique idea that isn’t cliched or predictable.”
Meanwhile, members from another team assigned Horror claimed that it could very well be harder for teams with seemingly-simpler genres as judges would have high expectations.
Also present in the sea of aspiring filmmakers was Sharifah Amani who shared with us her expectations for the competition.
“Since it’s my first time judging KL48HFP, what I would like is a story that is different, something that would challenge my mind; something with an idea that I have never heard of before A story that is powerful enough to stay in my mind even after watching it would also be nice,” Amani told us.
Then the clock struck ten thirty, contestants dispersed, and 48 hours of filmmaking began.
A Sunday of New Hope and Dashed Dreams
by Deric Ect
ON the West Wing of Encorp Strand Mall, a large congregation of families witnessed their sons and daughters receive year-end accolades for being good children. Pusat Asuhan Tunas Islam Subang‘s majlis ihtifal was taking place, but strangely enough, one could hear energetic dance music blaring from a short distance away.
Separated by a fountain and twenty metres of stone flooring, the East Wing of Encorp Strand Mall was a place these good folks did well to stay away from.
Here on the other side, somewhere around sixty young adults were present and rushing to get their submissions ready for the fourth edition of the KL 48 Hour Film Project (KL48HFP) — and you could feel the tension in the air.
A crowd was gathered in the middle of the East Wing; throngs of men and women piled around workstations with Apple Macintoshes and printers to do last-minute form-filling, editing and rendering. People filled the space as the clock ticked on; at one point at least a hundred people were present.
Amidst the countdown to the deadline projected on a screen, and clouds of vapour emitted from electronic cigarettes, contestants had to stay focused and also complete checklists to ensure their entries are fully eligible for KL48HFP.
Clearance of rights was paramount; the 48 Hour Film Project franchise has been around internationally since 2000, and winners will compete at Filmapalooza and also be selected for the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Any slip-up (e.g. using unauthorised audio) will result in disqualification.
Sharp at 10:30pm, the crowd burst into cheer. Simultaneously, all three collection boxes were removed from the table, replaced with a Late Submissions box.
This was a heartbreaking spectacle for a few remaining teams. Members of 5Production had their hands clasped together as seconds remain on the clock while waiting for their film to render, to no avail. All entries submitted after 10:30pm were disqualified for the main award categories.
“Kesian juga lah, especially given their effort for the last 48 hours,” observed KL48HFP City Producer Shahril Fahazmi Musa.
“But even though they’re late, we are still screening their film and it will still be eligible for the Best Poster Award and the Audience Choice Awards.”
That’s right — out of thirty-eight teams enrolled for the competition, four were disqualified for failing to make the deadline. All late entries have till 18 November to reach the KL48HFP team.
Entries will be reviewed by organisers to ensure that these works have complied with rules and regulations. Eligible films will then be judged by this year’s panel which includes actress Sharifah Amani and director Shamyl Othman on the morning of 23 November.