In its 12th year of observing local filmmakers through their works of short films, BMW Shorties narrowed the competition to be told through the theme, “Drive” that could interpreted in any perspective whether in the form of a physical journey, passion or even an adventure. From 22nd November to 7th December 2018, audiences can vote for their choice to win the People’s Choice Award from the selected range of shorties that can be viewed on the official website.
Since its inception in 2006, BMW Shorties began to establish as the longest-running short film competition in Malaysia and provided a spotlight for the stories created by Malaysians for Malaysians. Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications of BMW Group Malaysia describes the experience of providing this prestigious platform, “Since its creation, the BMW Shorties has been one of the most successful platforms in Malaysia for aspiring local filmmakers and digital content creators to share their artistic visions on Malaysian-made stories.
“This year, we are delighted to witness yet another pool of refreshing talent showcasing their passion for the art of film making and the creation of digital content, with our group of finalists representing the finest of such promise and potential,” she added.
This year the judges come from a background of filmmakers and film lovers; the BMW Shorties veteran judge and commercial filmmaker, Lina Tan; multiple award-winning filmmaker, Isazaly Mohd Isa; filmmaker and screenwriter, Nadira Ilana; award-winning filmmaker Tan Chui Mui; and storyteller and award-winning filmmaker, Quek Shio Chuan. The submissions are not limited and are in fact includes an unspecified domain of stories such as Burn by Kwokyong Ng and Lelaki Yang Dirindui by Ariff Zulkarnain.
Lelaki Yang Dirindui which stars Nam Ron and Alang Fadhli as a father and son duo on a journey somewhere together and are engaged in a dialogue (bordering towards a nag by a parent) with regards to the son’s plan for his own future. Equipped with an unexpected and humourous twist that challenges not only the perception on sexism but also on a familial bond during a problematic situation (also includes a cameo of the BMW 318i model in black).
Kwokyong Ng written and directed the visually impressive, Burn about a friendship between Hafiz (Syrul Ezwan) and Ah Jun (Uyou Kok) who is an effeminate man struggling with his identity while they both are on a chase from some thugs. A simple premise that is told by a specific tone of colour filtering the cinematography that is both whimsical and dark together with a gossamer soundtrack.
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