AIFFA 2015-AZAM short film competition offers increased cash prizes

Sarawak youths vying for the top awards in the AIFFA 2015-AZAM short film competition launched last month, can now look forward to more attractive cash prizes.

Jaffri Amin from Worldcomm (third left) receives a mock cheque from Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd General Manager Alexius Barieng, witnessed by YBhg. Datu Ik Pahon anak Joyik (in the middle), Permanent Secretary of, Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, Miss Rosalind Yang Misieng, AZAM General Manager, (third right) and Livan Tajang, the Festival Director (second left), look on. Also seen in the photo are Mary Wan Mering, the Principal Assistant Secretary (far right) and Connie Christopher Kesa, Assistant Secretary (far left) of Ministry of Tourism Sarawak

Jaffri Amin from Worldcomm (third left) receives a mock cheque from Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd General Manager Alexius Barieng, witnessed by Datu Ik Pahon Joyik (fourth left),  AZAM General Manager Rosalind Yang Misieng, (third right) and Festival Director Livan Tajang (second left), look on. Also seen in the photo are Mary Wan Mering, the Principal Assistant Secretary (right) and Connie Christopher Kesa, Assistant Secretary (left) of Ministry of Tourism Sarawak

The top 3 prizes are now RM5, 000 for the 1st place, RM2, 500 for the 2nd place and RM1, 500 for the third place winner. The previous amounts were RM2, 000, RM1, 500 and RM1, 000 respectively.

The raise in the cash prizes is made possible with the participation of an additional sponsor for the contest, Faradale Media-M Sdn. Bhd. or FMM, in emulating the example set by the first sponsor, Sarawak Energy Berhad, SEB to provide incentives for local young film makers. FMM is a Sarawak based event management and publishing company. It is one of the organisers’ objectives to encourage the corporate and private sectors to support efforts at growing the local film industry.

Organised in conjunction with the 2nd ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards, AIFFA to be held from 9-11 April this year in Kuching, the competition invites Sarawak youths (aged 18-30) or budding film-makers to submit short film entries showcasing the best that Sarawak could offer in terms of culture, events, nature, business, the arts and other unique qualities of the state, for a global audience.

Each entry, on the theme of “Awesome Sarawak”, should be 3-5 minutes only (including film credits) and captures the diversity and beauty of all things Sarawak that could draw visitors to the state.

All categories and genres of short film (duration 3 to 5 minutes) are accepted, including drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi, documentary, experimental and music videos.

The competition closes on March 26, 2015. Winners will be announced in April.

All the participants will also have an opportunity (provided with participants’ passes) to attend seminar/workshop sessions featuring international iconic/established film industry professionals during the AIFFA 2015 event.

Entries would eventually be posted on various online channels or websites belonging to AIFFA and, AZAM Sarawak not only to promote Sarawak as a tourist and film-makers’ destination, but also to provide greater exposure for the local youth talents and work to international audiences.

Meanwhile, the organizers are also inviting youths aged 18 and above to volunteer for the AIFFA 2015 event. Among the tasks of such volunteers will be assisting the secretariat in the running of the seminars and workshops and to coordinate visitors coming for the event. Preferred volunteers are those with good command of the English language, with mature character.

More information on the short film competition and on volunteering for the AIFFA 2015 event could be obtained from Kerry/Hakim (AZAM Sarawak) at 082-411799 or e-mail: [email protected][email protected]

You also can check out AIFFA website, www.aiffa2015.com for more details.

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