‘Potret’ wins Finas’ Jom Buat Filem Pendek competition
Fantasy short film ‘Potret’ won the Jom Buat Filem Pendek movie awards on Sunday (Nov 20), taking the best film prize and honours for leading actress Susanthike Liam and director Joshua Rapheal Justin.
The short film also earned a special award for Best Creativity for incorporating state-of-the-art interpretive active film elements including sets, locations, actors, lighting, props and costume.
‘Potret’ is about a man whose love of drawing – especially supernatural beings – eventually leads him to meeting an elf in his dream.
“We are extremely proud of ourselves for winning awards for our first short film.
“I earned a lot of experience throughout this programme and I made use of everything I learned at Sekolah Seni Malaysia Sarawak (SSeM) together with my friends – the actors and actresses. The incredible result was overwhelming and this really mean a whole lot to us,” said Joshua, 15, from Kota Marudu, Sabah.
The aspiring Kadazan-Dusun filmmaker, who is also furthering his studies in music at SSeM, led his team of 11 actors and actresses to win four awards: Best Actress (Susanthike Liam), Best Director (Joshua Rapheal Justin), Special Award (Creativity) and Best Film at the inaugural event.
The event was held in conjunction with the first ever ‘Jom Buat Filem Pendek’ programme organised by the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (Finas) in collaboration with SSeM and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
Shooting films were highlights of the three-day (Nov 18 to 20) programme which aimed at encouraging the younger generation statewide to develop keen interest in filmmaking.
“This programme provides an excellent platform for students to showcase their amazing talents in arts and culture, especially in making films. It is a proof to show that the quality of skills in various fields of art and showmanship of students at SSeM here are high.
“We encourage continuous support for any programmes that will help to hone talents among our younger generation, as these are the people who will become our future leaders and I hope to see Sarawak will be under the leadership of those who are capable in various fields including arts and culture,” said Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications) Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi in his officiating speech at the closing ceremony of the programme held at the school auditorium yesterday (Nov 20).
Dr Abdul Rahman also hopes that this programme will become an annual event for the state.
“Such noble efforts need to continue in our hope to produce more filmmakers of the highest quality and calibre from the state that will then help to strengthen our position in the international film industry,” he added.
Several awards were presented to the students at the event including Best Script for the short film titled ‘Karma’, Best Art Direction (‘Engkeromong’), Best Sound Arrangement (‘Putus’), Best Supporting Actor (Mohd Hariz Azneil), Best Supporting Actress (Alisa Angeli), Best Actor (Marivean John), Best Actress (Susanthike Liam), Best Director (Joshua Raphael Justin), Special Award Local Content (‘Kuntau’), Special Award Creativity (‘Potret’) and Best Film (‘Potret’). All winners received trophies.
The audience was entertained by music and dance performances from the school students including a musical theatre entitled ‘Raja Rimba’, a production which SSeM was awarded second place at the 2016 International Talent Theatre Festival in Spain.
Also present were SSeM principal Maseli Idi, teachers, officers from Finas, and Unimas lecturers.