BMW Group Malaysia today announced the 12th edition of the BMW Shorties, Malaysia’s most established and longest running short film competition. I remember covering the shorties back when it was first introduced and it’s amazing to see how far this competition has come and how many talents it has helped elevate.
Over the course of those years, the level of quality has certainly been raised as more filmmakers put their creative thoughts and vision to work in the hopes of winning the competition. If you were to go back and search some of the earlier years works compared to the most recent you will immediately see how high the bar has been raised. Despite this, one true element has remained with BMW Shorties films and that is unbridled passion for filmmaking.
“The BMW Shorties prides itself as the platform for the best filmmaking talents in Malaysia to share their creative visions, woven into their Malaysian-made stories, explains Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications, BMW Group Malaysia.
“With more than 840 short film entries received since the competition’s inception in 2006, the BMW Shorties welcomes another milestone year of discovering up-and-coming talent in the digital and cinematic arts, underpinned by BMW Group Malaysia’s belief in blending artistic craft with forward-looking innovation, to inspire new ways of thinking and living,” he adds.
Returning for its 12th year, the theme for this year’s BMW Shorties is “DRIVE”. To have drive is to be relentlessly compelled to achieve a goal. This urge is innate and motivated by more than passion. It takes ambition.
“Drive is the quality that elevates artists to craftsmen, making it the hallmark of all true innovators. Ever since the BMW Group was founded, innovation has been one of the main success factors for the company. We spearhead innovations that move people, much like the many filmmakers we have had the pleasure of elevating for the past 11 years,” added Ambi.
This year’s line-up of judges consists of top names in the local filmmaking industry, namely BMW Shorties veteran and commercial filmmaker, Lina Tan; multiple award-winning filmmaker, Isazaly Mohd Isa; filmmaker and screenwriter, Nadira Ilana; award-winning filmmaker Tan Chui Mui; and rising storyteller and filmmaker, Quek Shio Chuan.
This year, the production grant has been increased to RM 80,000 for the grand prize winner of the BMW Shorties short film competition. Recognition for film making talent will also be awarded in an extensive range of supporting categories, including 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.
The BMW Shorties is open for entries from 30th August 2018 and aspiring short filmmakers will have until Friday, 26th of October 2018 to submit their short film entries.