For nine years, the BMW Shorties have championed the short film genre in Malaysia. The BMW Shorties 2015 continued to do the same. Malaysia’s most prestigious and longest running short film competition once again awarded local short filmmakers for their talent in grand fashion too on 11 December 2015.
The BMW Shorties 2015 awarded ‘Fish’, a short film by Gan Yu Long as its ninth winner at the BMW Shorties 2015 Awards Night. In addition to the coveted title of the BMW Shorties 2015 Grand Prize Winner, Gan Yu Long will also receive RM 75,000 in production grant from BMW Group Malaysia as well as guidance and mentorship from the panel of judges to make his next professional short film.
Overall, ‘Fish’ also took home the award for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design and Best Production Design; and was nominated for the awards of Best Screenplay and Best Editing.
“Over the nine years of the BMW Shorties program, we have seen our past winners and participants successfully build careers in the Malaysian advertising and film industry,” said Mr. Alan Harris, Managing Director and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia. “They have gone on to achieve greater milestones in their passion for filmmaking either in Malaysia or abroad and we at BMW Group Malaysia are very proud to have been discovered them and provided them those opportunities.”
Harris added that with this year’s theme being ‘Change’, the judges have discovered that Malaysians have an abundance of creativity, passion, ideas and the ability to not only create good short films and great pieces of art but to also share conversations on social commentary and voice concerns through their art.
This year, Red Films, the production company led by judge Lina Tan have also awarded Winner of the Best Screenplay Award, Audrie Yeo and Fatimah Ruzaimi of the short film ‘Gigi’ a grant to produce a short film, which will later air on Feefo.TV.