The BMW Shorties, Malaysia’s most prestigious and longest running short film competition celebrates its 10th year anniversary in 2016. For the first time in its decade-long history, the short film competition receives its highest number of submissions with 115 short films.
At the judging earlier this month, the quality of short films received made it very difficult for the judges to keep their nominations to 10 finalist short films. Eventually the panel selected 12 short films to be contested in the competition this year, another first for the BMW Shorties.
The judges presiding over this year’s competition is a line-up of Malaysia’s top filmmaking virtuosos comprising commercial film maker Lina Tan; award-winning Malaysian film maker, Liew Seng Tat; and up and coming film maker and esteemed screenwriter, Nadira Ilana, renowned film editor and sound editor, Lee Chatametikool from Thailand as well as Yuni Hadi from Singapore, a refined film producer, author and curator specializing in the management of film and media projects.
One of the 12 finalists will win the grand prize award of a RM 75,000 production grant alongside promising prospects in the filmmaking industry. Other accolades for filmmaking potential include 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 12 finalists’ short films are up to contend for the People’s Choice Award which opens for public voting from the 30th November to 7th December, 2016 on bmwshorties.com.my.