Short film aficionados out there, this one’s ought to get your attention. BMW Group Malaysia has just announced the return of the BMW Shorties, which is the country’s premier short film competition. Each participant would have a shot at winning the RM75,000 pot, which also comes with a list of other distinguished awards, should you win of course.
This year’s theme is ‘Connections’, and BMW Shorties are asking Malaysians to challenge their story telling abilities by exploring the essential human need of being connected, whether with other human beings or with the world around us.
Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia Mr Alan Harris said, “In today’s world of hyper connectivity, the challenge for society is to be able to discern and consume value from the clutter. The theme of “Connections” thus seeks to challenge Malaysians to seek out and explore the meaning of the connections which we have to one another, to our nation or to our world, through their own original perspectives.”
The panel of judges will comprise of experts from Malaysia’s film making industry, including four-time BMW Shorties veteran and commercial film maker Lina Tan; feature film producer Nandita Solomon; actor, screenwriter, and director Bront Palarae; highest grossing Malaysian film director Chiu Keng Guan as well as one of Malaysia’s original and most celebrated short film directors, Tan Chui Mui.
Besides the RM75,000 production grant, the winner will be given recognition for his or her film making talent in a line-up of awards which includes Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Sound Engineering as well as the ever popular People’s Choice Award.
Entries for the BMW Shorties is now open. For all the budding short filmmakers out there, you have until the 3 November 2014 to submit your short film entries. For further information regarding the BMW Shorties and how to participate, visit the official BMW Shorties Facebook page or the official BMW Shorties website.
Best of luck, guys!