LOCAL FILMS ON THE RISE
ONE of the surest ways to produce the best creative work is when you’re under pressure. Creatives that have worked and lived to tell the tale can attest to that with their own experience — working on projects with tight deadlines puts the brain into overdrive, giving creatives the discipline and clarity of mind to be able to produce their best work in a short timeframe.
The Brunei Film Blitz is such an event that brings out the creativity and willpower of its participants because they are given a short amount of time to complete a short film. The competition also received a great response with nearly 60 registered participants.
The curtain came down on two winners of the Film Blitz: Adam and Liyana Hanif bagged the grand prize for the 48-Hour Film Blitz Challenge while Visionary Project won the top prize for the Open Category. Malek Razak earned himself a Special Jury Mention for the 48-Hour Film Challenge. The finale took place at the Empire Hotel and Country Club on New Year’s Eve.
As proud supporters of the first Film Blitz, we’re happy to bring to you three of the award-winning films and two others that caught the eye of our film judges.
BRUNEI FILM BLITZ 48-HOUR CATEGORY
ADAM and Liyana won the grand prize for the 48-Hour Film Challenge after dazzling audiences with their short film, ‘Black Cat’. ‘Black Cat’ details the journey of a girl living with an obsessive compulsive disorder who, following a series of peculiar events, undergoes a shift in her life.
BLACK CAT BY ADAM AND LIYANA HANIF
BRUNEI FILM BLITZ OPEN CATEGORY WINNERS
AFTER five years in the wedding and commercial video business, filmmaker Amirul Jazli and his crew decided it was time to join the big leagues and make artistic films. The team took the grand prize in the Brunei Film Blitz Open Category for their horror short ‘Selamat Malam’. The film (which means ‘Good Night’ in English) starts with four friends on a camping trip. For the sake of pure entertainment, they took on a challenge to tell each other horror stories to see which one was the scariest.
SELAMAT MALAM BY VISIONARY PROJECT
BRUNEI FILM BLITZ SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
ASPIRING filmmaker Malik Razak captivated audiences and judges with his short film ‘Wish You Were Here’, with its melancholic tale of loneliness and grief. Throughout the film, young man tries to talk to his mother who doesn’t reciprocate her son’s attempts for dialogue. Later, we find that this is not a narrative about family communication but about a man grieving. Malik’s efforts in producing a quality film earned him the Special Jury Mention in the competition’s 48-hour Category.
WISH YOU WERE HERE BY MALIK RAZAK
SABINE BY VISIONARY PROJECT
Sabine tells a story of a fictitious tourist (named Sabine) from Noisy in France. She begins her journey into the Sultanate from the airport to Kg Ayer. Throughout the film, she progressively learns that about values that Bruneians hold with utmost importance such as family, hospitality and love. Although this film didn’t win any awards, it won the hearts of judges because it was able to imbue its storytelling with highlights of the values that make Brunei unique.
HUNDRED GRAND BY DAILY PRODUCTIONS
A Hundred Grand certainly holds its weight in terms of length and storyline. The 11-minute film is a part-action and part-crime thriller with different plots that combine in a one flowing narrative.
Alik, the story’s main character, is a compulsive gambler who is burdened with debt. He resorts to extreme measures and somehow finds redemption after stealing from a rich man who also stole from other. This film is featured because it showed that Bruneians were capable of combining multiple narratives and good cinematography skills to produce a final product.
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