The BMW Shorties celebrates 13 years with Uncharted

by TMR

BMW Group Malaysia yesterday announced the 13th installment of the BMW Shorties short film competition.

BMW Group head of corporate communications Sashi Ambi said the competition has discovered more than 900 talents for the film and digital content industry in the last 12 years.

“As Malaysia’s most established and celebrated short film competition, the BMW Shorties will continue to provide emerging filmmakers and digital content creators with a platform to express their creativity once again this year.

“We are proud to be part of countless milestones achieved by the alumni the BMW Shorties has cultivated since 2006. We are excited to discover more talents from BMW Shorties 2019,” he said.

The theme for the 13th edition is “Uncharted”. The grand discovery and the celebration of pursuit, the theme symbolises the perfect combination of curiosity and tenacity.

“Our aim with Uncharted is to allow the creative minds of our nation the freedom to explore. When we first introduced the BMW Shorties 13 years ago, we had waded through uncharted waters to give an opportunity to local up-and-coming film talent when opportunity was not present.

“That unprecedented leap ahead by BMW Group has and continues to elevate undiscovered filmmakers and digital content creators so that they may also chart new frontiers in the industry for the future,” Sashi added.

This year’s line-up of judges comprises award-winning filmmakers and veterans of the local film industry.

They include Saw Teong Hin (Puteri Gunung Ledang and Rise: Ini Kalilah); Indrani Kopal (The Game Changer and Incarcerated Rhythm), Amanda Nell Eu (Lagi Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu), and panel advisors for the National Film Development Corp — Nadira Ilana (The Silent Riot) and Adrian Teh (Ice Kacang Puppy Love and Paskal The Movie).

Indrani commended the BMW Shorties for providing a platform to empower talents in this industry, and as such, a great number of quality contents have come out of it.

“With this year’s participants, I hope to see quality narrative, and I think it is important that they are not intimidated to tell their stories,” she said.

Sharing her sentiments, Eu added: “I hope to see this year’s participants take a lot of risks when it comes to narrative, style or genre; perhaps a retelling in a fresh perspective or a vision that is unexpected — a bold, new voice.

“The Malaysian film industry needs someone who is not afraid to be themselves and who will say things the way they want to say it.” Nadira said storytelling is a powerful tool that the current generation of filmmakers today have the privilege to wield, so being vocal and unapologetic in the things they create is essential.

The BMW Shorties 2019 will award the grand prize winner a production grant worth of RM80,000.

Recognition for filmmaking 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, Best Sound Design and the People’s Choice Award, along with this year’s new category for Best Student Award.

The BMW Shorties is open for entries from yesterday and aspiring filmmakers as well as digital content creators will have until Oct 11, 2019, at 6 pm to submit their entries.

For further information on the BMW Shorties and how to participate, visit the official BMW Shorties website at