Three UBD Student Short Films Selected to be Part of ASIA RISING 2021 Screening

Three UBD student films Suara (2019), Bunga (2019) and Anak Ayah (2020) have been selected to be part of ASIA RISING 2021: Showcase of Short Films from Universities in ASEAN, Japan, Korea & China online screening scheduled from 1 to 9 April organised by NUS Centre for the Arts, National University of Singapore.

As a member of AUN Member Universities and ASEAN+3 University Network (ASEAN+3 UNet), UBD has been invited to submit up to three original short films, each of which should be no more than 20 minutes long and completed between 2019 and 2020 by students currently attending a university, to participate in the aforementioned event.

According to the organisers, 'there is a need to spur young filmmakers in ASEAN, Japan, Korea and China to pursue their craft of filmmaking and to establish platforms for the greater appreciation of the diversity of cultures and universality of human experience as seen through the lenses of young filmmakers.' Therefore, the theme of ASIA RISING 2021 is set as 'FRAGMENTS', which should be visually presented or related to in each selected short film.

After a jury panel review and deliberation, all the three UBD submitted films have been selected to be part of ASIA RISING 2021 screening, and all of them have received warm praise and reaction from the organisers, as one organiser recognised: 'I just watched the 3 films submitted and they were wonderfully made, full of heart and technically strong. It made the work of vetting films feel less like work.'

The three short films are all made as module assignments for three different screen media production modules offered by Design and Creative Industries (DCI) Programme under Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at UBD. The three groups of filmmakers are all current students major in DCI.

In particular, The Suara crewmembers are: Awg Muhammad Iqbal bin Haji Masmin, Dyg Nur Izzatul Hanani binti Mohammad Hanifah, Dyg Afiqah Khairiyah binti Haji Adnan.

The Bunga crewmembers are: Awg Haji Abdul Hanis @Haji Muhammad Hanis bin Awang Haji Hashim, Awg Mohammad Izzuddin bin Haji Jali, Ak Muhammad Khairul Rahim bin Pengiran Haji Sofri, Awg Azman Fontanilla bin Ahmad.

Anak Ayah Crew members are: Awg Mohammad Quzaimi bin Abdul Rahim, Awg Muhammad Iqbal bin Haji Masmin, Awg Akmal Muhammad Haziq bin Ros Ketina, Awg Muhammad Dhiyaurrahman bin Suhaimi, Ak Mohammad Hisham Firdaus bin Pengiran Haji Mohd. Fitri.

Suara has represented Brunei to compete in the 3rd Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children (SEAVFC) 2019 and won the 2nd place runner-up accolade in the Amateur Category of SEAVFC2019 on 30th November 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Bunga has been officially selected to attend the Australia Now ASEAN Competition at the 29th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival from 10th to 19th January 2020, in Bondi Beach, Sydney, as well as the following national tour from January to May 2020 across Australia.

The programme for ASIA RISING 2021: Showcase of Short Films from Universities in ASEAN, Japan, Korea & China online screening is currently finalising and the viewing link and instructions will be provided by the organiser soon in due course.  ASIA RISING 2021 screening is a prelude to the AUN CA 'Crosslight' Film Festival, which is scheduled to happen in July 2021.

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