UBD Student Short Films shine in the Inaugural Brunei Content Festival 2022
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In conjunction with the Brunei Digital Technology Week of Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYEC) 2022, the inaugural Brunei Content Festival was organised by Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI), with the support of RTBGo and Progresif Media. Brunei Content Festival is a competition platform to recognise local content creators, producers, directors, filmmakers, and art enthusiasts in the broadcasting sector and online streaming business, indicating AITI’s effort and purpose to encourage innovation and creativity in the field of content creation.  

Brunei Content Festival 2022 kicked off in mid-May with a nationwide open call for participation and concluded with an Award Night. UBD student short film Not Toaster (dir. Rahim Sofri) stood out and won the Best Short Film Award under Institute of Higher Learning (Open Category). Crew Members Rahim Sofri, Rafeatul Zaini, Dhiyaurrahman Suhaimi, Hisham Firdaus and Sulaiman Firdaus are current FASS students majoring in Design and Creative Industries (DCI). Not Toaster was a coursework submitted for AX-4301 Short Filmmaking Module last year. It had already won the Best Short Film Award in the over 10 and under 20 minutes category in the 4th PRISM UBD Short Film Festival December 2021.

Meanwhile, Syafi Halim who directed Kitani episode 6 (produced for Progresif Media webcasting via Syafi’s own production company New Wave Films) won Best Drama Award under Industry Category. 

In addition, three UBD short films made by three DCI students received nominations in three different competition categories. Fishing (dir. Arina Ahad) was nominated for Best Short Film Award under Institute of Higher Learning in Open Category, Lucid (dir. Norfadillah Tara Esa) was nominated for Best Concept Jury Award, and Tabooka (dir. Dzul Shamsol) was nominated for Best Cinematography Jury Award. All three short films were recently completed coursework submitted to AX-1202 Introduction to Screen Studies Module in April 2022.

The Brunei Content Festival 2022 competition is open to two categories: the Industry Category and the Open Category; and the Jury Awards. The winner of each Industry and Open Category received BND 2,000, while each winner of the Jury Award received BND 500. All winners receive a trophy and certificate of achievement. In the competition, a total of 72 entries were received and the judging process was conducted by a panel of experienced judges comprised of representatives from the broadcasting industry and institutions of higher learning in Brunei.

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