Daily Express, 26 July 2014 - RM45,000 prizes await winners in the first Sabah Screen Fest

Daily Express, 26 July 2014 -
RM45,000 prizes await winners in the first Sabah Screen Fest

by Larry Ralon

KOTA KINABALU: Some RM45,000 worth of prizes, including cash, await winners of the inaugural Sabah Screen Fest 2014 being organised by the Resource Development and Information Technology Ministry.

There are two categories privided in the contest, namely School and Open, and the last date of submission of short film, video documentary and advertisement materials is on Oct 10.

Announcing this at a press conference held at the Ministry here Friday, Minister Datuk Siringan Gubat said the festival themed “Identity” is meant to give opportunity to those involved in the creative industry to have their work and creativity be screened, particularly short film, documentary and advertisement.

He said this is apart from opening a new avenue for the school students to get involved in the creative industry, and thus it would prepare them to venture into the field in future.

The fest is also meant to give recognition to those whose works are adjudged as winners in the programme and indirectly help uplift the status of the State’s creative industry.

“The contest is actually just part of the activities of the three-day festival, which will also involve a seminar and workshop, as well as exhibition.  It will be highlighted with an awards night ceremony,” he said.

The awards night will be held at the National Arts and Culture Department auditorium on Nov. 13, at 7.30pm.

Siringan said the open category provides for three sub-categories, namely shortfilm, documentary and advertisement.

He said the school category offers prizes for short film and animation works by primary and secondary schools, respectively.

The category also offers special short film awards for the Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor and Best Actress, while the special award for animation is for the Best Script, Best Character, Best Graphic and Best Sound Effect.

The participation is open to whoever is interested, he said, adding the school category is open to all types of schools in the country, while the open category is open to all Malaysians in Sabah.

The forms are available at www.screenfest.my and the submission must include two DVD copies of the work should be sent to the Permanent Secretary, Resource Development and Information Technology Ministry, 10th Floor, Wisma Bandaraya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu (u.p: Puan Moira David).

Those seeking more information can also communicate with Moira via moira.david@sabah.gov.my or disney.edwardlai@sabah.gov.my.

To a question, Siringan said the Ministry has very high expectation for the programme not only because it is the first time being held in the State but also it will be a benchmark in terms of quality of materials submitted for contest.