Friday, April 25, 2014

KK International Film Festival back in June

KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival (KKIFF) 2014 is back, with more local and international films and documentaries that will suit avid mountain climbers, environmentalists, comedy lovers and people from all walks of life.

KKIFF 2014, which will be held at the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) from June 1-12, is divided into three components – making films, talking about films and watching films.

KKIFF falls under the umbrella of the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu (SPArKS).

The film festival is co-organized by SPArKS and Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA).

Movie buffs will be pleased to know that DOCS+, an activity under KKIFF, will hold screenings of 12 short and feature length films at JKKN Auditorium on June 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Festival director Jude Day said the 12 films were submitted by filmmakers from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Myanmar.

Screenings start at 5pm on the above mentioned dates and admission is free.

The three feature films that will be screened under DOCS+ are Romeo & Juliet (June 6), Cuak (June 10) and A Step In The Right Direction (June 12).

Set in Jakarta, Indonesia, Romeo & Juliet is a love story between two different football club supporters.

Cuak, on the other hand, is a Malaysian movie that was recently released in our country in February. It is about a man having second thoughts as he goes through the events leading up to his marriage, and making tough decisions such as converting to Islam to get married.

“Cuak is unique as it is told by five directors, each director a section in different styles,” she said in a press conference here yesterday.

Also present at the press conference were SEDIA assistant vice president of marketing and corporate communications Jesi Jolumis Majungki, Counsellor from the Consular Office of Japan Hirofumi Morikawa and SPArKS president Roger Wang.

Meanwhile, A Step In The Right Direction is a documentary directed by a Sabahan, who is now based in Tasmania.

The film explores the character Aaron Matthews who killed two people and injured another outside a night club in Hobart, Australia, and the aftermath of that night.