Friday, April 22, 2016

'Sarawak Movie in the Rainforests' short film competition

KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism Sarawak is inviting local youths aged 18 to 35 to compete in a short film competition named ‘Sarawak Movie in the Rainforests’ from Wednesday until July 15.

It is held in collaboration between Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (Azam) and Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) to promote the film industry in the state by encouraging participation of local talent.

Jepak BN candidate Datuk Talib Zulpilip said it is also to showcase Sarawak’s film making potential to movie makers from around the world.

“We want to dig up local talent. People overseas are more active than us. We believe we have local talent in filmmaking so this is the opportunity to showcase yourselves,” he told a press conference yesterday.

The competition is organised in conjunction with this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival in August as well as to consolidate the ‘rainforest’ brand for Sarawak’s tourism products.

It is also part of a coordinated approach in promoting and developing another special product of Sarawak, the flagship event of Asean International Film Festival and Awards (Aiffa) which the State had held twice biennially since 2013.

Talib said the first prize winner will bring home a cash prize of RM5,000 while the second and third prize winner will walk away with RM3,000 and RM1,500 respectively.

Three consolation winners will each receive a RM500 cash prize.