Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival 2015 set to be biggest film feast

KOTA KINABLU: The Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival (KKIFF) 2015, which will be held in June, will be offering the biggest feast of films for movie-lovers since it first started in 2009.

KKIFF 2015 festival director Jude Day disclosed that more than 50 movies from 14 different countries covering comedy, drama, animation, shorts, documentaries and true stories will be screened during the week-long event.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Jude said that among the countries participating are Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Argentina, Brazil, Georgia, France, Germany, Spain and the United States of America.

Jude added that the popularity of KKIFF had grown to a level where some of the foreign embassies had called to ask if award winning films from their respective countries could be screened in the festival.

Jude said that the screening has been divided to DOCS+ and World Movie nights on June 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11 and World Movie Day on June 6.

“DOCS+ is an opportunity for filmmakers in the ASEAN region to screen their films. This year, we have a fantastic selection of shorts and feature-length films, showing on June 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 6pm.

“These include the award-winning documentary Nick and Chai, which is about a couple who lost all their children in Typhoon Haiyan. This film was able to be completed with funding that one of the directors got at the KKIFF 2014, so we are delighted to be screening it at this year’s festival,” she said.

According to Jude, the director, Cha Escala, will be present at the screening to answer questions afterwards.

Another award-winning film that will be shown is Children’s Show, directed by Roderick Cabrido, she said, adding that the director had the idea for this fiction film after he had made a documentary about the same topic, where children were being trained to take part in bare-fist fighting as part of a gambling racket.

“This is something that really happens in Manila! Roderick will be at the screening of Children’s Show to take any questions that you might have about this shocking story. The directors of another film will also be coming for the screening of their film: ‘What’s So Special About Rina?’ Made in Brunei, this comedy is the first feature-length film from our small neighbour since 1968! The DOCS+ programme also features short films from Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia,” she pointed out.