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Film Festival Set To Highlight Undergraduate Film Makers

Last update: 09/12/2009
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Unity in Diversity... UniMAP Vice Chancellor, Brig Jen Datuk Dr. Kamarudin Hussin says entries for the Seventh Malaysian Student Film and Video Festival (FFVPM7) must highlight the unity concept, elements of harmonious living and the lives of the dynamic plural society in Malaysia.Pic:Rushdan Manan
By Nurul Halawati Azhari

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Seventh Malaysian Student Film and Video Festival (FFVPM7) is set to see aspiring young talents trying to etch their name in the highly competitive film industry.

The (FFVPM7) hosted by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) with a RM300,000 budget from the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) will take place on 15-16 Jan 2010.

The festival that was first organised by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)in 2003 is an annual event now serving as the benchmark for amateur film and video production for the public and private higher learning institutions.

According to UniMAP's vice chancellor Brig Gen Datuk Professor Dr Kamarudin Hussin, both the public and private institutions of higher learning take turns to organise the film festival.

The FFVPM provides the best avenue to apply the knowledge that the undergraduates have acquired and at the same time identify potential talents from this group.

"It is also in line with the goals of the National Film Policy to develop the human capital in this field, especially among the undergraduates.

Also, the festival can help overcome negative and myopic connotations that films are for entertainment only and something linked to debauchery.

"The fact is, films can encourage openness and a deep sense of responsibility by highlighting cultural values, national heritage and history. The negative interpretations must be altered to a new interpretation in the wider perspective, positively and objectively," he added.

THE CREATIVITY IN INTERPRETING THE THEME

Other than appreciating the undergraduates' creative output, the film making process also evaluates how far the younger generation are capable of applying their knowledge to interpret the chosen theme 'Towards One Malaysia' (Ke Arah Persada 1 Malaysia).

Dr Kamarudin noted that all the submissions made to the festival must include the unity concept, elements of harmonious living and the lives of the dynamic plural society in Malaysia.

The theme must be interpreted in the storyline or video as a creative cinematography statement.

"The theme's narrative must include the concept, idea, the way of thinking and creative approach in highlighting the way of life or the cultural and social realities of the various races in the country," he explained.

REACHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY

He is confident that the FFVPM7 in Perlis will see more members of the public patronising the event as the festival will be held outside the UniMAP campus.

The chosen main location is the old Capitol theater building that will be used as the exhibition venue and the place to hold demonstrations and film shows.

"This is the difference that UniMAP wants to put forth unlike previously where the event was held within campus grounds. As we have chosen a location outside, thus the audience is no longer restricted to undergraduates only and the public too will benefit from the event.

Though UniMAP does not offer courses relating to film or drama, Dr Kamarudin is confident with his students' ability especially in the field of multimedia that will enable their participation in the festival.

Dr Kamarudin also hoped that the FFVPM7 would serve as a catalyst in developing the students' capabilities in film and video making and animation.

ENTRIES ARE STILL OPEN

The festival also gives recognition on the works undertaken by undergraduates through awards.

The awards are for the Best Short Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Animation, Best Advertisement Film, Best Experimental Film and Video, Best Video Clip, Best Promising Director, Best Editor, Best Art Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Script, Best Costume, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Graphic and the Special Jury Award.

The festival encourages high quality creative work among undergraduates in the field of education or film production, communication and multimedia.

Through this festival, the participants can enhance their communication and interactive skills.

Dr Kamarudin noted that the entries were still open and the organisers have been receiving entries from institutions of higher learning from all over the country. The closing date is Dec 24.

He suggested that FINAS or SENIMAN (Actors Guild) could make use of the festival to identify undergraduates with potential in this field.

For further information please see or contact the secretariat at 04-9798759/ 9798720 (Perlis) or 03-26941626 (KL).

-- BERNAMA