96 Hour Film Blitz seeks ‘secret ingredient’

Aziz Idris

The 96 Hour Film Blitz is back and participants are facing the most challenging task to date.

Brunei Film Blitz Festival Director Siti Kamaluddin announced the ‘secret ingredient’ at the Brunei Film Blitz official venue at Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia, Level 3 Athirah Plaza, Batu Satu yesterday.

The announcement marked the start of the competition. Participants have 96 hours to plan, shoot and edit a short film that is less than six minutes, and features the “secret ingredient.”

Unlike the previous competition, this year’s “secret ingredient” is not a physical item, rather it is conceptual and sees participants making films that are set 10 years in the future or past.

Siti Kamaluddin acknowledged the difficulty of this ingredient, but encouraged filmmakers to be creative and to explore established genres such as comedy, fantasy, mockumentary, music video or animation.

The 96 Hour Film Blitz is a unique gathering of elite Bruneian filmmakers who routinely create quality content for the screen. Over 30 entries were received this year.

The 96 Hour Film Blitz jury consists of Siti Kamaluddin, Dr Alex Fischer (Dean of the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia), Richard Barrett (Director of Faculty, Creative Industries – TAFE Queensland) and award winning Indonesian film composer Aghi Narrottama.

The films must be submitted to the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia on December 22 by 10am. The winner will be announced at the Brunei Film Blitz Gala Awards Night on December 28.

The three competitive categories are: Open category, the Islamic Short Film category and the 96 Hour Film Blitz. Winners of their respective categories will receive two return tickets to Seoul, Osaka and Gold Coast.

Brunei Film Blitz Festival Director Siti Kamaluddin in a group photo. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS