Students’ short film to be screened at Sydney festival

Aziz Idris

Bunga, a 10-minute short film produced and directed by four students in their mid 20’s; Hanis Hashim, Izzuddin Jali, Rahim Sofri, and Azman Fontanilla, from the Design and Creative Industries (DCI), under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) will be screened before an international audience at the 29th FLiCKERFEST International Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia next January.

It tells a delicate story about a schoolgirl, who feels emotionally neglected by her father, and encounters something attached to her memory that gradually bonds her families together.

“This comes very unexpected as we were just trying to have fun while shooting the film for our course project,” said Izzuddin, producer and co-director of Bunga, adding that it took only three-days of shooting and another two-days editing.

The short film was initially made as part of their module under AX-2304 Film, TV and New Media Production. He attributed this opportunity to their lecturer, Dr Yong Liu of UBD who said that Bunga had a lot of potential and decided to bring it for viewing at Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia.

Before Bunga being submitted to FLiCKERFEST 2020, award-winning Australian film producer Samantha Laidlaw and film educator Jed Cahill from TAFE (technical and further education) Queensland, gave the four student filmmakers a mentorship session at Mahakarya.

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show stills from the short film Bunga

“We were aiming to screen it at the ASEAN Film Festival (in Bangkok, Thailand) but Mahakarya pushed for FLiCKERFEST International Short Film Festival… and the rest, it’s history!,” explained Izzudin.

Four short films from Brunei, one from Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia and three from UBD were submitted under the Australia Now ASEAN category.

Bunga stands out from the other submissions and became the sole representative of Brunei in FLiCKERFEST 2020.

This is the first time, with the support of the Australian Government, FLiCKERFEST Short Film Festival features a special category for filmmakers from ASEAN countries to compete for the AUD1,000 award.

“We are thankful that the film is accepted for screening at FLiCKERFEST. This is already a big achievement for us but I think there is still a long way to go in our film-making journey,” said Izzuddin.

FLiCKERFEST is Australia’s leading Academy®-accredited and BAFTA-recognised International Short Film Festival and showcases the works of amateur and professional filmmakers from around the world.