Festival showcases local filmmaking talents

The Design and Creative Industries (DCI) programme under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) held the 3rd edition of the PRISM UBD Short Film Festival at Lecture Hall 2 in the ICTC Building on Tuesday.

The event kicked off with a screening of a short film Balau by Bruneian Filmmaker Abdul Zainidi.

A roundtable discussion focussing on bridging the gap between industries and higher education institutions was also held. It was attended by academics from FASS, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the media industry representatives.

A total of 27 shortlisted works competed in seven categories this year: animation, commercial, comedy and family, thriller and horror, public service announcement (PSA), three-minute cinema (digital camera) and three-minute cinema (smartphone).

Deputy Dean of FASS Dr Kathrina Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Daud, DCI programme leader Dr Rui Oliveira Lopes, academic and administrative staff, students and filmmakers were also present.

Dean of Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia Dr Alexander J Fischer and media industry representatives, Acting Head of TV Programmes Division of Radio Television Brunei (RTB) Aminah binti Metali, Regalblue Production’s Harlif bin Haji Mohamad and Nurain Abdullah, Origin Artistic Management’s Dhimas Ananda, Brurealism Picture’s Abdul Zainidi, Filterworks Productions’ Aaqiil Ahmad, TV and film actress Mimi Rahzia, and Progresif Media’s Olivia Ong and Charlotte Lim attended as special guests.

The winners were: Voyager: 2100 (three-minute cinema by digital camera), Hot Honey Chicken Burger (commercial), Suara (comedy and family), Alluring (animation), Lethal League (thriller and horror), Cyberchondria (public service announcement), and Haunted (three-minute cinema by smartphone).

Meanwhile, the audience voted Haunted for the People’s Choice Award.

The 3rd edition of the PRISM UBD Short Film Festival award announcement in progress. PHOTO: UBD