Call to strengthen local creative industry

Aziz Idris

Members of the local creative industry are encouraged to tap into the multi-billion dollar global market by showcasing the essence of Brunei to the world.

The call was made by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin during a graduation ceremony for the first batch of Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia (MIAA) students at The Empire Brunei yesterday.

He believed that locals must internationalise the local creative industry to thrive by advising graduates to “never stop believing in yourself, and continue to expand the film (and creative) industry”.

He thanked MIAA for providing a platform for aspiring young filmmakers to hone their craft and support the pool of local talents in the field.

Co-founders of MIAA, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hajah Nurul Amal Munjiatul Athirah binti Pengiran Sura Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Bey Muntassir and film director Siti Kamaluddin were also present.

Co-founder of MIAA Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hajah Nurul Amal Munjiatul Athirah binti Pengiran Sura Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Bey Muntassir and the minister in a group photo. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

MIAA partnered with TAFE Queensland (Australia) to design a screen and media programme specific to Brunei.

Five graduates were awarded Diplomas of Screen and Media at the ceremony.

Dean of Mahakarya Dr Alex Fischer said, “The graduating students have over 1,280 hours of skills based training.

“It will be the foundation for their careers and afford them a distinct advantage in this highly competitive industry.”

Siti Kamaluddin, meanwhile, encouraged the graduates to work with local filmmakers and bolster the quality of local productions to match the standards required for international exhibition and distribution.