Local production nominated for Asia Contents Award in Korea

Lyna Mohamad

The Bungsu Story, a local drama revolving around two millennial youth who face difficulties in meeting family expectations and life challenges, has been nominated for Best Asian Drama at the inaugural Asia Contents Awards in Busan, South Korea. A co-production between Filterworks Productions (Filterworks) and Lailatul Shazana’s Production (Shazana’s), the nomination was announced at a press screening of The Bungsu Story hosted by Filterworks Productions at the Cultivate Bistro in Jalan Pasar Gadong yesterday.

The guest of honour was Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud.

Also in attendance were representatives from Syarikat Aliaa, Boat Noodle, MMW, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, DM Don Square Entertainment and Royal Brunei Airlines. The Bungsu Story is the only Brunei production to be nominated for the Asia Contents Awards. It was submitted to the international awards event by DM Don Square Entertainment, a local content film and television distributor headed by Mariani Abdullah.

The 37-minute episode is directed by Aznniel Yunus and written by Bash Harry, with the concept based on an idea by the co-executive producer of The Bungsu Story and co-founder of Filterworks, A’aqiil Ahmad.

Production lasted between November and December 2017, with the episode being produced by Amal Nabilah binti Haji Jumat.

Members from Filterworks Productions and The Bungsu Story’s lead casts at the event. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The leads are Safarah Nordin as Hana and Adi Nabil as Izzuddin, among a mainly local cast, with only one international actress in a supporting role.

The Bungsu Story initially premiered on September 20, 2018, at The Grandstand Cinema, with a one-week run. It was also screened by Progresif Media for three days and on a limited run at White Screen Cinema.

Yesterday’s press screening began with welcoming remarks by A’aqiil, followed by a clip from the TV drama and a question-and-answer session with Aznniel, Safarah and Adi.

A’aqiil pointed out that Filterworks has been known for making really short video content.

“However, The Bungsu Story was a departure for us to try out something that was new. Maybe in the future with a great story, we hope to dive into the film scene,” he said.

Aznniel said that he looked forward to further collaboration with Filterworks, with lead actor Adi agreeing that it was a good way to expand their horizons.

Safarah, meanwhile, said that she hopes to see more local artistes showcasing their talent, adding, “The ability to bring a local production to another country is something to be proud of.”

The Asia Contents Awards is a new accolade from the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and the Asian Film Market and will take place on October 6, at the BIFF Theatre at the Busan Cinema Centre.

Apart from Brunei, other nominees are Korea, China, Japan,, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.