Three short films Not Toaster, Crescendo, and Sonder by students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Design and Creative Industries (DCI) programme were selected to be part of Asia Rising 2022: A Showcase of Short Films from universities in ASEAN, Japan, Korea and China organised by National University of Singapore (NUS). The films will be screened online from April 1-9.
This is the second consecutive year that three UBD short films have been picked for the annual film screening, which is the maximum submissions allowed for each member of the ASEAN +3 University Network (AUN).
It is also the first time that an animated short film (Sonder) by DCI students will be screened in a regional film festival. Not Toaster recently won Best Short Film Award (for 10-20 minutes), while Halim Ashari won Best Director Award for his directorial work in Crescendo, in the 4th Prism UBD Short Film Festival in December 2021.
Following the inauguration of the first Asia Rising in April 2021, which featured 10 student films from UBD, De La Salle University and NUS, this year’s theme of ‘Slow Connection’ aims to spur young filmmakers from each country to pursue their craft for future collaborations across borders by presenting their best work.
Introductive videos about the student filmmakers will be also uploaded onto Asia Rising 2022 online platform as additional content.