Registration opens for Brunei Film Blitz

Aziz Idris

Registration for the much-anticipated Brunei Film Blitz organised by Origin Artistic in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2019 is now open until end of November.

This was announced by Director at Origin Artistic, Siti Kamaluddin during a press conference at Mahakarya Institute of Arts Asia yesterday. Programme Coordinator Dr Alex Fischer was also present.

Now in its third installation, this year’s Brunei Film Blitz will bring back the Open category into the competition and introduce a new category, Islamic Short Film. The popular 96-Hour Blitz will also be competed with the “secret ingredient” to be announced on a later date.

According to Siti, each category is not limited by genre. “Submission is welcome in the form of narrative, fiction, documentary, animation or experimental.

“For the Open category, any film produced after January 2019 is welcome for submission. However the duration must be 12 minutes and filming takes place in Brunei only,” she explained.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Short Film is a new category introduced this year where the organisers have teamed up with Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei. Submission must include content for a global audience. A BND20 entrance fee will be imposed for each submission and participants will be entitled to training programmes conducted by industry experts during the competition held from December 14-28.

Apart from the coveted trophies, winners also stand a chance to win two tickets to hotbeds destination in the film making industry; Seoul in South Korea, Gold Coast in Australia and Osaka, Japan.

Meanwhile, Dr Fischer added that aside from the competitions, the Brunei Film Blitz will also be hosting genre based international movie screenings throughout the duration of the event. The films will be from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Canada and France.

“The aim of the international screening is to introduce our local filmmakers and audiences to a variety of World Cinema to foster their filmmaking identity and in return, Brunei cinema national identity,” he said.