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UBD short film festival winners named

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Progresif Media announced the winners of the 5th PRISM UBD Short Film Festival 2022 in a closing ceremony at the Pro Chancellor Arts Centre on Tuesday.

For the first time, PRISM became one of the events under the umbrella of ASEAN University Network on Culture and the Arts (AUN-CA).

A record total of 26 shortlisted student short films from UBD, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Politeknik Brunei (PB), National University of Singapore (NUS), and De La Salle University Manila (DLSU) were screened in the opening screening on November 15, followed by a three-week online streaming hosted on Progresif Media – the biggest local content streaming platform in Brunei.

During the closing ceremony, each winning short film in the four competition categories received a certificate of achievement and a cash prize of BND500, offered by the organiser of PRISM UBD Short Film Festival – the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of UBD. The winning short films were:

Lingering (directed by Suryane Zaine, NUS) won the Best Fiction Short Film Award;

ABOVE & BELOW: Jury chair Dr Kathrina bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Daud and jury judge A’aqiil Ahmad during a panel discussion; and a poster for ‘Lingering’. PHOTOS: UBD

Menanti (directed by Nur Jazmeen Farzana Amirnuddin, UBD) won the Best Smartphone-Made Short Film Award;

Paws Up (directed by Mohamad Arif Zakwan Mohamad Amiruddin, PB) won the Best Documentary Short Film Award; and

The Origin of Gold River Village (directed by Muhammad Amar Mubasyir Junaidi, UBD) won the Best Animation Short Film Award.

An additional award category this year was the People’s Choice Awards sponsored by Progresif Media.

The winner was chosen based on the most votes gained throughout the online streaming period on Progresif Media’s website between November 17 to December 5.

Head of Digital Innovation at Progresif Haziq Sahrip presented the BND300 cash prize and a certificate of achievement to this year’s People’s Choice Award winner – 25th Anniversary with LSDC – Street: Excellence Explained (directed by Mycs Villoso, DLSU).

Progresif Media Head Olivia Ong said, “This year’s PRISM UBD Short Film Festival received a total of 1,337 votes for the 26 short film entries, compared to last year’s 337 votes. The winner garnered 23 per cent of the total votes.”

Corresponding to the 5th PRISM UBD Short Film Festival elevating to a regional competition, this year’s festival appreciated the dedication and fair judging work from an international jury panel chaired by Dean of FASS, UBD Dr Kathrina Haji bin Dato Paduka Mohd Daud and comprised of two Bruneian judges, Rosnani Haji Md Yussof from the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and A’aqiil Ahmad from Filterworks Productions, as well as two international judges – Mary Loh from NUS and Glorife Samodio from DLSU.