The BMW Shorties is a cultural initiative by BMW Group Malaysia to provide amateur film makers with a platform to express their creativity. This short film competition is a continuous effort to identify, cultivate and support emerging film talent in the country. Since its inception in December 2006, the BMW Shorties has received more than 600 short film entries, many of which have gone on to screenings at prestigious international film festivals such as Cannes, New York, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Rome, Clermont-Ferrand and more.
Returning for the tenth year in 2016, the prominent short film competition is appropriately themed “Journey” to commemorate its decade-long milestone. The theme aims to encourage aspiring film makers to expound on and communicate the importance of a journey in the establishment of legacies in life.
The grand prize winner of the BMW Shorties short film competition will receive an RM 75,000 production grant. Recognition for film making talent will also be awarded in a line-up of supporting categories, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Sound Design as well as the ever popular People’s Choice Award.
The significance of a journey in the pursuit of legacy and ambition cannot be appreciated enough as it is the journey which shapes our identity. With the theme “Journey”, the BMW Shorties want aspiring film makers to recognize and internalize the significance of the journey not only in their short film creations but also in their own pursuit of a filmmaking career.
The BMW Shorties is now open for entries and you have until the 8th of November 2016 to submit your short film entry.
Judging this year’s competition is a line-up of Malaysia’s top film making virtuosos which comprises six-time BMW Shorties veteran and commercial film maker Lina Tan; award-winning Malaysian film maker, Liew Seng Tat; and up and coming film maker and screenwriter, Nadira Ilana. To mark the tenth edition of the BMW Shorties, the short film competition will also be judged by guest judges including renowned film editor and sound editor, Lee Chatametikool from Thailand as well as Yuni Hadi from Singapore, a refined film producer, author and curator specializing in the management of film and media projects.