ShoutOUT! SeaShorts Film Festival Returns End August in Ipoh and Opens For Entries.


Entries are now officially accepted for the fourth annual SeaShorts Film Festival set to be held in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia this 25th to 30th August!

Qualified directors from across the ASEAN region are invited to apply at bit.ly/seashorts2020submission by 30th April under the theme “Reimagining Short Films, Reinventing Southeast Asia”. Submissions in all genres and forms under 20 minutes will be considered.

A selection of 30 titles will compete for the SeaShorts Award, with Malaysian filmmakers qualifying for the additional Next New Wave Award. The candidates and winners will be determined by an independent committee of professional judges comprising Cambodian-French filmmaker Davy Chou of Anti-Archive, Philippine producer Bianca Balbuena of Epic Media, Singaporean sound engineer Rennie Gomes, and renowned Malaysian academic Dr. Farish Noor.

The competition section will be complemented by a robust line-up of activities that aim to reflect the
diversity, authenticity, and bold visions of emerging and established Southeast Asian filmmakers. In addition to screenings, the Festival every year hosts industry sessions, art experiences, experimental projects, as well as S-Express, a travelling showcase dedicated to the new wave of cinema in the region.

“SeaShorts has always been about looking at Southeast Asia—how we were in the past, what we could be in the future, and where is there room for reinvention—through the filmmaking lens,” said Tan Chui Mui, Festival Founder and Co-Director, who is a member of the pioneering Malaysian production company Da Huang Pictures. “And what better way to explore that than through the possibilities of short film.” 

“It is an exciting time for Asian cinema." adds Nicholas Chee, Festival Co-Director and Executive Creative Director of The Flying Kick Asia. "With recent successes on the global stage bringing a dramatic increase in fresh eyes and production values, the possibilities for greater exposure and storytelling are expansive. We look forward to receiving the entries and sharing them with our audiences.”

An emerging regional platform for film discovery, SeaShorts shines a spotlight on the many creative voices in Southeast Asia, with the 2019 Festival seeing more than 2,000 admissions come through the doors. Indonesian drama Ballad of Blood and Two White Buckets by Yosep Anggi Noen was presented with the SeaShorts Award while Amanda Nell Eu’s Vinegar Baths picked up the Next New Wave Award.

Full details of the 2020 programme will be unveiled in June. For more information, visit seashorts.org.

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