The BMW Shorties is a cultural initiative by BMW Group Malaysia, which serves 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 750 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 11th year in 2017, the prominent short film competition is themed "Vision". Vision goes beyond sight. It is the ability to imagine, define and craft the future. Combining experience, knowledge and intuition, Vision can be as simple as what you see with your eyes or as bold as envisioning the next 100 years.
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 BMW Shorties is now open for entries and you have until the 20th of October 2017 to submit your short film entry.
Tan Ce Ding is no stranger to the BMW Shorties program, having participated in the competition since 2010 and emerging a Top 10 Finalist five times. In 2016, the film maker was helmed the Grand Prize winner of the competition with “Hawa”, a science fiction short film set in the Malaysian future which tells a story of unity, family values and explores the bold concepts of love and hate.
Tan Ce Ding graduated from Sunway University with a Diploma of Performing Arts and Media and began his career as a Production Assistant with several notable production houses. Having great passion for the industry, he quickly advanced to become an Assistant Director and eventually a Director for TV Commercials.
Between 2012 and 2014, Tan Ce Ding had the opportunity of being the Assistant Director of over 200 TV commercials for brands such as Petronas, Samsung, Sony, Sharp, KFC, McDonald’s, Mile, Nescafe, F&N, Tenaga National, Visa, Umobile and DIGI. During this time, he has also collaborated with film and commercial directors from Australia, United Kingdom, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.
From 2014 to date, Tan Ce Ding has further directed over 20 commercials for various brands as a Film Director at Naga DDB Tribal and has even taken home 2 Kancil Awards. Tan Ce Ding also directed numerous independent short films including Thanks for Saving Me, We Were the Best, Da Capo, and Hawa.
'The Masseuse' is a science fiction love story set in a futuristic Kuala Lumpur between a humanoid masseuse and her technician who has a dark and disturbing past and an indisposed agenda. The film centres on the relationship between robots and humans in the future and their roles in a developed society.
The main male lead in the short film is played by Koe Shern, Best Actor Award Winner in the winning BMW Shorties 2013 short film ‘32° C Fall In Love’ by Tan Seng Kiat while the humanoid is portrayed by Candy Ice, the leading actress famed in the BMW Shorties 2012 winning short film, ‘Murdered’ by Chua Dick Woei.
Tan Ce Ding explains his inspiration, character development and the location behind his BMW production grant film, The Masseuse.