This year’s grand prize winner will receive an RM80,000 production grant, and recognition for film making talent will also be awarded in a line-up of supporting categories. The BMW Shorties is now open for entries and you have until the
26th of October 2018 to submit your short film entry.
BMW Shorties 2018 returns with "DRIVE". To have drive is to be relentlessly compelled to achieve a goal. This urge is innate and motivated by more than passion. It takes ambition. Drive is the quality that elevates artists to craftsmen, making it the hallmark of all true innovators. With this, we look forward to our 12th year of Malaysian-made stories.
Five top filmmakers join us on the line-up of judges for the 12th edition of the BMW Shorties, namely the BMW Shorties veteran and commercial filmmaker, Lina Tan; multiple award-winning filmmaker, Isazaly Mohd Isa; filmmaker and screenwriter, Nadira Ilana; award-winning filmmaker Tan Chui Mui, and rising storyteller and filmmaker - Quek Shio Chuan.
After working for almost a decade in advertising and television, Lina started Red Communications Sdn Bhd in 1999 to focus on creating innovative and meaningful content. She has created a variety of television programs and commercials, specialising in youth, kids and women issues.
Lina believes that content can provide entertainment for the masses and yet be socially responsible, making her company’s mission to inspire change through innovative content. Lina is best known for ‘Gol & Gincu’, ‘Kami’, ‘Pisau Cukur’, ‘Istanbul Aku Datang’ and ‘Mrs K’.
From Art Director to Director of Photography to Editor to Screenwriter, Isazaly (or Zalee as he is best known) has been an integral part of the Malaysian and Singaporean film and television industry. Zalee started his foray into filmmaking as a 10-year old child-actor, and has practically lived on production sets ever since. He now spearheads kino-i, a digital production house in Kuala Lumpur, with the belief that advancements in digital technology will revolutionise filmmaking in the coming millennium.
Zalee conducts professional trainings and consultations for various production and post companies around the region including FINAS, Grand Brilliance, and Meta4films (Singapore). His work can also be seen on TV programmes and films such as Redha and the upcoming noir film, Shadowplay.
Nadira is an independent filmmaker from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. She has many big questions about life and her Borneo heritage, which she attempts to unravel through the process of filmmaking. 'The Silent Riot', which has toured nationwide and to Singapore, is Nadira's first documentary.
In 2010, Nadira moved to Kuala Lumpur and worked for Apparat where she wrote 'Creatures', a short animation directed by author-photographer-filmmaker, Bernice Chauly as part of HerStory Malaysia. Nadira describes her work as experimental-narrative. Her films have also screened at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, Filmmakers Anonymous Kuala Lumpur, MapKL and Astro.
A BMW Shorties alumnus, Quek's first short film "Guang" won the grand prize award for BMW Shorties 2011, and has since gone on to win multiple awards internationally. The feature film version of "Guang" has recently been nominated in four categories - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Shanghai International Film Festival Asian New Talent Awards.
He is currently committed to Reservoir Production, a commercial film production company, working alongside Petronas, Samsung and Nissan. For the recent Raya festivities, three of the biggest TV ads were directed by Quek, namely Astro’s "Gaya Paling Ori”, TNB's "Rumah Epik Fantastik", and Lazada's "Buah Hati Raya".
Tan Chui Mui is a filmmaker who has won prestigious awards and been on the judging panel for international film festivals such as Busan International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. She is also the first Malaysian filmmaker invited to the Cannes Cinefondation Residency.
She was also a mentor for regional filmmaking workshops such as Asean-ROK FLY, South East Asian FilmLab and Makassar SEA Skrin Academy. In 2005, she set up Da Huang Pictures and is part of the Malaysian New Wave. She also founded Next New Wave, an initiative to design and organise filmmaking related workshop, aims to provide young and growing film talents in Malaysia an unprecedented platform to learn directly from renowned filmmakers in the region.
In the 12 years we’ve been running, the BMW Shorties has been proud to serve as the local stepping stone propelling aspiring filmmakers into shining careers as makers of unforgettable content. Check out our previous grand prize winners – who they were before and where they are now.
After graduating from Shih Hsin University, Taiwan with a major in Film, Kean Hian joined Director Tsai Ming-Liang’s film company and served as an Assistant Producer and Director's Assistant. In 2009, he furthered his studies at Taipei National University of Arts (TNUA) for an MFA in Film Making, majoring in Directing. In 2013, he directed a short film titled The Innocent Desire, which received a nomination in the 15th Taipei Film Festival. In 2015, he returned to Malaysia and is now freelancing as an Assistant Director and Editor.
Kean Hian also has a long list of work experiences, from working on TV commercials for brands like Watson’s to feature films directed by Jack Neo. In 2017, Kean Hian directed Never Was the Shade which won the Grand Prize for BMW Shorties 2017, alongside awards in Best Script, Best Editing, and Best Actor. The short film showcases the concept of differing visions leading up to one path which goes down to the very bare roots of family relationships – the struggles of differing opinions and faith between two brothers. Never Was the Shade has also been nominated in the 2nd Malaysia International Film Festival (Short Film) this year.
This year, Kean Hian will be working on his BMW-funded short film. He also plans to take part in the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) for his first feature film.Watch Never was the Shade
An established Assistant Director in the advertising industry, Tan Ce Ding graduated from Sunway University and began his career as a Production Assistant where he quickly advanced to become an Assistant Director and Director. Since his directorial debut for a TV commercial for Samsung Malaysia in 2014, he has been an Assistant Director for over 150 TV commercials for brands including Petronas, Samsung, Sony, Sharp, KFC, McDonald’s, Milo, Nescafe, F&N, Tenaga National, Visa, Umobile, and DIGI – several of his works have received the Kancil Awards Malaysia. Ce Ding has also collaborated with directors from Australia, England, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia.
TV commercials aside, Ce Ding has directed numerous independent short films. His latest production, ‘Hawa’ (2016), won the BMW Shorties 2016 Grand Prize as well as the Best Director Award and Best Screenplay Award. With the RM75,000 production grant, Ce Ding directed The Masseuse, a science fiction love story set in a futuristic Kuala Lumpur between a humanoid masseuse and her technician who has a disturbing past.Watch Hawa
Sky Gan is a graduate from One World Hanxing College of Journalism & Communication. At the age of 24 years old, Sky took home the Grand Prize award for the BMW Shorties in 2015 with “Fish”, a short film interpretation of a conservative Malaysian Chinese family’s lifestyle and philosophy on hard work and conformity.
Sky’s clever use of crisp visual narration on Chinese conservatism has also won him the awards for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design and Best Production Design. Sky directed “Funeral” with the RM 75,000 production grant, a masterful piece which also demonstrates his ability as a director. He is currently a freelance director who works under his own production house, No Stress Production.Watch Fish
Taufiq Kamal, a Lim Kok Wing University alumnus won the coveted Grand Prize for the BMW Shorties in 2014 with his short film “Rozita binti Roslan.” The romantic comedy short also took home supporting awards for Best Director, Best Sound Design and Best Editing. Taufiq was recognised for his ability to use unique cinematographic techniques and in bringing interesting and fresh twists to unconventional stories, a talent that is also seen in “Terbit 23” which was produced with the RM 75,000 production grant from the BMW Shorties competition.
Prior to joining the BMW Shorties, Taufiq worked as a production designer and art director at Seni Lab. Some of the works he has done are television advertisements for KFC, Horlicks and Nescafe, as well as designing sets for films and commercials such as Terbaik Dari Langit and Kami Histeria; and Mat Sprite vs Mat Canggih.Watch Rozita Binti Roslan
Tan Seng Kiat graduated from the National Taiwan University of Art with a degree in motion picture and has worked on a few filming projects before the BMW Shorties. In 2013, Seng Kiat won the BMW Shorties grand prize award with his love inspired short film, “32 Degrees Fall in Love”. With the RM 75,000 production grant, he directed “Hello, goodbye” which aimed to prove that like so many other things, love and happiness only improves with time.
After which, Seng Kiat directed his feature debut, Shuttle Life, a hard-hitting social drama about an impoverished family trying to cope with tragedy and mental illness in a very divided society. Shuttle Life received the top prize of NT$1 million cash grant from the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) in 2014. It is the only Malaysian-made feature film which was chosen out of 127 submissions from all over the world, among 25 others. The filming of Shuttle Life took place over the course of 21 days in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2016. After its release in 2017, Shuttle Life won awards from the 12th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum Awards, the 29th Malaysia Film Festival, the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival, and received nominations in the 54th Golden Horse Awards.
Seng Kiat is now working on his next film titled One Fine Day, which focuses on what happens to a family after a child is raped and killed. One Fine Day also won the Grand Prize of the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) in November 2017, his second time winning the award after Shuttle Life.Watch 32° Fall in Love
Chua Dick Woei, or better known as Dick Chua and the master of thriller, was awarded the grand prize award for BMW Shorties 2012 with his short film “Murdered”. The winning short film was the first short film in the history of the BMW Shorties to be nominated and awarded six of the supporting award categories. After which, Dick Chua directed “Pizza” with the production grant.
He also directed a music video for local singer Bell Yu Tian’s song Yu Shi Tian De (Rain is Sweet). He now helms his own production company by the name of D1 Productions which translates into ‘the one’ – clearly an aim to be the finest in the industry.Watch Murdered
Quek Shio Chuan comes from the rural town of Batu Pahat and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communications (HONS) Broadcasting from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. His first short film “Guang” won the grand prize award for BMW Shorties 2011 and has gone on to win multiple awards internationally. One of the many includes being the first Asian short film to win the Best Short Film Award at the prestigious 6th Alto Vicentino Film Festival in Santorso, Italy.
After the success of his short film, Quek excelled in his commercial-making career working alongside several renown clients including Petronas, Samsung and Nissan. He is also currently committed to Reservoir Production, a commercial film production company. His passion in filmmaking has seen him taking up several positions in production whenever opportunity arises ranging from offline editor, graphic artist, assistant director & primarily film director. He is currently working on the feature film version of Guang.Watch Guang
To date, Yih Wen stands as the first and only female winner for the BMW Shorties thus far. When she joined the competition in 2010, Yih Wen was a freelance video editor. Her winning short film “Like Toy Dolls” was screened at the Festival de Cannes 2011, was the official selection for Artivist Film Festival 2011, Asian Short Film Awards @ Screen Singapore 2011, and Freedom Film Fest 2011. She also went on to win multiple other awards with this short film.
Today, Yih Wen is a senior producer and documentary filmmaker for R.AGE, an international award-winning news platform. Last December, she was Malaysia’s sole representative at the prestigious IDFAcademy training programme in Amsterdam, organised by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa). She won the opportunity by pitching “Eye on the Ball”, a R.AGE project and feature-length documentary on the Malaysian blind football team, which is slated to release this year.Watch Like Toy Dolls
In 2009, the BMW Shorties announced two grand prize winners, Shanjhey Kumar Perumal and Brandon Loh Ming Kwang, directors of “Ma Chai” and “Conversations with a Mad Man” respectively.
After graduating from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with a Communication Degree in Film and Broadcasting, Shanjhey went on to write and direct more than 300 episodes of documentaries, musicals and children programs which were featured on Malaysian television. With over 10 years of experience in the creative industry, he is now a director and writer who founded Skyzen (M) Sdn. Bhd. which produces high quality films. He was also one of the judges for the BMW Shorties 2012. Shanjhey recently won the Best Malaysian Film at the 28th Malaysia Film Festival (FFM28) through his first feature film ‘Jagat’ which took 10 years to produce. ‘Jagat’ also won the Best Cinematography at the International Toronto Tamil Film Festival in 2011 and was also screened at the recent New York Asian Film Festival 2016.
Brandon Loh won the BMW Shorties 2009 for his insightful, one-shot take about a long conversation with an insane man. The success of his short film led him to be selected as one of the exclusive filmmakers invited to the Asian Film Academy (BUSAN Film Festival, Korea) as well as the prestigious Golden Horse Academy (Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan) where he was mentored by film masters such as Ang Lee, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, John Woo, Tsai Ming-Liang, Mark Lee and Kurosawa Kiyoshi. Since then he’s capitalised on these insights with a decade of experience in the film industry and currently is a director at SE7VENSUNDAY Films.Watch Ma Chai Watch Conversations with a Mad Man
Nazim Mohammed Esa, a freelance artist, director and photographer who studied film, animation and fine art in Surrey Institute of Art Design in the UK was the director of the winning film “For the Love of Drowning”. The short film told a surrealistic tale of love and relationship. Nazim was later invited to international screenings, such as the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Naoussa International Film Festival and Rotterdam Film Festival. He has directed music videos such as Lagu Untukmu by Meet Uncle Hussien, short films, documentarties and TV commercials. He has also worked on projects for the Venice Biennale, Istanbul Diennale, Taipei Biennale and Kunsthalle, Vienna Austria.Watch For the Love of Drowning
Zahir Omar’s first experience in filmmaking was as a first assistant director for five years.
He was the director of “K-Hole”, the first winning short film of BMW Shorties in 2007 and “Teddy & I”, the BMW-funded short film. “Teddy & I”, was the first time a Malaysian independent film was premiered using the internet as its primary platform. The short film was later shortlisted to participate in the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. Zahir was then selected as a member of the BMW Shorties panel of judges in 2008.
Zahir is now a director at Planet Films KL and has directed TV commercials for brands such as Laurier, McDonald’s, Dutch Lady, TNB, Celcom and more. He also directed the first feature film for Planet Films titled “Four”.Watch K-Hole