Abdullah Zahir Omar

2007 Grand Prize Winner

Zahir Omar’s first experience in filmmaking was as a first assistant director, which he held for five years. His short film ‘K-Hole’ was the first winning short film of BMW Shorties in 2007. He went on to create ‘Teddy & I’, the BMW-funded short film. ‘Teddy & I’ was the first independent film from Malaysia to be premiered on the internet as its primary platform. The short film was later shortlisted for Rotterdam Film Festival and the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. 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. His first feature film, ‘Fly By Night’ premiered in 2019 to rousing reception.