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Term Screening: Love, Fear, Belief

 

FASS, through the Design and Creative Industries Programme, organised its third Term Screening on 14th November, 2019 with the theme, “Love, Fear, Belief”. 20 works, consisting of seven highlights of the various cultural heritage sites in Brunei Darussalam, and 13 short films with genres ranging from thriller to drama and experimental films, were showcased during the event. These works were produced by undergraduate students enrolled in AX-2304 Film, TV and New Media Production and AX-3301/AR-3303 Digital Photography and Videography taught by Dr. Yong Liu.

 

Present at the Screening was Mr Abdul Zainidi, a filmmaker who represented Brunei Darussalam at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and representatives from Filterworks Production Mr Aaqiil and Mr Daniel, who co-produced The Bungsu Story, one of the nominees for Best Asian Drama at the Asia Contents Awards in Busan, South Korea.

Following the screening, these three filmmakers and Dr. Kathrina Daud, Assistant Professor in English Literature and Deputy Dean of FASS, gave their candid feedback and constructive comments from different perspectives on these short films for the DCI students to improve their skills in the future creative attempts.

Group photo with guest commentators, lecturers-in-charge and some students

FASS has seen an increase in the number and prestige of invitations to film festivals over the past years. The first international submission was for the 11th Shanghai Student Television Festival (SSTF) in 2018, which is a sub-programme of the annual Shanghai International Film Festival. Two of the four submissions by 4th year Professional Communication and the Media (PCM) students won the Short-list Award in the DV Shorts Competition for PSAs entitled Girl Gamers and Muslim or non-Muslim supervised by Ms. Mayyer Ling.

This year, a UBD student short film Suara (Voice) has made it to the top two finalists in the 3rd Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children (SEAVFC) 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Suara was made by three 2nd year students of the Design and Creative Industries (DCI) Programme. Brunei Darussalam has been participating in SEAVFC since its 1st edition in 2017, but this is the first time that an entry from the Sultanate has reached the final competition. This year’s theme for the Festival is “United in Love”.

The DCI programme collaborates with industry experts throughout the semester to ensure students’ creative and academic exposures are aligned with the reality of the creative industry – its developments, expectation and future direction. After receiving the confirmation that Suara was selected to represent Brunei to compete at SEAVFC2019, Bruneian veteran filmmakers Harlif Haji Mohamad and Nurain Abdullah gave the three UBD students a meticulous mentorship on useful hands-on editing skills, in order to help them improve the technical competitiveness of their final work in the couple’s Regalblue Production studio.

Suara team’s mentorship session at Regalblue Production Studio

More UBD student short films have been submitted to FLiCKER FEST 2020, Australia’s leading Academy®-accredited and BAFTA-recognised International Short Film Festival. The confirmed three shorts that made to the shortlist of Bruneian bulk submission are Bunga (Flower), Broman, and The Seventh – all products of DCI students enrolled in AX-2304 Film, TV and New Media Production module and AX-3301 Digital Photography and Videography module.

More FASS student short films will be submitted in January, 2020 to the CHINA-ASEAN International Student Short Film Festival, as a result from the invitation received during the 2nd Annual Meeting of ASEAN-China Arts Colleges Alliance (ACACA), of which Universiti Brunei Darussalam is a member since 2017.