Two films from S’wak sub­mit­ted for Aiffa com­pe­ti­tion this year

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KUCHING: Two Sarawakian films are among the films sub­mit­ted for com­pe­ti­tion at the Asean In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val & Awards (Aiffa) this year.

Aiffa fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Li­van Ta­jang said the fes­ti­val has re­ceived over 100 Asean films which will com­pete for the cov­eted Aiffa tro­phies dur­ing the Aiffa 2017 Gala Night to be held on May 6.

“Malaysia has al­most 50 fi lms sub­mit­ted of which two en­tries are from Sarawak. One of the Sarawak fi lms is an in­die fi lm which makes an in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tion,” she told The Bor­neo Post when met yes­ter­day.

The nom­i­nated films, she said, will be an­nounced dur­ing Aiffa’s open­ing night on May 4, which will be held at the Kuching Am­phithe­atre here this time around.

There are also awards in 16 cat­e­gories which recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tions of di­rec­tors, di­rec­tors of pho­tog­ra­phy, ac­tors, writ­ers and ed­i­tors as well as for life­time achieve­ment and in­spi­ra­tion.

Li­van pointed out that there will be a line-up of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing open­ing night such as the Guin­ness World Record at­tempt for the largest crowd dressed in cat cos­tumes.

“We are go­ing to at­tempt to break the Guin­ness World Record for the most num­ber of peo­ple dressed as cats and we wel­come par­tic­i­pa­tion from lo­cals.”

Apart from that, this year’s Aiffa, which will be held from May 4 to 6, will also see the in­tro­duc­tion of ‘Cafe Crawl’, which fea­tures film chats and screen­ings at se­lected cafes in Kuching’s city cen­tre.

“The Cafe Crawl is a smaller and more in­for­mal talk un­like be­fore where we used to hold the talks in ho­tels. This one will be more in­ti­mate with the par­tic­i­pa­tion from around 40 to 50 peo­ple.

“Apart from Aiffa del­e­gates, mem­bers of the pub­lic who are in­ter­ested in film or want to know more about the par­tic­u­lar celebrity dur­ing the ses­sion can also at­tend this pro­gramme,” she ex­plained.

In ad­di­tion to th­ese, there will also be a Young Cuts Sarawak Youth Short Film Ed­u­ca­tion & Com­pe­ti­tion 2017 for as­pir­ing Sarawakian fi lm­mak­ers aged 18 to 25 to take part in.

“The short fi lm com­pe­ti­tion is held from now un­til end of April and the win­ner will be an­nounced on Aiffa’s open­ing night at Kuching Am­phithe­atre.

“This is a fringe event for Sarawakians as a first step for bud­ding film­mak­ers to­wards their cre­ative fu­ture in the film in­dus­try,” she re­marked, adding that de­tails on the com­pe­ti­tion can be ob­tained through its web­site www.sarawaky­outh­cuts.com.

Mean­while, when asked who will be the in­ter­na­tional celebrity grac­ing the three- day event this time around, Li­van de­clined to re­veal the iden­tity, say­ing the sur­prise will be un­veiled a month prior to Aiffa.

“But the celebrity has con­firmed his at­ten­dance and be­fore like ( Datuk) Jackie Chan, he has posted on Face­book that he was here ( Kuching) and he re­ceived a mil­lion likes for his post.

“That’s one of the rea­sons why we bring in an in­ter­na­tional celebrity be­cause it at­tracts at­ten­tion from the in­ter­na­tional me­dia. That is the pub­lic­ity we look for on how to get Aiffa known around the world and how to get Kuching and Sarawak as a whole, known around the world,” she said.

Pre­vi­ous in­ter­na­tional celebri­ties who graced the bi­en­nial event were Datuk Jackie Chan who won the Asean In­spi­ra­tion Award in 2015 and Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh who won the Life­time Achieve­ment Award in 2013.

Malaysia has al­most 50 films sub­mit­ted of which two en­tries are from Sarawak. One of the Sarawak films is an in­die film which makes an in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tion. Li­van Ta­jang, Aiffa fes­ti­val di­rec­tor

Sikie (fourth right) and other guests do­ing the soft launch­ing.

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