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