Aiffa praised for stag­ing short­film ed­u­ca­tion and com­pe­ti­tion

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KUCHING: The or­gan­is­ers of Asean In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val & Awards (Aiffa) 2017 has been given a pat on the back by As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Arts and Cul­ture Datuk John Sikie Tayai for in­au­gu­rat­ing the Sarawak Youth Short Film ed­u­ca­tion and com­pe­ti­tion for its com­ing event from May 4 to 6.

In urg­ing the youth to make full use of the av­enue, he said such ed­u­ca­tion and com­pe­ti­tion pro­gramme would pave the way for lo­cal youths to be in­volved in the fi lm in­dus­try.

“The state gov­ern­ment is keen to de­velop film mak­ing as a promis­ing way for the lo­cal youths to con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment in the state, so Sarawak youths must make full use of the av­enue.

“Whether or not you ( youths) are study­ing film in col­lege or univer­sity, this is your chance to tell a story while open­ing up a path for your­self to big­ger things in the film world,” he re­marked at the soft launch­ing of Aiffa 2017 at Grand Margherita ho­tel, here yes­ter­day.

He cited James Wan, a Sarawakian, who is now a Hol­ly­wood icon writ­ing scripts, direct­ing and pro­duc­ing the best fi lms in the world like Comjur­ing, Fast and Fu­ri­ous and In­sid­i­ous, among the block­busters.

Sikie also said the state en­cour­aged any ef­fort that can en­hance the pro­file of the state, adding that the state has gained from events such as Rain­for­est Music Fes­ti­val, Bor­neo Jazz, Sarawak Re­gatta and other in­ter­na­tional events.

He added that the state has also gained a lot of ex­po­sure through the fi lm in­dus­try due to Aiffa.

Sikie also said the state has a nat­u­ral film stu­dio with a stun­ning and mem­o­rable back­drop that has at­tracted a Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tion com­pany to film the White Ra­jah.

Present were Aiffa fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Li­van Ta­jang, deputy pres­i­dent of Film Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Malaysia Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba and Fi­nas ad­vi­sor for Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Deddy M Burhan.

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