17th of May 2014, Five Malaysians from different walks of life were given an opportunity to pitch their story idea for a film to a panel of judges. If their pitch is picked, they will walk away with a grant of RM6000 to make their film and have it premiered at the FreedomFilmFestival 2014 in September.
They were commercial filmmaker Danny Chong; video journalist Arvind Raj; a father of 2 children with cerebral palsy Mohd. Affandi Ramli; independent filmmaker and editor Azhar Rudin; and politcal cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque better known as Zunar.
These 5 stories were shorlisted from a total of about 20 submissions received as they carried a strong idea based on the theme of Freedom and/or Freedom In the Cities.
The panel of judges comprised of personalities from the film industry Ida Nerina, Amir Muhammad and Lara Arifin.Each candidate then made an impassioned pitch to the judges about their idea for a film and the judges followed with a few comments and clarifications. After which, the judges had a short deliberation before announcing the winners to everyone.
Congratulations to our winners:
Mohd Affandi @ Ronasina, for his story on “An Nur nak ke Sekolah” which will give an insight into the daily lives of people living with disabilities in the city of Kuala Lumpur. He won the grant for the theme of “Freedom in the Cities” which is sponsored by The Penang Institute.
Azharr Rudin, for his idea entitled “Notes from Missing People” a personal and organic reflection on the notion of change and Freedom.
Zunar and co director Mic Hoo, for “Fight Through Cartoon” a film about Zunar’s personal experience of being a political cartoonist in Malaysia.
The three winners will now have 3 months to produce their films which will be premiered at the Festival in September 2014.