From left to right: Dharius Zulkefli and William Jousset at the UIFF 2016.
Malaysian director, Dharius Zulkefli has scored the ‘Best Editing’ award for his short film, Kun Fayakun at the United International Film Festival (UIFF) 2016 in New York, USA. Competing against 45 other titles from across the world, Kun Fayakun was presented the award at the SVA Theatre on 31st July 2016.
Written, produced and directed by Dharius, Kun Fayakun is a psychological drama that tells the story of Henry, who is in a vegetative state and in order to recover, he has to battle his demons and find salvation. Throughout his journey, he faces multiple obstacles as he finds the will to awaken from what could be his eternal slumber.
Speaking on his inspiration behind the film, Dharius revealed that it originally stemmed from a conversation that he had with his parents about ‘choices’ and that it is the greatest gift of all. That conversation gave him the idea of a man being trapped in a realm that is neither heaven nor hell, where he does not remember how he got there but knows that he has to make the right choice in order to get out.
The short film took two and a half months to complete with four actors; Ignacyo Matynia, Peyton Bristol, William Jousset, and Ross Pivec. Earlier this year, Dharius had also worked with Ignacyo and Peyton for Fado. Next, Dharius plans to screen both of his films at various festivals in the United States.
"The film was created with dedication and passion. Even with minimal resources, I want to show that we can achieve recognition from the industry. Although I am a Malaysian in a foreign country, which can be intimidating, I am a true believer in the term “Malaysia Boleh” and hopefully with this belief the film will continue to succeed in other film festivals," said Dharius.
Held from 30th to 31st July 2016, the United International Film Festival takes place twice a year in Hollywood, California and once a year in New York City where it presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe.
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