L-R: Choi Yoon; Director of Busan Film Commission Putri, Purnama Sugua and Kim Hyunjin from Asian Film Academy.
Local young filmmaker, Putri Purnama Sugua was chosen as the recipient of the most coveted Asian Film Academy Scholarship upon her graduation from the ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator: FLY2016 filmmaking workshop recently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The young filmmaker, who was chosen to represent Malaysia (alongside Kathy Tan) by the Next New Wave: Young Filmmakers Workshop was selected out of 22 other filmmakers from all over ASEAN and South Korea.
As the scholarship recipient, Putri Purnama will be representing Malaysia to attend the Asian Film Academy (AFA) in 2017 where notable up-and-coming ASEAN filmmakers such as Indonesian Yoseop Anggi Noen, Singapore Boo Jun Feng and Malaysian Bradley Liew are counted amongst their alumni.
“I’m very thankful for the experience and friendships that I gained from the workshop. I’ve learned a lot from everyone; even though we came from different cultures, but we have the same passion for film.,’” said the award winner.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Putri Purnama Sugua and Kathy Tan for having successfully completed the workshop and also having produced what is essentially an international co-production of two short films as part of their respective teams,” said a representative of Next New Wave.
Launched in 2012, ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator: FLY2016 is a short filmmaking workshop where aspiring filmmakers from 10 Southeast Asian countries and South Korea are divided into two groups to produce two short films in a fortnight under the supervision and instruction of established international filmmakers.