The first SEAShorts film festival, which is set to feature over 100 short films from Southeast Asia will take place from 11th to 14th May 2017 at Findars Art Gallery and Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space in Kuala Lumpur.
SEAShorts will open with Fragment; an omnibus film made up of ten stories, which is commissioned by the Asian Film Archive (AFA) for its 10th anniversary, to celebrate the strength and diversity of Southeast Asian independent cinema.
Besides the screening, the festival will also hold a short film competition where 20 selected short films from Southeast Asia will compete for the inaugural SEAShorts Award. The shortlisted films will then be judged by Amir Muhammad (Malaysia), Chalida Uabumrungjit (Thailand) and Wahyuni Hadi (Singapore) during the festival.
“SEAShorts Film Festival is not just a platform where everyone gets the chance to watch short films from Southeast Asia, but they will also get an opportunity to meet the filmmakers as well as we invite them to share their stories and filmmaking ways in the region,” said Tan Chui Mui, SEAShorts Festival Director.
Organised by Next New Wave - an initiative focusing on nurturing young and emerging filmmakers in Malaysia, SEAShorts will also highlight contemporary films made by film students in Malaysia, in effort to search for up-and coming young filmmakers to work with in the future.