42nd Pictures-Panasonic to Cultivate New Filmmakers with Digital Short Film Competition

Published by Mila Ismail @ 12/08/2016

Local production house, 42nd Pictures joins forces with electronic giant, Panasonic to cultivate the new generation of Malaysian filmmakers though the Panasonic Digital Short Film Competition (PDSFC).

Set to be held in conjunction with this year’s Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia (SSFFA) Malaysia in December, the competition is seeking a submission of 400-word synopsis for entry. The selected synopsis will then be developed step-by-step, as PDSFC aims to train its participants in the aspect of script writing, storyboarding, production and post-production process from the start.

Bea Tanaka, Managing Director of 42nd Pictures stated, “Our strength and focus has always been in the script, hence we are not looking for a completed short film as an entry. We will guide the shortlisted participants to develop their synopsis into a 15-minute script – starting with a 2-day Visual Storytelling masterclass by Yasu Tanaka, and followed by scheduled group mentoring by 42nd Pictures.”  

PDSFC is open to all genres except documentary, animation and music video. Submission is only valid for Malaysian participants aged 18 to 35, in groups up to four persons. Five groups will then be shortlisted and guided to produce their short films with Panasonic DVX200 camera, which will be judged by a panel of esteemed jurors for the final winner selection.

The winning short film will be screened at the 7th SSFFA Malaysia this year, and will receive a sponsorship for the post-production of their short film; including color grading, music, and more. Moreover, they will receive 2 flight tickets to Tokyo, Japan in 2017 together with accommodation for 4 days (3 nights) during SSFFA Japan in June next year.

Submission for PDSFC is open now until 26th August 2016.