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a diverse pool of talented local film artisans, Malaysia is well-positioned to become a regional powerhouse in filmmaking and for that reason, Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd held its first nationwide short film contest themed, ‘Harmony in Diversity’.

The contest that  kicks off from 9th August to 15th October 2023 with entries submission beginning 1st September 2023 invites aspiring creative talents to embark on a narrative journey in appreciation of the rich tapestry of cultures that surrounds Malaysia.

The contest received an overwhelming response from filmmaking aspirants and content creators nationwide across three categories: Camera, Colleges & Universities, and Smartphone.

A panel of distinguished industry experts, including Chew Han Tah, Indra Che Muda Redzuan and Raja Mukhriz, assessed submissions based on their creativity, storytelling, technical skills, and overall impact.

And recently, the winners of all the three categories were announced at the Canon Short Film Contest  2023 awards ceremony, commemorating the exceptional talents of Malaysian filmmakers.

“The contest exemplified our ‘Kyosei’ philosophy of working together for the common good by providing a platform for filmmaking aspirants to showcase Malaysia’s cinematic artistry. By uniting creative talents and industry leaders, and working with Tourism Malaysia, the contest reaffirmed our commitment to collaboration, talent development and cultural preservation, propelling Malaysia's filmmaking industry forward,” said President and CEO of Canon Marketing Malaysia, Shunji Yoshikai at the prize-giving ceremony held at GSC Starling Mall.

Present with him  at the ceremony  are the Director of Image Communication Business Division, Canon Marketing Malaysia, Hunter Zhang and Director, Corporate Communications, Tourism Malaysia, Tuan Razali Tuan Omar as well as one of the juries, Indra Che Muda Redzuan

Reading his speech on behalf of the Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Dato Dr. Ammar Abd. Ghafar, Tuan Razali said “We are delighted to see the winning films capture the essence of our nation, from vibrant cultures to stunning landscapes. We congratulate the winners and all the participants for their creativity and talent.”

“The contest is a testament to the incredible talent and creativity of Malaysian film visionaries. We are proud to have played a role in supporting and fostering a new wave of Malaysian film talents”, added Hunter Zhang.

And as predicted by. all, walking away with RM50,000 cash prize as well as sponsored prizes and a new EOS R5C camera was young filmmaker, Anwar Johari Ho for his heartwarming film “Don't Get Too Close to That Edge”, entailing a story of a traditional dancer's relentless pursuit of perfection that pushes her physical and emotional limits. 

The judges praised the film's creativity, storytelling and technical execution, particularly the director's ability to create a compelling and emotionally driven narrative with cinematographic flair. 

For the record, Anwar Johari Ho is an MA Film graduate from the University of Reading, UK, his award-winning thesis short film 'Forget Me Not' garnered accolades at multiple festivals, and his subsequent short, 'Burung-Burung', premiered at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (2020), winning the Jury Prize Award at the Mini Film Festival (2021). 

He has also directed multiple shorts and web series in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2021 under the production house, Zi An Pictures.

Other winners are listed below:

Congrats to all and off course to Canon for their support to the growth of the film industry and help Malaysian viual storytellers achieve their dreams.

To immerse yourself in the creativity and talent of Malaysian filmmakers, visit Canon Malaysia’s Official Youtube Channel to watch the shortlisted video submitted for the contest which will be made available later.

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