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Don’t miss opportunity to harness your potential, students reminded

12th November, 2016


KOTA KINABALU: School students have been urged to take every opportunity to harness their creative potential and talents to produce good-quality and marketable digital works.

Minister for Information Technology Development & Resource Development Datuk Siringan Gubat highlighted the wealth of talent, creative potential and passion of the younger generation in filmmaking should not be wasted and need to be encouraged by promoting greater involvement of the youth in producing more short films, documentary, advertisements and animations.

Siringan, in his address at the Awards Presentation Ceremony of the Sabah Screen Fest 2016, underlined it is essential for the younger generation to choose their own career pathways and not be dependent on jobs in the public sector in view of the rapidly evolving jobs market.

“It is heartening to witness the participation of so many school students in this year’s Festival Digital Sabah, such opportunities puts the spotlight on the original works of the younger generation across diverse categories, including short film, documentaries, advertisements and animation,“ he said.

Siringan said this event provides school students with the opportunity to participate in the film industry which would be useful in preparing themselves for the working world.

“Moreover, with talent and passion, they can choose their own career pathways and generate good income,” he told guests at the occasion which took place on Friday at Shangri-la’s Tanjung Aru Resort here.

The text of his speech was delivered by the Assistant Minister Datuk Hamisa Samat. Lauding participants for their achievement in producing their original works, Siringan said the encouraging response of 134 short films, documentaries and animations produced by budding filmmakers were received by his ministry for the festival.

He added, ”On behalf of the ministry, I’m pleased to inform that next year’s programme will have a different theme and it’s my hope that support for the festival will continue to rise.”

For the secondary school category animation genre, SMK Kabogan of Semporna won the top prize with RM1,000 for their work “Planet Jambu dan Berudu”, followed by SMK Bahang at second place taking home the RM800 prize for their animated film “Teman Serumah” while SMK Agaseh Lo settled for third place for their work “Harmoni”.

In the short film genre, Ranau-based school SMK Mohd Ali took top honours winning the RM1,000 grand prize, while second place goes to SMK Tambatuon of Kota Belud bagging RM800 and SMK Lok Yuk at third place received RM600.

In the primary school category, SK Kampung Jawa emerged top winners, taking home the RM1,000 grand prize for the animation genre, while SK Anglo Chinese grabbed RM800 for second place and SK Penampang at third place won RM 600.

For the short film genre, SK Tampulau won RM1,000 first place for their original work ”Berita Dari Sabah” while SK Bukit Lalang received RM800 for second place, followed by SK Kampung Jawa who took home RM600 at third place. At the ceremony, Hamisah presented the top prize to winners of the secondary school category while the ministry’s permanent secretary Datuk Bruno Vun presented the honours for primary school winners. Winners for both categories also received trophies, certificates and laptops.

Meanwhile, Kam Poh Lim made a clean sweep for the open category, winning both grand prizes with RM3,000 each for her documentary and film “Suara Hati Ibu” in the short film genre.

In the same genre, second place winner goes to Walter Misin who won RM2,000 for his work “If Love is Blind” while Ricardo Untoi won RM1,000 for third place.

The prizes, including trophies and certificates were presented by Hamisah. In the advertisement genre, Kam also bagged an additional RM500 for her work “Let’s Go Out”, while Hamdi Musim received the top RM1,000 under the same genre.

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