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Short film 'Kumbang' wins at Mini Film Festival, La Promenade Mall

The Awards Ceremony for the 19th Mini Film Festival took place at HSL Tower, marking the culmination of four unforgettable days, filled with the magic of storytelling and power of filmmaking.

From July 6 to 9, HSL and the adjoining mall showcased over 60 short films and feature-length movies. Thousands of visitors from all walks of life attended the screenings.

Among the many outstanding films screened, “Kumbang” won Best Short Film at the awards. Jury member, including veteran filmmaker Rashid Salleh, praised the film for raising thought-provoking questions.

The success of the festival owes much to the exceptional talents of the filmmakers and festival director Yow Chong Lee, of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s Applied and Fine Arts Faculty.

Here are the media highlights: DayakDaily, 10 July

“Kumbang (Bugs)” by director Gwai Lou and producers Annabel Tiu and Fiesal Azizuddin won Best Short Film and the top award in the Open Category at the 19th Mini Film Festival 2023.

Utusan Borneo, 11 July

Kumbang, filem pendek arahan pengarah Gwai Lou dan penerbit Annabel Tiu dan Feisal Azizuddin mendapat pandangan positif juri.

New Sarawak Tribune, 10 July

Renowned filmmaker and jury member Rashid Salleh expressed how Kumbang served as a reminder of the perils associated with external influences on children.

Sin Chew Daily, 11 July

由砂建筑公司福胜利(HSL)设计和建造的雅景苑(La Promenade)是一个很棒的迷你电影节场地。福胜利的活动和媒体团队给了我们很大的支持。由于公司强大的媒体影响力,我们拥有4个放映室,一个用餐区,并且获得了大量的宣传。

See Hua Daily, 11 July


The Borneo Post, 10 July

As such, he said the organisers will begin talks for the festival’s 20th edition the soonest. “We are mini in scale, (but) big in ambition,” Yow added.


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