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
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.