The inaugural Iskandar Malaysia Shorties 2016/17 award which received 39 submissions has crowned ‘Lifeline’ by a Kuala Lumpur boy, Michael Lourdes as the Grand Winner and Best Short Film for the Open Category at a ceremony in Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios.
“My friend and I had the idea kicking since we were college mates 5 years ago but it took a bit of time to produce it due to lack of equipment and budget. We made it happen when both of us started working,” said Michael when interviewed.
Michael and his assistant had the inspiration to produce ‘Lifeline’ after they watched a documentary of a girl who had to deal with people at the brink of suicide apart from portraying the importance of suicidal hotlines in Malaysia.
Dawson Goh who produced ‘Different’ was accorded the Student Category (Under 18 Years Old) for both Audience Choice and Best Short Film awards.
Yeap Jin Hao swept away the Best Short Film for College/University category with his creation ‘The Tatt of Culture’.
In Audience Choice award which were picked by members of the public, ‘Senyum’ by Arangkannal Rajoo brought home the Open Category award and Khairul Hafiz Zahruddin’s ‘Intervista’ won the College/University category award.
“IM Shorties is all about a journey of discovering, gathering and experimenting creative and technical knowledge. Hopefully these filmmakers will continue to grow and produce films that would make Malaysia proud. Of course, we also look forward to discover and nurture more IP creators here in Iskandar Malaysia,” said Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.