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Southeast Asian Short Film Festival (SeaShorts) Will Take Place In George Town This Year

This year, the festival will feature 120 short films.

BY editors | Jun 8, 2018 | Film & TV

After its successful inaugural launch last year, the Southeast Asian Short Film Festival (SeaShorts) is back and will take place in George Town from August 1 to 5, 2018 in conjunction with George Town Festival.

SeaShorts was launched in May 2017 as a new festival in Malaysia to celebrate short films from Southeast Asia. The first edition of SeaShorts was held in Jalan Panggong, Kuala Lumpur and over the course of three days, the festival showcased 118 short films from 10 countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and The Philippines).

Screening of films in competition during the closing ceremony of SeaShorts 2017.

This year, Next New Wave, founded by Tan Chui Mui, the director of Love Conquers All (2005), is now organising SeaShorts 2018 where the festival will feature 120 short films in nine special programmes. Themes on indigenous communities, emerging voices from Asia and Southeast Asia, retrospection on the first masterpieces of the maestros, borders and nostalgia, will be emphasised.

One highlight of the festival includes 'My Student Film' in which the festival will screen student films made by now established filmmakers such as Lav Diaz, Dain Said, Anthony Chen, Liew Seng Tat, Garin Nugroho, Edwin, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, and Aditya Assarat.

With the great help from Asian Film Archive (Singapore), the festival is able to get a digital copy of Dain Said's Surabaya Johnny (1990).

The team at SeaShorts consists of eight passionate young filmmakers in their 20s who believe in film and friendship. The festival is currently launching a crowdfunding campaign to run the festival and to cover essential expenses, including providing food and accommodation for the core team and volunteers, and reimbursing their hard work for the duration of six months.

Support their crowdfunding campaign here.

For submissions and more details on SeaShorts, head here. Or on their Facebook and Instagram.