Winners for Canon Short Film Contest 2023 Themed Harmony in Diversity

Canon Marketing Malaysia (Canon) has organized its Canon Short Film Contest 2023 awards ceremony to commemorate the exceptional talents of Malaysian filmmakers at GSC, The Starling Mall at Petaling Jaya. I was given the opportunity to witness the prize giving ceremony to the award winners.

With the theme "Harmony in Diversity," the competition invited aspiring artists to take readers on a narrative journey that celebrates the diverse range of cultures that Malaysia has to offer. Three categories of content creators and aspiring filmmakers around the country responded to the contest with enormous enthusiasm: Camera, Colleges & Universities, and Smartphone.

Below are the winners list for Canon Short Film Contest 2023:-

The contributions were evaluated by a group of eminent industry professionals, comprising Raja Mukhriz, Indra Che Muda Redzuan, and Chew Han Tah, on the basis of their inventiveness, narrative, technical proficiency, and overall influence.

Canon is committed to supporting the upcoming generation of Malaysian filmmakers, as seen by its first-ever national short film contest. In addition to giving winners the tools they need to be successful in the long run, Canon collaborated with Sennheiser, Nanlite, Sandisk, and Zhiyun. The competition also gave budding filmmakers a great platform and chance to develop their craft, get recognition, and launch their careers.

Shunji Yoshikai, President and CEO of Canon Marketing Malaysia

At the prize-giving ceremony, Shunji Yoshikai, President and CEO of Canon Marketing Malaysia said, “The contest exemplified our ‘Kyosei’ philosophy of working together for the common good by providing a platform for filmmaking aspirants to showcase Malaysia’s cinematic artistry. By uniting creative talents and industry leaders, and working with Tourism Malaysia, the contest reaffirmed our commitment to collaboration, talent development and cultural preservation, propelling Malaysia's filmmaking industry forward.”

“The contest is a testament to the incredible talent and creativity of Malaysian film visionaries. We are proud to have played a role in supporting and fostering a new wave of Malaysian film talents”, added Hunter Zhang, Director of Image Communication Business Division at Canon Marketing Malaysia.

Dato’ Dr. Ammar Abd. Ghapar, Director General of Tourism Malaysia, also expressed his appreciation for the contest, saying, “We are delighted to see the winning films capture the essence of our nation, from vibrant cultures to stunning landscapes. We congratulate the winners and all the participants for their creativity and talent.”

Anwar Johari Ho won a new EOS R5C camera and sponsored prizes for his touching film "Don't Get Too Close to That Edge."

Walking away with sponsored prizes and a new EOS R5C camera was Anwar Johari Ho for his heartwarming film “Don't Get Too Close to That Edge”, entailing a story of a traditional dancer's relentless pursuit of perfection that pushes her physical and emotional limits. The judges praised the film's creativity, storytelling and technical execution, particularly the director's ability to create a compelling and emotionally driven narrative with cinematographic flair.

With a wide diversity of skilled local filmmakers, Malaysia is poised to rise to prominence in the region, and Canon is eager to support the sector's expansion and assist Malaysian visual storytellers in realising their aspirations.

Watch the contest shortlisted video on Canon Malaysia’s Official Youtube Channel to get a taste of the inventiveness and skill of Malaysian filmmakers. The video will be released at a later time.


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