Malaysia finishes 3rd in Tropfest South East Asia

Tropfest South East Asia 2014 Penang Malaysia

First Tropfest Short Film Competition in South East Asia ends with film premiere & outdoor festival

The first ever Tropfest in South East Asia was held recently in Penang and out of the 12 finalist shorts, 24-year-old Cambodian Sothea Ines walked away with the top prize for her film Rice. Fellow Cambodian, Polen Ly, came in as first runner up with his silent short film, Duetto and Ezequial Paolinelli was second runner up with his entry for Malaysia, The Last Flight (his name doesn’t sound like Malaysian, I know).

The panel of five industry expert judges in this short film competition, comprising Oscar-winning director Adam Elliot, Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic, top Singaporean director Glen Goei, Malaysian actress Sharifah Amani, and the director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Roger Garcia, came to the decision after watching the work of all 12 shortlisted entries live at the Esplanade, Penang.

Ly and Paolinelli will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Tropfest in Sydney and Tropfest Arabia respectively, while the grand prize winner receives US$10,000 on top of a 5-day immersion trip to Los Angeles, sponsored by the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

Tropfest South East Asia 2014 winners

Aside from the screening of the films, the inaugural Tropfest SEA also featured live musical performances from Paperplane Pursuit, Paladin and White Shoes & the Couples Company. Red FM DJs Mynn, JJ and Papi Zak acted as emcees alongside Bernie Chan and Jonathan Case, The Esplanade also played host to a variety of food and drink stalls, pop-up shops from a range of local businesses, and a “black carpet” by which celebrity guests including Singaporean actress Tan Kheng Hua, MediaCorp artiste Gurmit Singh (Phua Chu Kang) and director Saw Teong Hin walked in for interviews.

All the films seem to be only around 7 minutes long but it’s enough to impress. From what I heard, some of these amateur filmmakers, like Ezequial Paolinelli, were actually doing it for the first time and yet they managed to produce such brilliant shorts. Rice is the clear winner though, hands down, no argument there. Purposeful black and white silent film, based on actual event, with child actors. Check it out yourself, here are the top 3 films of Tropfest SEA 2014;

Winner – ‘Rice’ by Sothea Ines

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1st runner up – ‘Duetto’ by Polen Ly

2nd runner up – ‘The Last Flight’ by Ezequial Paolinelli

All the 12 finalist films can be watched here on YouTube. The public can watch and, if you’re not too late, vote for their favourite film at for a chance to win US$500 from Tropfest SEA and a 4D3N luxury cruise to Krabi, Thailand, sponsored by Star Cruises.

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