Tan Chui Mui heads to Taipei Film Festival as a jury

Malaysian director Tan Chui Mui has been picked as one of the five international juries to preside over the International New Talent Competition at the 20th Taipei Film Festival, happening from June 28 to July 14.

This segment of the festival was established in 2005 to discover emerging directors with their first or second work, be it a film or a non-fiction feature.

Each year, 10 to 12 films are picked to compete in the category. The juries will then select the Grand Prize and Special Jury Prize winners.

Tan is best known for her film Love Conquers All (2005) which has won international awards at the Pusan International Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival.

The director, who turns 40 this year, has taken upon herself to be a nurturing figure in the Malaysian film industry, and to discover new talents in the field.

With that in mind, she founded Next New Wave in 2015 with the support from Finas (National Film Development Corporation Malaysia).


A filepic of Tan Chui Mui. Photo: The Star/Kamarul Ariffin

Next New Wave has just announced the second South-East Asian Short Film Festival (SeaShorts) which will be held at George Town, Penang, from Aug 1 to 5, in conjunction with George Town Festival.

Last year saw the screening of 118 short films from Malaysia and nine neighbouring countries (Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and The Philippines).

This year, there will be 120 short films showcased.

The festival will feature a variety of programmes including emerging voices from the region, retrospection on previous films, as well as looking at topics such as indigenous communities.

One event worth checking out at SeaShorts 2018 is “My Student Film” in which established filmmakers like Lav Diaz, Dain Said, Anthony Chen, Liew Seng Tat, Garin Nugroho, and Aditya Assarat share the films they made as students.

Dain, who is well known for his excellent work in Bunohan, will showcase the movie he made in 1990 titled Surabaya Johny.

For more information, visit to its official site or go to its Facebook and Instagram (@seashortsmy).

Dain Saids student film, Surabaya Johny, will be shown at the SeaShorts Film Festival 2018. Photo: SeaShorts Film Festival 2018

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