Imbas kembali: Pesta Filem KITA 2

16 Mac 2019 menandakan hari berlangsungnya Pesta Filem KITA siri kedua oleh Projek Dialog.

Festival ini ditubuhkan dengan tujuan menjadikan filem sebagai medium penyatuan rakyat Malaysia dan platform bagi menampilkan bakat-bakat belia tanah air.  Kali ini, kami berhasrat untuk menangkap tenaga anak muda yang sama seperti dari Pesta Filem KITA yang pertama tetapi berelemenkan unsur-unsur optimisme yang disandarkan oleh ‘Malaysia Baru’.

Pesta Filem KITA 2 juga dengan bangganya telah ditaja oleh United States Agency for International Development (USAID), US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur dan Malaysians 4 Malaysia.

Selepas beberapa perbincangan, akhirnya acara yang berlangsung selama 10 jam ini diadakan di RUANG by Think City di tengah-tengah bandar Kuala Lumpur dan dikelilingi kawasan yang kaya dengan budaya tradisional dan moden serta menjadi titik pertemuan antara pelbagai lapisan masyarakat. Selain dipilih kerana aksesibiliti yang mudah, ruang acara tertutup ini mampu menyediakan suasana peribadi, yang semestinya sesuai untuk menikmati filem!

Tempoh persiapan untuk acara ini berlanjutan selama lebih 3 bulan dan telah dipimpin oleh ahli Projek Dialog, Victoria Cheng dan Muzzamer Rahman. Pihak Pesta Filem KITA 2 telah menyokong pembikinan 7 filem yang kesemuanya dipercayai mampu memberi pandangan-pandangan yang kaya berkenaan kepelbagaian gaya hidup di Malaysia.  Sepanjang tempoh promosi di media sosial seperti Facebook, Twitter dan Instagram, acara ini disambut oleh ramai pihak dengan komentar positif terutamanya berkenaan bakat-bakat muda tanah air yang menyertai geran pembikinan filem PFK2!

Ruang acara digunakan secara berkesan dengan pembahagian seksyen-seksyen: skrin besar dengan platform yang dibangkitkan untuk tayangan dan ucapan, tikar mengkuang dan kerusi beanbag disusun di hadapanya untuk suasana yang santai, sementara kerusi yang lebih tinggi berbaris hingga ke ruang belakang. Selain itu, terdapat ruang bergambar di mana latar belakang yang memaparkan poster PFK dengan gambaran ‘Nasi Lemak’ dikongsi bersama masyarakat pelbagai kaum.

Di sebelah ruang bergambar, terdapat kiub-kiub besar yang mempamerkan biodata pemenang geran serta sinopsis-sinopsis filem yang ditayangkan pada hari terbabit. Poster dan bunting dipaparkan berdekatan dinding dan sebuah skrin plasma disediakan untuk mempamerkan filem-filem pemenang geran daripada Pesta Filem KITA yang pertama.

Di samping itu, terdapat ruang penjualan buku yang diuruskan oleh Bibliophile (facebook.com/existbookshop.) dan Daniyal Kadir, yang telah mempromosikan karya beliau berjudul ‘Membedah P.Ramlee’. Meja pendaftaran disusun berdekatan pintu masuk untuk mengambil bilangan pelawat serta memberi baju T dan sticker laptop percuma.

Pesta Filem KITA 2 dimulakan dengan tayangan video daripada finalis-finalis Pertandingan Video Pendek Malaysians 4 Malaysia (M4M). Tema untuk video-video penyertaan adalah Harapan Anak Muda Untuk Malaysia Baru dan setiap video perlu berdurasi 1 hingga 5 minit sahaja. Lebih daripada 30 penyertaan telah dihantar oleh para pelajar di seluruh Malaysia dan hanya 9 finalis terpilih untuk ditayangkan hasil produksi mereka dan diberikan anugerah. Finalis-finalis tersebut adalah:

  • Butang Hukum (oleh: Ahmad Syazwan Bin Rosli)
  • Garisan Penamat (oleh: Izaq Yuzaini Bin Ismail)
  • Memoir (oleh: Adam Taufiq Suharto)
  • Above All Liberties (oleh: Tengku ‘Alauddin Mahmud)
  • Wanderlust (oleh: Syarul Akmal)
  • Our Hope and Dream For A New Malaysia (oleh: Bea Jia Hui)
  • Cengkerik Malam (oleh: Hakim Hasnan)
  • Buku (oleh: Khairi Hizami Bin Zalani)
  • Cultural Change: Beyond the Ballot Box (oleh: Teoh Sing Fei)

Selepas penayangan video yang mempamerkan tema melalui perspektif yang berbeza, jelaslah bahawa anak-anak muda Malaysia kini mempunyai potensi yang besar untuk bukan sahaja membikin video dan filem, tetapi memimpin masa hadapan dengan penuh patriotisme dan cinta untuk kepelbagaian di negara kita. Kemudiannya, temu ramah ringkas dan sesi Q & A diadakan bersama finalis-finalis, yang dijalankan oleh pengacara rasmi Pesta Filem KITA 2 – Sadiq.

Akhirnya, pemenang telah diumumkan berdasarkan keputusan kolektif oleh kurator kami yang dihormati, Victoria Cheng, Muzzamer Rahman, dan Fuad Rahmat, yang juga hakim untuk pertandingan ini:

  • Tempat pertama: Memoir
  • Tempat kedua: Butang Hukum
  • Tempat ketiga: Garisan Penamat
Yana Rizal

Di samping itu, Butang Hukum turut menjuarai Anugerah Pilihan Penonton sebagai kegemaran orang ramai, sepertimana yang diputuskan oleh para tetamu menerusi undian atas talian. Ucapan telah diberikan oleh Yana Rizal untuk mengungkapkan tahniah kepada para peserta atas dedikasi dan usaha kreatif mereka. Sesi pertandingan ini berakhir sekitar pukul 1 petang dan setiap finalis dan pemenang pulang dengan hadiah wang dan sijil sebagai bukti peruntukan mereka.

Pada masa yang sama, pendaftaran berlangsung sepanjang tempoh acara dan bilangan sambutan terus mengagumkan pihak Pesta Filem KITA 2, lebih 300 pelawat telah menghadiri festival ini dan majoriti besar adalah warga belia Malaysia. Setelah para pelawat mendaftarkan diri, mereka diberi baju-baju kemeja T bertemakan PFK2 dan sticker laptop sebagai sagu hati percuma. Ini menjadi tarikan popular dengan ramai memuji rekaan baju tersebut yang ringkas dan bermakna.

Baju kemeja T dan Sticker Laptop Pesta Filem KITA percuma!

Seterusnya di sebelah petang,, dua bengkel yang bertujuan untuk menyebarkan pengetahuan tentang pembuatan filem dan dokumentari telah dijalankan dari jam 1.30 petang hingga 3.30 petang. Bengkel pertama yang diketuai oleh Dr Khairul Fazi, menyampaikan tajuk menarik iaitu mengenai ‘Dokumentari: Cinéma Vérité yang Baru dan Berani’, bengkel ini menekankan dokumentari sebagai teknik pembuatan filem yang lazim.

Bengkel kedua telah dijalankan oleh Joshua Michael, yang menjelaskan dan menghuraikan topik ‘Media Baru, New Malaysia’, dengan demikian mengulas landskap media dalam iklim politik dan sistematik semasa. Ramai tetamu mengisi kerusi -kerusi yang tersedia, mendahagakan pengetahuan tentang dunia pembikinan filem.

Resepsi Koktel

Malam GALA bermula pada jam 5.30 petang dengan resepsi koktel yang ringan untuk memberi keselesaan kepada pelawat. Meja bufet diisi dengan sandwich mini yang tersusun dengan kemas, spaghetti Bolognese dalam cawan, kuih muih dan minuman, ketika para tetamu sedang bersosial.

Setelah orang ramai bersiap sedia untuk tayangan filem, YB Fahmi Fadzil yangmerupakan ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai diberi penghormatan untuk menyampaikan ucapan pembukaan, dengan menekankan kepentingan pembikinan filem sebagai suatu bentuk kesenian dan pengaruhnya dalam budaya di Malaysia.

YB Fahmi Fadzil, ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai

Tayangan filem sesi pertama bermula dengan 160 Juta (Diarahkan oleh: Ashrafiqal Aleef), melibatkan watak utama wanita yang kuat  untuk mempertahankan kampungnya daripada eksploitasi orang yang berkuasa, tetapi yang menonjolkan filem ini adalah konsep koboi barat yang menggabungkan persamaan dan juga kontras terhadap budaya tradisional kampung Melayu.

Aku Dan Roxane (Diarahkan oleh: Mohammad Fais Hafiz) seterusnya, meninggalkan penonton dengan renungan makna yang lebih mendalam tentang ‘kekacauan’ dalam kehidupan di bandar KL melalui pengeditan avant-garde, kerumitan emosi watak dan lampu neon bandar.

Akhirnya, Rumah Tidak Bertanah (yang diarahkan oleh: Putri Purnama Sugua) menandakan pengakhiran sesi pertama, filem ini berikutan kisah seorang kanak tanpa kewarganegaraan di Sabah, hidup dalam kemiskinan yang melampau, berusaha untuk mendapatkan pendidikan dan akhirnya terpisah dari ibunya selepas berlari dari pihak berkuasa. Filem ini berdasarkan isu-isu benar yang berlaku di Sabah.

Selepas itu, sesi Q & A (yang diketuai oleh Victoria Cheng) telah diadakan dengan ketiga-tiga pembikin filem tersebut untuk memberi gambaran tentang usaha-usaha di sebalik produksi mereka.

Tayangan filem sesi kedua diadakan selepas rehat selama 30 minit. Ianya bermula dengan Keretapi Ke Pangi (Diarahkan oleh: Mohamad Yusof B. Sadjirin), yang menggambarkan ikatan sentimental antara anggota keluarga dan kehidupan sederhana mereka di kawasan luar bandar, terutamanya di antara bapa dan anaknya, hubungan mereka semakin tegang selepas kemalangan bapa yang memaksakan anaknya untuk tergesa-gesa ke sebuah hospital yang terletak jauh kerana ketiadaan kereta api.

 Seterusnya, Khilaf (Diarahkan oleh: Khairi Asyraff & Dihasilkan oleh: Rais Aqil) secara berkesannya menggambarkan isu perkahwinan bawah umur dan nilai-nilai agama yang bercanggah melalui kisah seorang bapa yang dimanipulasi oleh kenalan rapat untuk mengahwinkan anak perempuannya yang telah dirogol, meninggalkan penonton dalam keadaan tegang.

Ninavau (Diarahkan oleh: Bebbra Mailin) ​​menceritakan masalah biasa berkenaan kebudayaan antara Islam dan Kristian melalui Ninavau, yang berasal dari rumah tangga Kristian, menukar agama kepada Islam dan menghadapi tekanan keluarga dan masyarakat untuk mengikut agamanya secara bebas.

Malaysian Like Me (Diarahkan oleh: Cech Adrea) adalah dokumentari yang berfokuskan kehidupan beberapa watak dan mempamerkan keramahan dan humor gaya Malaysia tertentu yang turut melibatkan hubungan sesama kita.

 Sesi Q & A kedua (yang diketuai oleh Muzzamer Rahman) diadakan bersama pembikin filem-filem ini untuk memahami lagi hasil-hasil produksi mereka.

Setiap filem kemudiannya dinilai oleh panel juri: Nova Goh – seorang pembikin dokumentari, Redza Minhat – pelakon dan penulis skrip, Indrani Kopal – pembikin filem, dan Dr Wan Aida Wan Yahaya – seorang akademik dan penulis skrip. Sebelum pengumuman pemenang, ucapan telah diberikan oleh setiap juri, dan juga kurator, Victoria Cheng, Muzzamer Rahman serta Fuad Rahmat untuk mengakui kreativiti dan usaha-usaha pembikin filem.

Akhirnya, pemenang setiap kategori telah diumumkan selepas keputusan dibuat:

  • Sinematografi Terbaik: Khilaf, yang menggunakan tangkapan lebar,watak yang bijak dan kedudukan objek dapat meningkatkan kesan yang mendebarkan, tangkapan filem di ladang getah yang diterangi matahari sangat menonjol.
  • Pengeditan Terbaik: Khilaf, yang secara berkesan menggunakan pemotongan pantas dan aksi berturut-turut untuk menekankan intensiti dan ketegangan, tetapi juga menggambarkan urutan yang koheren.
  • Pengarah Terbaik: Rumah Ndak Beranah, kompeten pengarah dipuji atas pengurusan pelakon  – yang memaparkan penduduk setempat – dan kepimpinan yang mahir dalam membuat keputusan dan menggambarkan plot pengalaman hidup yang benar dengan tepat.
  • Jalan Cerita Terbaik: Rumah Ndak Bertanah, yang menampilkan gambaran yang tepat tentang isu sosial yang berleluasa di Sabah, juga mempunyai naratif yang jelas yang menekankan logik sebab dan akibat.

Di samping itu, penonton sedang sibuk kerana mereka perlu memutuskan filem kegemaran mereka melalui undi atas talian. Hasilnya, pemenang Anugerah Pilihan Penonton adalah 160 Juta, yang menampilkan gabungan menarik antara kebudayaan barat dan budaya Malaysia, dan kecantikan cahaya matahari yang keemasan dan cahaya bulan biru yang mengasyikkan.

Majlis penyampaian anugerah itu menandakan berakhirnya Pesta Filem Kita 2. Secara keseluruhan, festival ini telah berjaya melebihi sasaran 300 orang pelawat dan menyambut lebih banyak penyertaan daripada warga belia Malaysia. Oleh itu, acara ini memiliki banyak potensi dan peluang masa hadapan untuk Projek Dialog dan semestinya kami akan menantikan kehadiran Pesta Filem KITA 3!

Jumpa anda lagi di masa hadapan!

Throwback: Pesta Filem KITA 2

16th March 2019 marked the day of Projek Dialog’s second instalment of Pesta Filem Kita 2. Boasting a reputation of showcasing films which illustrate the Malaysian experience and lifestyle, it aims to bring people together through films as an important cultural medium.

This event was proudly supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Embassy in Malaysia, and Malaysians 4 Malaysia. After close consideration of multiple factors, this 10-hour long event is decidedly held in RUANG by Think City, which is right in the heart of KL, surrounded by an area best known for KL’s rich, traditional and modern culture. Apart of its accessibility granted for our guests, a closed-off event space is able to provide a privatized atmosphere, definitely suitable for enjoying movies!

The preparations for this event were undergone for about three months. Spearheaded by the curators: Victoria Cheng, Muzzamer Rahman, and Fuad Rahmat, they are able to ensure the success and smooth-running of the festival.

During its promotional stage, it garnered a lot of attention and positive responses from the public, especially on social media platforms such as: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are able to showcase incredible statistics. This time period is crucial for the success of the event, as it is important to spread the word!

The event space is effectively utilized by splitting it into sections: a large screen with a raised platform for screenings and speeches served as the room’s centrepiece, bamboo mats and beanbag chairs strewed across it for a fun and casual movie-going experience, while higher chairs lined tidily beyond them up until the back of the room.

Beside the stage featured a large poster board of the events’ logo: a plate of nasi lemak – which is Malaysia’s most famous delicacy – shared among people of different races – which is exemplified by the skin tones and cultural characteristics of their hands, serving as a designated space for taking pictures.

Posters and buntings about the event’s information lined the walls, accompanied by large cardboard cubes with the filmmakers’ profile stacked together, and the filmmakers definitely enjoyed them, as most of the filmmakers took the cubes of themselves home! Furthermore, a plasma television was set up to showcase films from the last ‘Pesta Filem Kita’, which was held in 2016.

Book vendors ran their businesses with their stalls set up next to the buntings, while the registration and free goodies table was placed by the entrance to make a guest count and hand out free t-shirts and laptop stickers.

Pesta Filem Kita 2 kicked off with ‘Malaysians 4 Malaysia Short Video Contest’ open to Malaysian students with a top cash prize of RM 2,000. The theme of the contest was ‘The Hopes for the Youth for a New Malaysia’, which is importantly relevant to the current state of our country with its recent government change and youths being next in line to shape its future. The contest had gathered more than 30 applicants, and it was narrowed down to 9 finalists after meticulous consideration. The finalists are as followed:

  • Butang Hukum (by: Ahmad Syazwan Bin Rosli)
  • Garisan Penamat (by: Izaq Yuzaini Bin Ismail)
  • Memoir (by: Adam Taufiq Suharto)
  • Above All Liberties (by: Tengku ‘Alauddin Mahmud)
  • Wanderlust (by: Syarul Akmal)
  • Our Hope and Dream For A New Malaysia (by: Bea Jia Hui)
  • Cengkerik Malam (by: Hakim Hasnan)
  • Buku (by: Khairi Hizami Bin Zalani)
  • Cultural Change: Beyond the Ballot Box (by: Teoh Sing Fei)

After a screening of videos which showcase the title through diverse perspectives, it is evident that the youths of Malaysia possess immense potential to be not only filmmakers, but future leaders who pledge patriotism and love for the diversity in our country. Then, a short interview and Q&A session were held with the[U1]  young filmmakers, conducted by the event’s emcee – Sadiq.

And finally, the winners were announced based on a collective decision by our esteemed curators, Victoria Cheng, Muzzamer Rahman, and Fuad Rahmat, who were also the judges for this contest:

  • 1st place: Memoir
  • 2nd place: Butang Hukum
  • 3rd place: Garisan Penamat
Yana Rizal

Additionally, Butang Hukum also swept up Audience Choice Award, as decided by the guests through an online poll, determining it as the popular crowd favourite. A speech was given by Yana Rizal to congratulate the contestants for their dedication and creative endeavours. The contest ended at 1pm as the winners went home with prize money and certificates as a proof of their provision.

At the same time, registrations were made throughout the duration of the event, and the statistics gathered were very impressionable and proved the event to be successful: more than 300 guests, consisted of mostly Malaysian youths attended. After the guests have successfully registered, event-themed t-shirts and laptop stickers (sponsored by Malaysians 4 Malaysia) were handed out as complimentary gifts to guests, the gifts proved to be popular as they sported a simple yet meaningful design and was widely demanded.

Free ‘Pesta Filem KITA’ themed T-shirts and laptop stickers!

Later in the afternoon, two workshops aimed to spread knowledge about filmmaking were conducted from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The first workshop was led by Dr Khairul Fazi, lecturing the finer points on the topic ‘Documentaries: The Bold New Cinéma Vérité’, reflecting on the documentary style as a prevalent filmmaking technique.

The second workshop was conducted by Joshua Michael, explaining and elaborating on the topic ‘New Media, New Malaysia’, thus commenting on the media landscape in the current political and systematic climate. Waves of people filled the seats, eager to get a fill of filmmaking knowledge.

Cocktail Reception

The Evening GALA began on 5.30pm with a light-hearted cocktail reception to break the ice. The buffet table was crammed with neatly-arranged finger-sandwiches, spaghetti Bolognese cups, kuih muih and beverages, as the guests mingled about and socialized.

As the crowds settled down for the screening, the highly-respected YB Fahmi Fadzil – who is the member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai – was given the honour to give an opening speech, stressing the importance of filmmaking as an art form and its power within Malaysian culture.

YB Fahmi Fadzil, Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai

The first session of the screening started off with 160 Juta (Directed by: Ashrafiqal Aleef), featuring a strong female lead to defend her village against an exploitive person in power, but what makes it stood out was its western cowboy film inspired style, merging with and also contrasting against traditional Malay kampung culture.

Aku Dan Roxane (Directed by: Mohammad Fais Hafiz) was up next, leaving the audience to ponder the deeper meanings of ‘chaos’ in the city life of KL through its avant-garde editing, characters’ complex emotional space and stunning visuals of sombre, city neon lights.

And finally, Rumah Tidak Bertanah (Directed by: Putri Purnama Sugua) served as an ending to the first session, following the story of an undocumented child in Sabah, living in extreme poverty, striving to receive education and finally being separated from his parent as he ran from the police, accurately representing a current issue in Sabah.

Afterwards, a Q&A session (led by Victoria Cheng) was held with the three filmmakers in order to give us a glimpse into the effort behind their productions.

The second session was held after a 30-minute prayer break. It began with Keretapi Ke Pangi (Directed by: Mohamad Yusof B. Sadjirin), illustrating the sentimental bonds between family members and their simple lives in a rural area, most particularly between a father and his son, their relationship was magnified during the father’s accident which requires the son to rush him to a faraway hospital as there aren’t any trains available.

Next up, Khilaf (Directed by: Khairi Asyraff & Produced by: Rais Aqil) effectively portrayed the political issue of child marriage and contradictory religious values through the story of a single father and his daughter being manipulated by a close friend into marrying his daughter after raping her, leaving the audience at the edge of their seats.

Ninavau (Directed by: Bebbra Mailin) narrates a common cultural problem between Islam and Christianity through Ninavau, who came from a Christian household, converting to Islam and face familial and societal pressures to freely follow her religion.

Malaysian Like Me (Directed by: Cech Adrea) is a documentary emphasizing on the lives through light-hearted banter between characters, showcasing a specific Malaysian-style of friendliness and humour that surrounds the relationship between us.

A second Q&A session (led by Muzzamer Rahman) was held with the remaining filmmakers to understand more about their films.

Each films were then considered by a diverse panel of judges: Nova Goh – a documentary filmmaker, Redza Minhat – an actor and a scriptwriter, Indrani Kopal – a filmmaker, and Dr Wan Aida Wan Yahaya – an academic and a scriptwriter. Before the announcement of winners, speeches were given by each judge, along with the events’ curators to give their acknowledgements.

Finally, the winners of each category were announced after a decision was made:

  • Best Cinematography: Khilaf, which used of wide-angled shots and clever character and object placements were able to enhance the thrilling effect, shots on the sun-lit rubber plantation particularly stood out.
  • Best Editing: Khilaf, which effectively used fast-paced, match-on-action cuts to emphasize intensity and suspense, but also to portray a coherent sequence. 
  • Best Director: Rumah Ndak Bertanah, applauded for the director’s competent management of actors – which featured the locals – and decisive leadership skills to depict an accurate plot of a true, lived experience.
  • Best Storyline: Rumah Ndak Bertanah, which features an accurate portrayal of a prevalent social issue occurring in Sabah, also has a coherent narrative which stresses the logic of cause and effect.

On the other hand, the audience were making their own decisions as well, as they decided on their favourites through an online poll. As a result, the Audience Choice Award winner is: 160 Juta, which features an interesting mash up between western culture and Malaysian culture, and an aesthetic of surreal golden-hour sunlight and dreamy ocean blue moonlight.

The award giving ceremony marked the end of Pesta Filem Kita 2. Overall, it managed to exceed the target of 300 visitors and welcomed more participation from the youths of Malaysia. Therefore, this event reserved a lot of potential for Projek Dialog, as we will definitely look forward to Pesta Filem Kita 3!


PESTA FILEM KITA 2, AKAN DATANG!

Pesta Filem KITA kembali lagi pada tahun ini dan kali ini kita akan menyambut era Malaysia Baru dan anak-anak muda! Datanglah ke RUANG pada 16 Mac dan sertai bengkel-bengkel serta tayangan filem eksklusif oleh pemenang-pemenang geran PFK 2019! *ACARA PERCUMA, TERBUKA KEPADA SEMUA* Pesta Filem KITA is back again this year and this time we are going to celebrate the New Malaysia and the youth! Come on down to RUANG on March 16th and participate in our masterclasses and an exclusive screening of the young grant winner’s films! *FREE EVENT, OPEN TO ALL* #PESTAFILEMKITA2019 #MARCHON #PestaFilemKITA2 #AnakMudadanMalaysiaBaru


SCHEDULE
11:00-13:00
Malaysians 4 Malaysia Video Competition
13:00-15:00
Masterclass 1: Documentaries: The Bold New Cinema Verite
13:00-15:00
Masterclass 2: New Media, New Malaysia
17:30-18:30
Cocktail Reception & Speech by YB Fahmi Fadzil
18:30-19:30
Film Screening 1 & Q&A Panel
20:00-21:00
Film Screening 2 & Q&A Panel
21:00-22:00
Pesta Filem KITA 2 Award Ceremony
FB Event Page : PESTA FILEM KITA 2
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