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Results of the 3rd China-Sabah Short Film Competition
2021-01-11

    The third edition of the China-Sabah Short Film Competition has garnered much support and awareness in Sabah this year with significant increase in the number and quality of submissions.

    The competition, organized by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu in collaboration with Kota Kinabalu Journalists Association (KKJA), has brought out the best in filmmakers, who highlighted the enduring friendship among China and Sabah and preservation of Chinese cultures through their video shooting techniques and editing skills.

    The year 2020 had been immensely challenging for both China and Sabah. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, China and Sabah have demonstrated strong friendship and brotherhood in overcoming the pandemic together, bringing the people closer than ever.

    In this competition, a portion of the submissions documented the moving stories of the joint effort between China and Sabah in battling against Covid-19 from the perspective of the filmmakers. Some showed the resilience of the people in overcoming these trying times through anecdotes. A participant even composed a song to celebrate life, love and the spirit of helping each other in these difficult times. Another promoted awareness on the precautious against Covid-19 through humour. The short films featured young and mature talents whose performance on portraying the solidarity between China and Sabah have truly touched the hearts of the audience.

    Meanwhile, the organizer also received short films that showcased the preservation of Chinese cultures and the determination of overseas Chinese in keeping their traditions alive for the next generation.

    It is indeed extremely difficult to select the winners among so many outstanding submissions.

    Following are the results after much deliberation:

    Gold Prize:《同心战疫》 Together in the Fight Against Covid-19 by Chin Shuk Wei

    Silver Prize: Connection by Lee Chun Hao

    Bronze Prize: Taste of Unity by Ho Yie Min

    Best Editing Award: My Best Sabahan Friend by Li Mingxue

    Most Creative Award:《我们》 Us by Teo Jinn Jiun

    Consolation Prizes (in no particular order):

Effort by Chester Pang Thien Fook

《缘续中沙》Enduring Friendship between China and Sabah by Yong Xing Yie

《年味·扣肉》Traditional Chinese New Year Cuisine – Kou Rou by Jacqueline Lim Boon Nee

《“疫”见真情,“疫”起过冬》Winter Solstice during the Covid-19 Pandemic by Leong Kat Fun

《心心相印》Closer than Ever by Winston Lim Choon Yee

《守望相助—记疫情中的中沙友谊》Friendship and Cooperation between china and Sabah in Facing the Covid-19 Pandemic by Deng Rong

《戏中请,沙中情》The Chinese Art of Face Changing (Bian Lian) by Chin Wee Hau

《疫情·义情·姐妹情》The Spirit of Sisterhood Amid Covid-19 by Leong Kat Chin

《中沙情缘之守望相助、患难与共》Together through Weal and Woe by Chew Tze Ha

Window Fishing by Aaron Hiew Ing Sheng

True Sabahan Chinese by Phung Mann Chung

《人间最美》Most Beautiful Thing in the World by Yong Xing Yie

《墨》Chinese Calligraphy by Amy Leung Yan Wai

Legend of Kinabalu I: The Dragon of Kinabalu by Phung Mann Chung

Legend of Kinabalu II: The Chinese Widow by Phung Mann Chung

    All video submissions can be viewed on China Sabah Short Film Competition’s official Facebook page at facebook.com/chinasabah or YouTube channel at youtube.com/channel/UCWFvDUthHMod0mfWo83uvwA.

    Short films of the top winners will also be posted on the official WeChat account of the Chinese consulate, consulate_KK, as well as the official WeChat account of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia, MLXYLST, as well as its Facebook page at facebook.com/chinaembmyfacebook.com/chinaembmyCNfacebook.com/chinaembmyBMand other social media platforms.

    In light of the Covid-19 situation in Sabah and imposition of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), the organizer has no choice but to postpone the prize presentation ceremony. The exact date and time of the ceremony will be announced at a later date when the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided.

    The Chinese consulate and KKJA once again thank all participants for taking part in the competition, and are grateful to friends who care about and support the competition, wishing everyone a good health and success in business in the new year.

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