Aspiring Filmmakers Can Win Up to RM 50,000 with the Canon Short Film Contest 2023

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The Malaysian film landscape is getting better and better, with shows like High Council and the recently released film Hungry Ghost Diner proving that local filmmakers have a lot to offer. If you’re looking for a foot in the door, now’s the perfect chance.

Canon has officially announced its first-ever “Canon Short Film Contest 2023” which invites aspiring filmmakers and content creators nationwide, whether armed with cameras or smartphones, to showcase their creativity. 

With this initiative supported by Tourism Malaysia, Canon aims to foster the sustainable growth of the Malaysian film landscape while shining a spotlight on the nation’s immense creative potential. 

Themed “Harmony in Diversity,” the Canon Short Film Contest 2023 invites participants to embark on a narrative journey in appreciation of the rich tapestry of cultures that surrounds us. 

The contest casts a spotlight on captivating short films that showcase the exceptional experiences that Malaysia has to offer such as culture, racial diversity and travel destinations; while serving as a compelling medium that highlights the flair for storytelling held by local amateur filmmakers.

The panel of judges for the contest are comprised of distinguished industry experts, including Raja Mukhriz, an accomplished director with numerous accolades for cinematography; Indra Che Muda Redzuan, a highly regarded Director of Photography with multiple honours; and Chew Han Tah, a veteran in TV programming and storytelling. 

Canon has partnered with Nanlite, SanDisk, Sennheiser and Zhiyun to offer an array of attractive prizes to the winners, including videography equipment up for grabs worth more than RM200,000 in total. 

One lucky grand prize winner will have a chance to walk away with RM 50,000 in prize money. The Canon Short Film Contest 2023 is open to all Malaysian residents aged 18 and above, with entries accepted from September 1 to October 15, 2023. 

The contest welcomes entries of short videos between three to ten minutes long, filmed on any brand of camera or smartphones. There are three categories for entry – Camera, University & Colleges (for university and college students) and Smartphone. 

Participants can submit their short films through Canon’s official website where more information for the contest can be found.

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