Stranded in Borneo trying to escape from a madman while infected humans are running amok is what you’ll get from local indie film Belaban Hidup: Zombi Infeksi.
Yesterday, the film bagged the awards in Best Film and Best Horror Film categories at the International Symbolic Art Film Festival at St Petersburg, Russia.
Grateful for the wins, Sarawak-born producer and director, Ray Lee, 45 feels nothing but pride and joy for the buzz it’s making. “This is a victory for all of us. Thank you for the recognition.
“We hope this success will be an inspiration to other young filmmakers not to give up on producing creative works to make the nation proud,” he told Bernama.
The film previously made history after it won an award in the Horror and Science Fiction category in the feature film genre at 2021 Singapore World Film Carnival on 18 March, and even PM Muhyiddin Yassin congratulated them on the win.
Lee said the film was also nominated at the Los Angeles Marina Del Rey Film Festival and they are now anxiously waiting to see if they can get nominations for other international film festivals like the Paris Film Festival, Hollywood Blood Horror Festival and the Swedish Film Award.
Belaban Hidup: Zombi Infeksi is about a group of orphans who are locked up, trying to escape a mad scientist’s experiments that have gone terribly wrong.
It stars Pekin Ibrahim, Altimet, Pablo Amirul, Anna Melisa, Cassidy Panggau, Indonesian singer Tegar and Slovakian-born actress Katrina Gray. The film is expected to be screened by the end of this year.