Tan Ce Ding's 'Hawa' wins BMW Shorties 2016
The film also nabs Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design
In its tenth edition, the BMW Shorties 2016 Grand Prize goes to 25-year-old director Tan Ce Ding's film called Hawa. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic zombie-infested Malaysia, and follows the friendship between an infected girl called Hawa and a boy named Meng.
Tan explained that the zombie outbreak in his film represents the negativity that threatens bonds between individuals in real life.
"Just like the zombie pandemic which came between Hawa and Meng, ill-conceived ideas are like diseases infecting our society – posing risks to human relationships conceived out of goodwill," Tan said.
"But more than exposing the frailty of human relationships, we wanted to remind the audience to appreciate and fight for the humanity within all of us – that inherently, we seek to bond with one another in spite of social issues threatening to separate us," he added. "And in the short film, we see just that in the persevering friendship between Hawa and Meng."
Tan's prize is a production grant of RM75,000 from BMW Group Malaysia. He will also receive mentorship from the judges – Liew Seng Tat, Lina Tan, Nadira Illana, Lee Chatametikool, and Yuni Hadi – to produce his next short film.
Besides nabbing the grand prize, Hawa and its production crew also received awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Sound Design. Congratulations, everybody!
Scroll on for the list of the night's winners.
Hawa by Tan Ce Ding
Aman Nak Besar by Affendi Azizan
Tan Ce Ding for Hawa
Azman Hassan in Terus
Sukania Venugopal in Terminal
Iswandi Salim for Aman Nak Besar
Chan Kean Wah for Once See Fatt Cai (一見發財)
Tan Ce Ding & Andy Darrel Gomes for Hawa
Best Sound Design
Azrin Mohamad Noor for Hawa
Best Production Design
Aiman Hamzah for Terus