First Brunei Islamic Film Festival launched
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, March 13 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Brunei Islamic Film Festival kicked off with a symposium entitled “Islamic Film Genre: Issues, Possibilities and Implications for Brunei’s Screen Industry” at the complex Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.
Symposium participants included individuals from institutions of higher learning including Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Mahakarya Institute of Asian Arts (MIAA) and Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS), as well as filmmakers and heads of production houses and government agencies.
Festival director Siti Kamaluddin opened the symposium with a speech describing her enthusiasm for the Sultanate’s first-ever film festival dedicated to Islamic content.
“In 2019, we introduced the competitive Islamic Film category as part of the annual Brunei Film Blitz, and the category has since grown. But this year it has become its own festival,” she said.
Being a firm believer in the importance of education, research and study, Siti Kamaluddin said, “That’s why the festival starts with a symposium, which will allow participants to explore the concept of film genre and what it means to have an Islamic film. Bruneian screen identity.
MIAA’s Dr. Alex Fischer shared an overview of the Brunei Islamic Film Festival symposium and a study on film genres.
Dr. Yong Liu from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Dr. Ahmad F Yousif from UNISSA also presented at the festival.
The symposium aims to create a roadmap for scholarly research on Bruneian Islamic screen identity.
Fatin Feisal moderated a round table on the management of Islamic cinema.
Issues relating to Islamic etiquette, Halal food preparation, Islamic financing and insurance were discussed in more detail to ensure filmmakers dig into these details when producing Islamic content.
The symposium ended with a filmmaking workshop allowing participants to put into practice what had been discussed during the symposium. Participants received filmmaking exercises on ideation, cinematography, sound recording and editing.
Intensive one-on-one mentorships will be made available to participants over the next two weeks as they produce Islamic short films to be screened on March 30. – Borneo Bulletin/ANN