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Tan Ce Ding's 'Hawa' wins BMW Shorties 2016

The film also nabs Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 20 Dec 2016

BMW Shorties 2016
BMW Group Malaysia CEO Han Sang Yun and Tan Ce Ding (Photo: BMW Group Malaysia)

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!

Cast and crew of 'Hawa'. (Photo: BMW Group Malaysia)

Scroll on for the list of the night's winners.

Grand Prize
Hawa by Tan Ce Ding

People's Choice
Aman Nak Besar by Affendi Azizan

Best Director
Tan Ce Ding for Hawa

Best Actor
Azman Hassan in Terus

Best Actress
Sukania Venugopal in Terminal

Best Cinematography
Iswandi Salim for Aman Nak Besar

Best Editing
Chan Kean Wah for Once See Fatt Cai (一見發財)

Best Screenplay
Tan Ce Ding & Andy Darrel Gomes for Hawa

Best Sound Design
Azrin Mohamad Noor for Hawa

Best Production Design
Aiman Hamzah for Terus

Related: Siti Nurhaliza wins big at the Anugerah Industri Muzik 2016


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