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IN little more than a month’s time, aspiring Malaysian filmmakers under the age of 25 will be able to test their movie-making skills while learning from some top names in the region.

But that’s only if they’re selected for the awesome Next New Wave film-making workshop, which is back for its second year.

The brainchild of director Tan Chui Mui, the workshop focuses on six elements of the craft – producing, directing, production design, cinematography, editing and sound.

“You can only learn film-making by making films,” said Tan. “That’s why workshops like these are important.”

The workshop, sponsored by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia, will hold its second edition from Aug 19-26 with the objective of encouraging young
Malaysians to develop their artistry and expose them to South-East Asian cinema.

It’s also important for filmmakers to build a supportive community, said Tan.

“When I first started out, all of us had a strong sense of community,” she said. “I find that’s lacking in young filmmakers now.”

To help foster this, the 14 participants will have to work together on their projects.

They will be helped along by their mentors, all respected names in the region’s film industry, names like John Torres from the Philippines and Thai film editor and sound editor Lee Chatametikool.

To apply, you have to be a Malaysian citizen born between 1991 and 2000.

Experience in making at least one short film/video/documentary is required.

To apply, submit an application form along with a previous short film, a self-introduction video and a motivational letter.

The introduction video and letter are both very important, as those are what could set you apart, advised Tan.

While the workshop is an incredible learning opportunity, Tan said it should also be a fun experience, which is very important to her as a filmmaker.

“Don’t take yourselves too seriously! Make some friends and have fun,” she said with a laugh.

Find out how you can apply for the Next New Wave film-making workshop at facebook.com/nextnewwave. Deadline for applications is Aug 7.

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