The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts organised the 2nd Cambodia National Short Film Festival last week to inspire and encourage talented Cambodian youths to use filmmaking in delivering relevant and significant messages to the society. The event, themed “Short film as a stepping stone to feature film”, saw the participation of various youth groups who have deep passion for storytelling and video production.
Speaking at the festival last week, Pok Borak, director of Cinema and Cultural Diffusion Department, said that “the event is very crucial as an eye opening opportunity for all young Cambodians to manifest their passion, talent and ability to create high quality films. All shortlisted short films have big chances of becoming part of the film industry.”
Mr Borak said this year’s film entries focused on youth, culture and social development.
He added, “aside from the competition, we also offered basic film training in script writing, foundation knowledge of film directing and shooting. We did this to help the participants to produce the best quality. We had Come Together Films, Nikon Cambodia and Khmer Mekong Films to support us in this project.”
The film festival is organised annually to not only help in the development of the local film industry but to also encourage youth to take an active part in preserving the culture and tradition.
H.E Phoeurng Sackona of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts said that the ministry was very delighted to support the film festival as it provides young people who love filmmaking an opportunity to contribute something to the society. The film festival also promotes education, morality, virtue and real Khmer identity.
“The ministry has been working very hard to make policies and strategies in order to utilise the potentials of our youth to help the country culturally and economically. The commitment and hard work shown by everyone is amazing. We will surely be recognised in the international stage,” Ms Sackona said.
Taking the opportunity, Ms Sackona expressed her profound gratitude to the committee of the festival, co-organisers and other companies for sharing their expertise to strengthen the abilities of young filmmakers in the country.
This year, 41 short films had been submitted to the organisers. Of these, six had shortlisted for the final round and three films won cash prizes in yesterday’s awarding ceremony.