For the 19th year in running, the Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards 2016, which is also known as the Grammys or the Oscars of the creative industry organised by The One Academy, is back! RM600,000 worth of scholarships will be given away to winners.
Scouring through the country from 8 locations and 5 states, the final showdown was held at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre along with contestants from the Klang Valley itself. The Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards 2016 is an art competition for secondary schools in Malaysia held annually in conjunction with Pixar Animation Studios’ animated film feature mid-year release.
This year, Pixar Animation Studios will be screening ‘Finding Dory’ in the cinemas soon and The One Academy team went to Sibu and Kuching, Sarawak, Batu Pahat and Johor Bahru, Johor, Georgetown, Penang, Ipoh, Perak and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in search for the finest artists since early May.
All these artists competed for the Best of the Best Gold Award title which rewards the winner with The One Academy Scholarship worth RM50,000, a trophy, movie premiums and a certificate among many other attractive prizes that will help pave a way for the aspiring and talented artist to chase his or her dream to embrace art as a future career.
In this final showdown, it was Kua Kuei Chin, 18, from Petaling Jaya, Selangor, won the coveted Best of the Best Gold Award 2016 followed by Chiam Yee Yun, 17 from Penang who clinched the Silver Award and Lian Wei How, 17 from Kuala Kubu Bharu, Hulu Selangor, who won the Bronze.
Also awarded in this prestigious awards ceremony are Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Creative Youth Awards 2016 which recognises artists who have received international and regional awards around the globe and this award is conferred by Y.B. Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development who is the Guest of Honour for the day.
Among recipients of the award are Creative Director of Spectrovisuals Aston Lai Chee Yen; Award-Winning Creative Director and Interior Design Consultant of DNA Creativers Can Yong, Co-Founder of Running Snail Studio Chong Fei Giap; Senior Animator of Ubisoft Singapore Daniel Tjondropuro; Creative Group Head of TBWA Group Singapore Douglas Goh; Lead of Matchmove TD at Double Negative Visual Effects, Vancouver, Canada, Esther Yap; Award-winning Chief Creative Officer and Chief Game Designer of Appxplore Sdn Bhd. and a pioneer in the Malaysian gaming industry Lim Jenn Yu; Award-winning Executive Creative Director of #1 agency in Asia Y&R Shanghai Ong Kien Hoe; Award-winning Executive Creative Partner of BBDO Shanghai Tan Yan Chay; and Managing Director of The Viincology Yew Kai Leong.
On the sideline, The One Academy students are also awarded for achieving high standards in their projects and for winning industrial awards at the industry level through The One Academy Student Creative Awards 2016 (or TOASCA 2016) and International Industry Awards 2016, which is also conferred by Y.B. Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
“The reason why we run this award ceremony is because as an artist ourselves, we understand how challenging it is to rise up and succeed in the creative industry and therefore, want to recognise these artists for their achievements. This way, may our current students be inspired by these role models and exemplify them, work hard and one day, walk in their footsteps. All these are really, in line with our Masters Train Masters coaching philosophy that we not just have industry leaders coming over and sharing their work experience with our students to complete the cycle of creating experts in the creative field, but also give them inspiration through the Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards ceremonies,” said Tatsun Hoi, Founder and Principal of The One Academy.
Participants of The Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards Competition hard at work.
Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Creative Youth Awards 2016 conferred by YB Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre.
Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards 2016 MT10 Winners Gold, Silver and Bronze Winners conferred by YB Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre.