DigiCon6 Asia is a renowned program dubbed as Asia’s largest short film festival. This event is sponsored by Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc (TBS), and was started in 2000 with the aim of identifying and nurturing individuals to lead the next generation of film and video makers. This competition is open to participants from Japan, Cambodia, China/Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The creative youths at The One Academy have won the Silver Award as well as the Next Generation Award. These awards are a testament to not only both team’s hard work and effort but also the remarkable education they have received from the academy. The team of Humming Bird and Magic Cereal have beat out many other entries to claim these wins.
The Hummingbird team consists of Teo Rui-Ruo, Nathaniel Himawan, Teresa Fustian, Deborah Yew, Nurul Addiny, Hadeel Ali A Kharashi, Lee Guan Hua, Teo Ze-Sean, Tirthapada Dasa, Aron Ng Yit Chen, Sherwyn Wong Hung Vern, Natasha Alyssa Binti Shuhaini, Kam Kok Leong, Alexander Ang Teck Wei, Loy Jie Xiang and Luke Ong Ning Ang. These bunch of talented individuals got together and created the short film titled Guan Gong & the Cat which won the Silver Award. This story follows the antics of Guan Gong and the Cat before becoming unlikely friends.
The Malaysia Next Generation Award was won by the team Magic Cereal. They produced the short film titled ‘The First of Spring’. This story is about the joys of the changing seasons and all that it brings with it. The team consisting of Lim Shaun Ren, Sharon Ng Hueh Vern, Ili Akmal Isa Binti Khalib, Wong Kak Lin, Yong Jie Yin, Lee Mun Chun, Wong Will Sin, Tung Wen Hau, Alexandra Sentosa Sopian, Carissa Stephanie, Cheng Jinn Yun, Chia Chen Han, Farina Maisarah Binti Zaitan, Grace Leonita Wiguna, Lee Teck Voon, Leong Jun Chei and Ong Ian put in tons of hard-work and it definitely paid off.
When asked about some challenges which they faced throughout this journey, Ian of team Magic Cereal stated “the difficulty of creating and developing our characters and story” was the main challenge. He went on to say that the team had gone through many versions and designs that differ from the final outcome. Guan Hua from team Hummingbird however said “technical issues was the most challenging”.
The teams also spoke about their gratefulness towards The One Academy for giving me the tools and knowledge necessary to go this far. “Our lecturers warned us about the difficulty and risks we faced with our story but still supported us and gave us the confidence to produce an amazing result” recounted Ian. They each had their own advice to give to future participants of the competition. Guan Hua advised to “work diligently and keep it simple”. In contrast, Ian encouraged them to “step out of your comfort zone.” He urged the future participants to believe in their work and be confident in it, as that is what will make it successful.