‘Colourless’ wins the Grand Prize at BMW Shorties 2018

Ananth Subramaniam and his team were an ecstatic bunch last weekend, as their short film ‘Colourless’ not only won the Grand Prize for Shorties 2018, but also swept supporting awards for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best Editing and Best Actress.

 

A screencap from ‘Colourless’

‘Colourless’ tells the story of Samantha, a gifted young swimmer who desires to be seen for her talent gets repeatedly challenged by the reality of her circumstances. As she struggles to connect with her single father while dealing with adolescent insecurities, Samantha’s story is a reminder of how the path of self-validation for your own passion and talent can be filled with loneliness and frustration. Nevertheless, with persistent drive and belief, the chance to shine can be within reach.

 

(From left) Sashi Ambi moderating the panel discussion on “Storytelling for Today’s Audience“, with Shanjhey Kumar – BMW Shorties 2009 Grand Prize Winner, and judges Quek Shio Chuan, Priya Narayanan, Isazaly Mohd Isa, and Lina Tan.

Quek Shio Chuan, judge for this year’s BMW Shorties, said,”It’s refreshing to see Ananth’s take on the theme of ‘Drive’. With his understated style of delivery, the nuanced message comes through with great clarity, reminding us of the varied dimensions present in every real-life experience empowered by human drive.”

 

Harald Hoelzl – Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia and BMW Shorties 2018 Grand Prize Winner, Ananth Subramaniam of “Colourless“.

“We hoped to portray the theme ‘Drive’ as rooted in the everyday. There is a ‘Samantha’ in all of us – we are always working towards that one thing in life that gets us up every morning and keeps us going. The caveat is that it’s not always an easy journey; but the reward is worth it. ‘Colourless’ is our way of telling that story of drive, dream and desire, which all of us can relate to within our own circumstances,” Ananth said.

As the winner of this year’s 12th edition BMW Shorties, Ananth and his team walks away with a production grant of RM 80,000 to fund their next short film.

 

Quek Shio Chuan and Michael Lourdes representing Caston J, winner of the Best Screenplay Award for “Kampung Aman“.

However, Ananth and his team weren’t the only winners last week. ‘Kampung Aman’ won the Best Screenplay as well as the Best Production Design Award; Alang Fadhli won the Best Actor Award for ‘Lelaki Yang Dirindui’, and ‘Handbag’ by Hyrul Anuar won the People’s Choice Award.

Watch the list of short films from this year’s People’s Choice Awards, as well as winners of this year’s BMW Shorties 2018 below:

 

Colourless

 

Kampung Aman

 

Lelaki Yang Dirindui

 

Handbag

 

Burn

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