November 25, 2019, Kuala Lumpur – PACE, a short film by East Malaysian director, Syahnur Asyikin Kee Charles has been named as the BMW Shorties 2019 Grand Prize winner.
Malaysia’s most prestigious and longest-running short film competition celebrates the best in local filmmakers and digital content creators at REXKL, in conjunction with Urbanscapes 2019. The Grand Prize worth RM80,000 in production grant was presented at the BMW Shorties Awards Night 2019.
PACE is a 15-minute short film about a young girl contemplating her identity for the first time in a small town in Sabah. The moving coming-of-age story explores the identity at a tender age through the perspective of Yaya, who discovers a longing for something her group of friends have.
Determined to be more than just the ‘girl’ in her group, she takes a leap of faith by pushing the boundaries of what it means to be feminine in a world that is seemingly built for the opposite gender.
“What a great honour it is to be named the BMW Shorties Grand Prize Winner for 2019. I’m equally humbled and thrilled to be receiving this recognition, not just for myself but for everyone who have helped make PACE a reality back at home.
“My niece and nephews who were the stars of this short film, this is for you. I am grateful to the BMW Shorties for continuously giving us, young creators, a platform to speak for and champion the stories we want to tell; the stories Malaysia needs to hear,” said Syahnur Asyikin Kee Charles or better known as Ekin.
Ekin is a fresh graduate of University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) who majored in Cinematography. PACE is her first submission to the BMW Shorties. Her winning short impressed with its intricate story telling interwoven with stunning visuals and stellar production quality. For that, Ekin and her team also bagged the Best Editing award.
“Making this short film was no easy feat but working with my niece and nephews made it a spectacular experience. We directed children with no acting experience and shot a short film without any written lines; the story was told through their candid emotions and reactions to the directions we gave them.
“With PACE, I set out to convey a message about gender, identity and the many conflicts with ourselves, no matter the age; and I am proud to have achieved that,” Ekin said.
Meanwhile, BMW Group Malaysia managing director Harald Hoelzl said “This year’s unconventional theme managed to gather some of Malaysia’s finest filmmakers and content creators we have ever seen. With the vast amount of submissions received this year, it is truly refreshing to see local creators demonstrate such passion and tenacity in visualising their interpretations of ‘Uncharted’; and as such, we are more than proud to continue driving this creative force time and time again.”
To echo Hoelzl view, BMW Group Malaysia head of corporate communications Sashi Ambi said, “BMW Shorties 2019 has demonstrated once again just how many filmmakers and content creators we have yet to and can discover and support across Malaysia, by providing a platform for their voices to be heard.
“Recording our highest amount of submissions ever, this year only motivates us to keep leading the conversation and providing the opportunities for our local talents to share their stories with their country and then the rest of the world,” said Sashi.
The finalists’ short films can be viewed at the official BMW Shorties’ YouTube page at www.youtube.com/user/bmwshortiesmy. For more information on BMW Shorties, visit to the official BMW Shorties website at www.bmwshorties.com.my
Here is the list of BMW Shorties 2019 Award Winners:-
- Grand Prize Award – ‘Pace’ by Syahnur Asyikin Kee Charles (Ekin Kee Charles)
- People’s Choice Award – Ralat The Musical by Khairi Anwar
- Best Director Award – Putri Purnama Sugua for ‘Di Sini Aku’
- Best Actor Award – Afiq Rahem in ‘Dibuaian Mimpi’
- Best Actress Award – Putri Syahadah Nurjannah in ‘Kencing Malam’
- Best Student Award – Tan Hong Ken for ‘The Past’
- Best Cinematography Award – Adrian Wong for ‘Birthday’
- Best Editing Award – Syahnur Asyikin Kee Charles (Ekin Kee Charles) for ‘Pace’
- Best Screenplay Award – Hazim Hisham and Ariff Zulkarnain for ‘Untuk Satu Malam’
- Best Sound Design Award – Ng Kwok Yong for ‘Husk’
- Best Production Design Award – Justin Chong Jun Wee for ‘The Kingdom or The Beauty’