Progresif Chief Marketing Officer Devin Edwards giving his opening remarks at the sponsorship announcement held at the telco’s headquarters recently. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Progresif Cellular recently funded 15 high school students to participate in the upcoming Brunei Film Blitz 2018 (BFB), giving them opportunities to showcase their talents in film making.

The sponsorship, which is the telco’s latest corporate social responsibility initiative, will allow the selected students to have full access to film workshops and screenings during the BFB.

They will also be producing a three to six minutes short film each in the 96-Hour Film Blitz competition in four days as they go against several other participants.

Progresif Chief Marketing Officer Devin Edwards said that the company’s investment into the local creative industry stems from its belief in the local creative talents that can grow far.

Brunei Film Blitz Festival Director Siti Kamaluddin (R) and Mahakarya Institute of Arts Educational Director Dr Alex Fischer at the sponsorship announcement to high school students at Progresif headquarters recently. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
Progresif Chief Marketing Officer Devin Edwards (C) and Brunei Film Blitz Festival Director Siti Kamaluddin (back 3rd L) with the high school students participating the film contest. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“This is our second year supporting the Film Blitz and we are proud to be able to play a role in nurturing the abilities of young film makers so they are inspired to pursue their passion and turn their talents into viable careers or businesses,” he said.

The BFB is organised as part of Brunei December Festival activities held in collaboration between Brunei Tourism and Origin Artistic Management aimed to push the abilities of local filmmakers to international standards through a series of workshops, screenings and a competition to create a short film.

Winner of the competition will be announced at the Gala Awards Night on December 29 and will be receiving a full scholarship from Progresif for a two-year diploma in screen and media at Mahakarya Institute of Arts Asia.

The institute which will be based at Plaza Athirah is slated to launch in 2019, making it the country’s first filmmaking college.

Interested applicants may register at www.bruneifilmblitz.org and application is open until December 20.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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