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KUALA LUMPUR, 20th August 2003 – The Malaysian Video Awards (MVA) Council has announced that the 8th Malaysian Video Awards (8th MVA 2003) Festival will be held from 5th to 12th September, 2003. The festival will be launched by Y.B Datuk Amar Leo Moggie, Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia.
For the 8th MVA Festival 2003, the main sponsors are the National Art Gallery and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC).

The National Art Gallery has been a partner of the MVA Festival since the first MVA in 1994. The National Art Gallery has provided the venue for the Festival, which has grown from 3-days, to 5-days and this year to an 8-day Festival. The National Art Gallery has also been sponsoring Cash prizes for the 3 Experimental Film categories, the 3 Short Film categories and the Teen iMovie category.

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) first sponsored the MVA Fest last year. By sponsoring this Festival, the MDC hopes to encourage a wide range of content and creative activities in Malaysia amongst the new generation of digital video content creators. As the agency spearheading the development and implementation of the MSC project, the MDC will continue to support any initiatives that will catalyse the growth of content and cultural industries in Malaysia.

The MVA Council has received over 600 entries for a total of 26 categories ; the 14 Professional categories, 3 Experimental Film categories, 3 Short Film categories, 3 TV categories, 2 ASEAN Film categories and 1 Wassup Teen iMovie category. The entries this year topped the 450 received last year.
The 8-day Festival will include showcases of works from Malaysian, ASEAN and International filmmakers as well as seminars and talks that will provoke and inspire. As with all previous MVA Festivals, the Seminars, Talks and Screenings will take place at the National Art Gallery. Entrance to Screenings, seminars and talks is free to the public.

All Gold Winners in the 26 categories will receive the MVA award and a certificate. There will also be prizes for the Gold Winners in the following categories :-
¯ Best Experimental Video (Animation) - RM3000 sponsored by National Art Gallery
¯ Best Experimental Video (Professional) - RM3000 sponsored by National Art Gallery
¯ Best Experimental Video (Amateur) - RM3000 sponsored by National Art Gallery
¯ Short Film for Drama/Fiction (open) - RM3000 sponsored by National Art Gallery
¯ Short Film for Documentary (open) - RM3000 sponsored by National Art Gallery
¯ Short Animated Film (open) - RM3000 sponsored by National Art Gallery
¯ Wassup Chillest iMovie (Teens) Gold, Silver & Bronze - Cash prizes sponsored by National Art Gallery and Portable CD Players sponsored by Panasonic
¯ Best Cinematography - 4000 feet of 16mm reels sponsored by Kodak (M) Sdn. Bhd.All Silver and Bronze winners will receive certificates.

Other sponsors include Orange, POSTAM, Two Am Sdn Bhd, Axis Films Sdn, Kodak (M) Sdn Bhd, DYR, Sledgehammer and Mfx.

As an added attraction to the general public, 2 MVA categories will be put out for public voting via SMS. Everyone will be entitled to vote for the Best TV or Cinema Commercial and Best TV Station via SMS. Voting will be open to the public via SMS from 29th August 2003 to the last day of Festival, 12th September 2003.

Launched in 1995, under the auspices of The National Art Gallery, the MVA is an independent entity, and in its eighth year, will continue to innovate and serve the industry. The Festival has been successful in promoting excellence in the industry and in representing and recognizing the work of talented industry players and young filmmakers working in Malaysia and the ASEAN region.

MVA Council is spearheading the industry’s objective of creating more local and Asian content. Content creation is now key to technological and film development. The Malaysian Video Awards has always support and recognize the craftsmen and the technicalities of making commercials and films, on local and international level.
Young film students and filmmakers consider The Malaysian Video Awards as a platform for future career success. The Festival has been a stepping-stone for many young filmmakers who garnered awards in the past seven years, and are now employed abroad in filmmaking and advertising.

The Council also seeks to find sponsorships support from local and regional industry players to help create opportunities for young filmmakers here in Malaysia. Grants, subsidies and potential growth opportunities will encourage the young to pursue their dreams and to contribute to the country’s standing as a regional creative hub. Sponsorship of the MVA components and its ongoing programs are welcome.

For more information and daily updates during the 8th MVA festival, log on to the MVA website at www.mva.com.my

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