First film-making studio to open in Brunei

First Film-making Studio To Open In Brunei
Siti Kamaluddin, co-founder of the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia. Photo: The Scoop

Brunei’s first filmmaking college, the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia, is slated to begin operations in February 2019 and is aiming to establish a sustainable ecosystem for filmmaking and creative content in the country, a report in The Scoop said.

The institute, to be located at Plaza Athirah in Bandar Seri Begawan, is fitted with industry-standard equipment, which film director and co-founder of the school, Siti Kamaluddin, said will groom local content creators who can elevate the quality of the local media industry.

Mahakarya is currently offering a Diploma in Screen and Media, with two intakes a year, but only 15 places will be available for each intake for fear of “over saturating the market”.

“[For] the programme that we offer, the job prospects and pathways are limitless because in this day and age, content is a resource that will always be in demand, whether in terms of feature films, advertisements or even gaming,” Siti told the news outlet.

Mahakarya partnered with TAFE Queensland to help design the diploma programme, based on feedback from a wide variety of companies in the film industry. Graduates of the diploma programme can also choose to continue their education in Australia, where they can enter a degree programme at partner universities.

The director added that Mahakarya wants to see students pave their own careers and be self-reliant once they complete their studies.

With the desire to drive better training and standards in the local film industry, Mahakarya said it wants to bring forth a new age, where there will be more content that is “undeniably Bruneian”.

“There has yet to be a Bruneian screen identity,” said Siti, who is the only Bruneian director whose feature-length films — Yasmine and Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat — have been screened internationally.

“The country has not produced enough content yet to establish itself uniquely, because most Bruneians are growing up nowadays with foreign content.

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[caption id="attachment_32357" align="alignleft" width="300"] Siti Kamaluddin, co-founder of the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia. Photo: The Scoop[/caption] Brunei’s first filmmaking college, the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia, is slated to begin operations in February 2019 and is aiming to establish a sustainable ecosystem for filmmaking and creative content in the country, a report in The Scoop said. The institute, to be located at Plaza Athirah in Bandar Seri Begawan, is fitted with industry-standard equipment, which film director and co-founder of the school, Siti Kamaluddin, said will groom local content creators who can elevate the quality of the local...

First Film-making Studio To Open In Brunei
Siti Kamaluddin, co-founder of the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia. Photo: The Scoop

Brunei’s first filmmaking college, the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia, is slated to begin operations in February 2019 and is aiming to establish a sustainable ecosystem for filmmaking and creative content in the country, a report in The Scoop said.

The institute, to be located at Plaza Athirah in Bandar Seri Begawan, is fitted with industry-standard equipment, which film director and co-founder of the school, Siti Kamaluddin, said will groom local content creators who can elevate the quality of the local media industry.

Mahakarya is currently offering a Diploma in Screen and Media, with two intakes a year, but only 15 places will be available for each intake for fear of “over saturating the market”.

“[For] the programme that we offer, the job prospects and pathways are limitless because in this day and age, content is a resource that will always be in demand, whether in terms of feature films, advertisements or even gaming,” Siti told the news outlet.

Mahakarya partnered with TAFE Queensland to help design the diploma programme, based on feedback from a wide variety of companies in the film industry. Graduates of the diploma programme can also choose to continue their education in Australia, where they can enter a degree programme at partner universities.

The director added that Mahakarya wants to see students pave their own careers and be self-reliant once they complete their studies.

With the desire to drive better training and standards in the local film industry, Mahakarya said it wants to bring forth a new age, where there will be more content that is “undeniably Bruneian”.

“There has yet to be a Bruneian screen identity,” said Siti, who is the only Bruneian director whose feature-length films — Yasmine and Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat — have been screened internationally.

“The country has not produced enough content yet to establish itself uniquely, because most Bruneians are growing up nowadays with foreign content.

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