Buzz10 Filmmakers’ Competition & Highlight Screening

Theme: Create a buzz Length: Up to 10 minutes

  1. Short film – documentary
  2. Short film – narrative
  3. Short film – indigenous language*
Judging Criteria:

Good story-telling, originality and creativity – in all 3 categories

Golden Kinabalu Awards:

2 awards will be made for each category:


Plus RM2000 – documentary


Plus RM2000 – narrative


Plus RM2000 – indigenous language


Plus RM1000 for each Silver Award winner – documentary, narrative & indigenous language
Sponsored by Sabah Tourism and Kadazandusun Language Foundation

Special Awards:
  1. Santola Café Award – best entry by a Sabahan – RM1000 cash prize
  2. Jury Award – 1 award made by the Buzz10 judges
  3. JuiceSky People’s Award – chosen by on-line voting

* An indigenous language is a language that is native to a region and spoken by indigenous people, often reduced to the status of a minority language. This language is from a linguistically distinct community that has been settled in the area for many generations… Many indigenous languages have become endangered because of language deaths or linguicide caused by colonization, in which the original language is replaced by that of the colonists. [Wikipedia]

Indigenous language – a language that originated in a specified place and was not brought to that place from elsewhere [The Free]

Competition Guidelines
  1. This competition is open to citizens and residents of ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam), Korea and Taiwan
  2. It is free to enter this competition.
  3. Storyline – the film should respond to the theme ‘Create a buzz
  4. The film can be any genre (animation, documentary, drama, experimental, horror, comedy, etc.)
  5. Length – maximum 10 minutes, including credits – that is, the movie can be up to 10 minutes long
  6. Screening Format – digital video, no longer than 10 minutes
  7. Language – any language but all non-English dialogue films must have English subtitles
  8. All entries must have English subtitles
  9. Multiple entries are welcome
  10. Copyright for all music and videos used must be owned by the filmmaker – that is, you must have permission to use all music, sound and/or artwork in your short film. By entering this competition, you agree that the KKIFF 2017 will not be held liable for any copyright infringements perpetrated by you or your short film.
  11. The film you enter must have been completed on or after 17 July 2015
  12. The film should be entirely your own work
  13. If your film has been inspired by another film, please note this in the credits
  14. The film must not have been made public on the web, mobile phones, other public viewing platforms or on tv
  15. To submit your entry, please follow these two steps:
  16. Entries must be submitted by 31st May 2017
  17. The KKIFF encourages filmmakers who have submitted entries for Buzz10 to attend the festival, especially the Buzz10 Highlight Screening and Awards Night. However, the KKIFF is unable to provide financial compensation for airfares or additional expenses incurred during the festival.

If you have any questions, contact: Jude – 014 3514298 or Hazli – 016 5522435 or email us:

Buzz10 Highlight Screening

When: Sunday, 16 July, 2017 from 4.30-6.00pm
Where: Black Box, 8th Floor, Suria Sabah
Who: All competition participants and anyone else who is interested
Why: To receive feedback from the judges on selected entries

Buzz10 – Awards Night

When: Sunday, 16 July, 2017, 7.00pm
Where: Black Box, 8th Floor, Suria Sabah

Special Notes:
  1. Anyone linked to the organization of the KKIFF 2017 cannot enter this competition.
  2. Only a selection of entries will be shown at the Buzz10 Highlight Screening – that is, not all submissions will be screened at the workshop. The selection of entries will be completely at the judges’ discretion.