Know Thyself Through Observation
By Jess Teong

Observation, is not only a mere stimulus of our senses, but more importantly, it is an enabler of self-realization. ‘The Kid From The Big Apple’ scriptwriter and director, Jess Teong shares that everything that we are experiencing around us is a rich source of inspiration for film making. For every matter that is presence in life, brings about significant meaning and impact.

About Jess Teong
After a career spanning over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Jess Teong is now carving out a niche for herself as an award winning film director and screenplay writer.

She started her career in 1990 as a fashion model winning the inaugural competition of Malaysian Female Cover Girl of the Year. Next came over forty TV commercials across the Asia Pacific region  including endorsements for famous brands such as De Beers Diamonds in Japan, Dunhill, Pantene and Lux to name but a few.

This followed with time spent singing professionally both in Malaysia and overseas. She found time to release a number of albums before taking on acting roles in various drama series, two full length movies and as the host of an extensive number of TV shows. There was also time as a copywriter for multiple lifestyle columns in the Chinese tabloids.

It was during her time acting that Jess developed aspirations to try her hand on the other side of the camera and take on the role as producer. To date she has produced three feature movies: ‘Ghost Buddies’, ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ and the award winning ‘Paper Moon’, as well as co-producing the Hong Kong movie ‘Special Female Force’.

She has also become the Managing Director and Producer at Three Pictures Sdn Bhd.

More recently the Malaysian movie ‘The Kid from the Big Apple’, which was written and directed by Jess, has won the Award of Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Newcomer at the 7th Macau International Movie Festival. The movie also won ‘Special Jury Award’ and ‘Best Young Actor’ in 28 th Malaysia Film Festival. The story itself has been shortlisted as one of the finalists in the New York Screenplay Contest organized by the New York Writers Guild and followed by ‘Hollywood Screenplay Contest’. Together with the movie, she was invited to attend a number of prominent film festivals in Japan, Singapore and China in 2016. Just recently, she is awarded ‘2016 Outstanding Filmmaker’ by Chinese Film Association in Malaysia.

Jess is currently completing her latest project the feature film ‘Before We Forget’. This family friendly movie will be released later in 2017.

She is also passionate about nature and with an eye for fine detail she appreciates art and beauty in all its forms. Most importantly Jess knows how to live life to its fullest and her motto is: “Everyone’s life is a good story. If you live life to the fullest, then it can become a good script and eventually a good movie!”

Date: Friday, 1 September 2017
Time: 4.00pm
Venue:  Blue Room @ The Arts House
Fee: FREE with registration

9 ANIMATED SHORTIES: From Manual to Digital
Talk and Screening
By Hassan Muthalib

Join the Father of Malaysian Animation, Hassan Muthalib as he takes us on a journey from the first created animation in Malaysia to current day styles.    This programme of nine Malaysian animation shorts from the manually-animated to that of the digital as well as stop-frame animation. This programme showcases the wide range of styles, techniques & stories of Malaysian animation filmmakers from the 1980s to the present day.

  1. Sang Kancil & Buaya (Hassan Abd Muthalib, 1987, 2D)
  2. Short Cut to Hell (Along. 1996, 2D)
  3. Singapura Dilanggar Todak (Alan Aziz. 2000, 2D)
  4. Grey Avenue (Eugene Foo. 2003,  2D)
  5. Flower of Guernica (Sokhooi Teng. 2008,  3D)
  6. Timun Mas (Gatya Pratiniyata. 2009, 2D)
  7. Bawang Putih Bawang Merah (Glue Studios. 2012, 3D)
  8. Ulek Mayang (Hajar Aznam. 2012, 2D)
  9. Alfie & the Prometheus (Mahathir Buang. 2014,  Stop-frame)

Date: Saturday, 2 September 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 3.40pm
Venue:  Screening Room @ The Arts House
Fee: $10

LET ME TELL YOU A STORY: The Journey of a Filmmaker
By Dr Vimala Perumal

“Let Me Tell You A Story: The Journey of a Filmmaker” shall encompass the journey of a Malaysian independent filmmaker, Dr. Vimala Perumal, who started out as a Production Assistant and now an award-winning filmmaker. The efforts and the confidence that ensure the survival of an independent filmmaker in Malaysia with limited mobility being the minority will be shared. She will also be sharing her experiences on filmmaking; from the first idea scratched on a piece of paper to the challenges that she went thru to make a film right until the final screening of her film on the silver screen.

– Senior Lecturer , Head of Foundation Department @ Multimedia University (Cyberjaya)
– Founder &  Creative Director @ Veedu Production Sdn. Bhd.
– Scriptwriter, Film Director & Film Producer

VIMALA PERUMAL was born in 1982, Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia, to a proud parents, who are most responsible in exposing her to a mixed parental family, thus the exposure to interesting culture, diverse and all. Graduated from Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Malaysia, in the field of Film and Animation in 2003, she began her career teaching visual research and communication at Multimedia University, where she earned a Masters degree in Knowledge Management.

She has keen interest in the visual arts and love meeting people, sharing and expanding ideas. The humble endeavour to create the Indian community film (“Chalanggai” – Dancing Bells) has shaped a stepping-stone for many future collaboration and to further venture on many more visions. Her achievements include accolades for her winning script for the feature film “Chalanggai” from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival in Rotterdam and The Seed Grant from National Geographic All Roads Film Project.

She is grateful and delighted that to date; the film has been screened and received numerous awards from many local and internationals film festivals for its realistic and artistic depiction of Indian community life in Malaysia. Her debut short film was among the top 60 in the world, which was screened at the 30th Busan International Short Film Festival in Korea. Her debut feature film entitled “Vilaiyaatu Pasange” (Playful Folks) has its successful run at International Screens, GSC. As a stepping stone “Vilaiyaatu Pasange” has created a history being the first Malaysian Tamil Movie to be played on ASTRO Box Office. Due to tremendous support, she released her second feature film entitled, “Vetti Pasanga” (Useless Folks) two years later. Followed by her previous achievements, “Vetti Pasanga” has recorded more success compared to her directorial debut.

Besides winning two Silver Awards at International level, “Vetti Pasanga” has also break the record and achieve the highest box office collection for Malaysian Tamil Movie under Wajib Tayang Scheme during its release on 2 nd January 2014. It also marks the first Malaysian Tamil Movie to be on ASTRO First. The filmmaking process and the academia world has been a road to self-discovery and have paved the way for many great opportunities abroad and at home. Vimala graduated with her doctorate degree in the field of film production and human communication at University Putra Malaysia in 2016.

Date: Saturday, 2 September 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Blue Room @ The Arts House
Fee: FREE with registration

By Hassan Muthalib

Through mise-en-scene, the storyboard artist transforms words in the script to visuals using film grammar & film language. The independent storyboard artist is someone who understands both storytelling (narrative) & storymaking (technique). He functions like a film director, who decides on camera positions, shot sizes, camera angles, camera movements & cutting points. He, therefore, must understand some basic elements that are universally used to tell stories visually that have not changed over more than a hundred years of cinema.

This session will enable both amateur & professional storyboard artists to appreciate some basic conventions of visual storytelling that can be immediately applied to a storyboard for animation & film. For the academic-minded, four theories associated with & used in all visual arts will be introduced for further study on their own, namely: archetypes, semiotics, binary opposition & gestalt principles of perception.

Date: Sunday, 3 September 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Blue Room @ The Arts House
Fee: FREE with registration

About Hassan Muthalib

HASSAN MUTHALIB is a self-taught artist, designer, animator, film director, writer & sometimes, actor. He has been involved in the film industry for a half century, working on short animated films, commercials, public service ads, documentaries & Malaysia’s first animation feature film. As a creative writer, he has written texts for universities & for Malaysia’s National Theater.

As a part-time lecturer, Hassan has conducted training sessions and workshops on film & animation in Malaysia at top universities, colleges & animation studios, including being a syllabus moderator. He has also been invited to be a lecturer & trainer in Brunei, Singapore, Sudan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India & Norway. He is a recipient of many awards for his films, including a Jury Award in Jakarta for his first documentary. He is acknowledged as an Asian Animation Pioneer by NTU Singapore, Father of Malaysian Animation by the Malaysian Prime Minister & awarded an Honorary Masters by UiTM. He has been on numerous film festival juries internationally & has curated film & animation programs for Malaysia, Singapore, Germany and Hungary.

He is currently a film critic & film historian. His papers have been published in books & academic journals, among them: British Film Institute, Cornell University Press, MacMillan India, Southeast Asia Research, Journal of Asia-Pacific Communication and Cahiers du Cinema. He has presented original research into the traditional performing arts as the roots of Malaysian cinema at international conferences. He has written two books: Malaysian Cinema in a Bottle (2013) & From Mouse Deer to Mouse: 70 Years of Malaysian Animation (2016). Both books include film, animation & visual effects in early Singapore cinema.


Malaysia and Singapore have a shared early cinema history. Over the last few years, too, there have been film production collaborations between the two countries as well as film-related events. Many mainstream feature films have seen commercial screenings of each other’s films in both countries. With the rise of alternative storytelling modes among some filmmakers, many of these films have gained international exposure as well as awards at prestigious film festivals.

This forum brings together filmmakers from both countries to look at past successes, and how they are continuing to project Malaysia’s and Singapore’s identity through cinema, as well as creating a market internationally. The panelists will share their individual strategies as well as plans for the future in terms of the kinds of narratives that will appeal to a global audience, in the hope that it will serve as a guide for the next generation of Malaysian and Singaporean filmmakers.

Mr Hassan Muthalib

Tunku Mona
Dr Vimala Perumal
Jess Teong
Eric Ong

Sanif Olek
S Saravannan
Juan Foo

Date: Friday, 1 September 2017
Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Venue:  Blue Room @ The Arts House
Fee: FREE with registration