ASPIRING local filmmaker Abdul Zainidi, the man behind the successful local short film of ‘Vanishing Children’, returned home yesterday with enhanced knowledge in filmmaking after successfully completing a documentary film-making workshop under The American Film Showcase in the Luang Prabang of Laos.
The workshop was organised by The American Film Showcase together with US Mission to Asean in collaboration with the Luang Prabang Film Festival, where 14 emerging documentary filmmakers from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiatives (YSEALI) network participated.
Abdul Zainidi is the first Bruneian to be selected to attend the workshop.
In an interview, Abdul Zainidi said, “This is the first time that we are invited under YSEASLI network. American Film Experts Ramona Diaz and Patrick Shen were on hand to help enhance our documentary film-making skills.”
He continued, “We were split into a group of four to make a three-minute short film within two days. The movie that we did is in Luang Prabang. We didn’t know much about the Luang Prabang but we managed to find a Buddhist temple named Wat Wai.”
The young talented filmmaker said, “It was really a challenge to work in a limited time. At the end of the workshop, we screened our film in the Luang Prabang Film Festival. Overall, we did very well in the workshop.” He pointed out that close friendship was foraged in the workshop which will provide an opportunity for collaboration in film-making am-ong filmmakers in Asean member countries.
He added, “I also learned that I could work under pressure and I also get to see inside the Wat Wai temple as well as speak with the head monks.” Venturing into filmmaking for only five years, Abdul Zainidi is the first Bruneian to be selected in the Asian film academy last year under Busan international film festival.
Based in Tutong, the young filmmaker shot to fame with his first short film on horror documentary named ‘Vanishing Children’. This was followed by another two films namely ‘More Vanishing Children’ and ‘Still Vanishing children’.