IACT Film Fest 2019 – Reel Stories On Mental Health

By Radha Lakshimi

The IACT Film Festival (IFF) returned for its second year with the theme, “MENTAL-ity,” shining a spotlight on mental health and learning disabilities. The film festival sought to raise awareness and spark conversations around these pertinent concerns in modern-day society. The two-day event at GMBB Mall, hosted over 50 people including members of the public, students and special guests from the film industry.

The student-led festival provided a platform for budding IACT College filmmakers to showcase their talent and also, the works of local directors and producers. The festival showcased four local productions on mental health and learning disabilities – ‘The Enabler’ by Aiman Aliff, ‘Diri’ by Sharifah Aleysha, award-winning ‘Redha’ by Tunku Mona Riza and ‘You Mean the World to Me’ by critically-acclaimed director, Saw Teong Hin.

The festival also hosted Singaporean producer and BAFTA recipient, Ser En Low who gave a keynote speech on producing, while  Dr Marieke DeVries, a scholar on clinical neuropsychology from the University of Nottingham, presented a talk on mental health and psychological well-being.

Philip Rom, from Reservoir Productions, judged the final IACT Brand Story entries. The grand prize of RM1, 000 and an opportunity to work with Reservoir Productions went to ‘The Pursuit’ while ‘The Sculpture’ came in second, taking home RM800.

Lawrence Chan (COO of IACT College) in his closing speech said, “IFF 2019 has been a great success. I hope this film festival inspires other student filmmakers out there to tell their stories through film and showcase their talent through this platform.”