KOTA KINABALU (December 10): Sabah’s feature film project won the Singapore ATF (Asia TV Forum & Market) Pitch 2021.
In addition to winning the main cash prize, local filmmakers Nova Goh and Ryan Ong will now have the golden opportunity to work with GHY Culture & Media to produce the film.
GHY Culture & Media was the co-producer of the highly acclaimed Chinese drama “Little Nyonya”, which was released on iQIYI in 2020.
The pitch panel said the film industry has been slow since the start of the pandemic.
Despite this, they were happy with the quality shown by the shortlisted filmmakers, especially the heartwarming story of Goh and Ong.
“When We Were Young” is a film about a love story set in British colonial times.
It was directed by Goh, who is an award-winning documentary director, and Ong, who was the screenwriter of “Craze Below The Wind”.
“It was a great honor to win the pitching competition. I hope the project will pave the way for other future international collaborations for Borneo’s film industry, ”Goh said in a statement.
“We are also aiming to reach the overseas Chinese market with our film,” he added.
The project will also feature Jinjin Mo from China as a producer.
She has just completed production on her first feature film project – “Borrowed Time” with Stanley Kwan as executive producer.
“A couple of young lovers have been reunited and separated by the North Borneo Railroad.
“It was a never-ending love story. Now that more than half a decade has passed, the then young woman and now the old lady have decided to take the same train, in search of the boy. which is still young in his memory ”, we read in the synopsis of the film.
The project was also selected as a finalist for the FIRST International Film Festival in Xining and the Silk Road International Film Festival.
It also received production funds from FINAS Malaysia.
“When We Were Young” is currently in pre-production. Filming is expected to take place in the second half of 2022.
The film will be shot in several locations in Kota Kinabalu and in the Borneo rainforest.