Students-Turned-Filmmakers
vivo supports students on their dreams of becoming film directors

Groups of students from local universities produced short films under the theme “Humanity” with the vivo X60 Pro, the latest premium flagship, as part of vivo x MIFFest 5-min Short Film Unit Competition. vivo Malaysia hopes to provide students with a platform to showcase their creative content through its collaboration with Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest)

Communication & broadcasting students from Xiamen University Malaysia (Xiamen), Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) & New Era University College (New Era) were given this opportunity to express their creativity & raw creative talent, will then be presenting their own work as the representative short films of the ongoing vivo x MIFFest 5-min Short Film Unit competition.

“During these unprecedented times, the art of content creation has brought us closer as a community, with stories shared from a mutual place. Through the short film competition, we hope to give young & aspiring talents the chance to share their voice with the world & showcase their talents via a meaningful platform. We look forward to seeing the short films add value to the local film industry & we hope that they would inspire other creatives out there through their body of work,” said Mike Xu, Chief Executive Officer of vivo Malaysia

The 3-men team who shot ‘A Small Act of Kindness, 传情’ (William Seng Chee Yuen, Alan Yap Chin Qui, Celine Chan Sin Lam) shared how they overcame their challenges of filming during the pandemic. The team noted how they had to be flexible & efficient in order to manage the various roles & positions within the small film crew.

“As we want to utilise every member to the best of their abilities, having equipment that not only supports the team but can handle multiple functions with various features is a must in order for us to create the video content we want. Additionally, it is a relief to know that we didn’t need DSLR equipment, which can be quite heavy, to film, produce & create our videos,” shared the team

Jordan Leong Wei Qi, Director of Photography & Online Director of ‘My Unreliable Boyfriend, 未来男友不靠谱’ shares his thoughts about producing a short film using a smartphone for the first time. “I am really impressed with the photo & video quality of the vivo X60 Pro as the variety of features such as the ZEISS lens, combined with the Cinematic Master feature & the Gimbal Stabilization 2.0, allows video creators the freedom to produce industry level, high-quality films. With the addition of the 240fps slow motion feature, it has helped us to produce higher quality cinematic shots & the vivo X60 Pro has allowed aspiring videographers the opportunity to become content creators.”

Teh Huey Qie, the film’s Director, echoed similar sentiments & added, “Those who don’t feel confident in their video production capabilities can rest easy with the vivo X60 Pro, as content creators can just use the phone throughout the whole filming process. I was equally impressed with the battery life of the phone as a video shoot can be quite long, but I realised that I didn’t have to worry about the phone’s battery life as I had the vivo X60 pro’s fast charging abilities for added convenience. Coupled together with excellent features and smooth camera functions, this is a phone that gives me confidence to produce the video content I want to share with the world.”

Yew Xiao Hui, Director & Photographer of ‘Blank in Heart, 心中的空白’, a short film about a mother & her daughter sorting through their emotional problems during the pandemic, said, “It’s an honour to participate in this project & I am truly grateful to vivo for giving us such an opportunity for us to be visual creators to bring out the message of love through the short film produced. The vivo X60 Pro, with its slim 7.55mm[1], 179g weight[2], enabled the team to film ‘Blank in Heart’ with ease.

Everyone can be a Content Creator with their vivo smartphones!

The vivo x MIFFest 5-min Short Film Unit competition, which commences from 8 to 25 April, is in collaboration with Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest), with the theme of “Humanity” & aims to deliver the message of “everyone can be a Content Creator” with their vivo smartphones. Now in its 5th year, the Malaysian International Film Festival (MIFFest) seeks to celebrate filmmakers and the film industry by enabling young content creators.

vivo invites Malaysian filmmakers to participate in the vivo x MIFFest 5-min Short Film Unit competition through 2 simple steps:

Step 1 ~ film a 5-minute short video using their vivo smartphone* in line with the theme of “Humanity”.

Step 2 ~ email their short film to the designated email address (vivo.miffest@gmail.com) & fill in their personal information (name, contact information, video story concept)

*Entries must be shot with a vivo smartphone

*Short Films must be produced after 8 April 2021

*All winners will be announced on 3 May 2021

Participants stand a chance to win prizes including a brand new vivo X60 Pro. The total prize pool is worth more than RM15K & all participants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information on the Visual Creator campaign & to watch the short films produced by the universities above, kindly visit vivo Malaysia’s official FB page, official IG page & official Website

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