21 -27 March 2016
Sekeping Kong Heng, Ipoh

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: A week-long intensive screenwriting retreat with SEA mentors

Shortcuts presents the second phase of the competition, The Script Development Workshop! This 7-day workshop will explore the working synergy between writer-director and creative producer under the guidance of renown filmmaker-mentors. Winners of the RM 40,000 short film production grant will be selected by the end of this workshop.

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Astro Shaw was established in 1996 and under the Astro Shaw and Tayangan Unggul brand, Astro Shaw’s main business is producing movies for the local and regional market. In addition, Astro Shaw also distributes movies for theatrical and non-theatrical release in Malaysia and the region.

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Next New Wave is an initiative of Da Huang Pictures and FINAS, founded to nurture young Malaysian filmmakers and to encourage collaborations within the South East Asian region. Launched in 2015, we run a series of workshops aimed at young producers, directors, cinematographers, editors and sound designers.

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About Shortcuts

This workshop is the penultimate step in the Shortcuts Short Film Fund Competition where the 3 Best Scripts will be given RM40,000 funding each to produce their film.

How it Works

  1. From the call for submission, participants will be chosen to attend an exclusive and intimate scriptwriting retreat together with a producer of their choice. The workshop will focus on script development under the guidance of mentors who are among the leading voices of Southeast Asian cinema.
  2. At the end of the workshop, 3 participants with the best short film scripts will be announced as winners, and will be expected to attend the final Pre-Production Workshop with their elected short film production crew before being awarded the RM40,000 Shortcuts Short Film Fund 2016 production grant.


Call for Entries: 6 February 2016

Extended Deadline: 29 February 2016

Notification of Winners: 7 March 2016

Shortcuts: Script Development Workshop: 21-27 March 2016


  • Sherad Anthony Sanchez

    Sherad Anthony Sanchez (born 1984, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines) is a graduate of Ateneo De Manila University. When he was in sophomore year he made his first short film, Apple (2005), about a professional mourner in a town beside the Bangkerohan River in Davao City, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2006 . In his junior year, while on a leave‐of‐absence from school, he made his first feature, Huling Balyan Ng Buhi: O Ang Sinalirap Nga Asoy Nila (Huling Balyan Ng Buhi: Or The Woven Stories Of The Other) after winning a grant from Cinema One Originals 2006. The film, about an indigenous community amidst military and communist insurgency in southern Philippines, won both local and international acclaim. Noted as either the youngest narrative feature filmmaker in most of the participating festivals and was the first Filipino filmmaker to enter in competition for some. In his senior year, Sanchez was selected by the United States Embassy of Manila for the Fusion Arts Program, which granted him a scholarship at the University of Southern California. After taking a series of narrative education from various professors and schools, his second feature surprised audiences not only because of a controversial prohibition of exhibition by the censorship board but also with its aggressive film language. Imburnal (Sewer) was completed in 2009 and went on to win numerous international awards. Sanchez also produced, through his production company Salida Productions, the feature film Kolorete (2008, directed by Ruelo Lozendo), which he also wrote. It won the Special Jury Prize at Cinema One Originals. He then followed it with his Swedish‐Danish‐Filipino feature co‐production Balangay (2010), which is made with agitprop Sweden and Dox:Lab Copenhagen. Now that he has graduated and after winning more than a dozen of awards in various countries including France, Germany, South Korea, Argentina, India, Thailand and many more; and selected in over 100 international Film festivals—he is working as a selection committee member, supervising producer and as a consultant for Cinema One Originals ABS‐CBN with more than 100 of their feature Films and does lecture in various institutions all over the world. His most recent Film, JUNGLE LOVE (2012) is dubbed as “a must-see Cinematic U.F.O.” by Venice Film Festival programmer Paolo Bertolin, won in Berlin PornFest and continues to be screened in various international Film Festivals.

  • John Badalu

    Coming from various backgrounds like banking, advertising, journalistic to food reviewer, John Badalu has involved in the film industry for more than 15 years. He set up a few film festivals such as Q! Film Festival, Slingshort Film Festival to Bangkok GLBT Film Festival. Badalu has worked in programming department in many film festivals in Asia, Europe and Brazil including Cinemasia in Amsterdam, Asiatica Film Mediale in Rome, Turin LGBT Film Festival, Traffic Film Festival in Sao Paolo, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea, Phnom Penh Pride in Cambodia, World Film Festival in Bangkok, Balinale in Bali, and many more. He has also served as a jury in many prestigious film festivals like Berlin, Busan, Bangkok, and most recently in Hawaii International Film Festival. As a producer, Badalu has produced/Co-produced 3 short films and 5 feature-length films.

    Badalu used to be a film columnist for the Jakarta Java Kini Magazine for a few years. His articles have appeared in the national newspaper like Kompas, The Jakarta Post. He’s also a contributor for a film book called Dictionnaire du Cinema Asiatique by French publishing house Nouveau Monde. And his reviews also appeared in Jakarta Good Food Guide by Laksmi Pamuntjak.

    With the background study of Marketing Management and New Media, Badalu is also a Queer rights activist. He founded the Q! Film Festival showcasing queer cinema in Indonesia but also a board member of Arus Pelangi (an NGO working on legal help for queer community). In 2008, John Badalu received the fellowship from Ashoka Foundation as one of the Innovators for the Public from his activism work on queer movement.

    Badalu also worked as a lecturer at London School of Public Relations in Jakarta for 3 years during 2011-2013. He was teaching the subject of New Media.

    Another profession that Badalu has left behind was as a photographer. A self-taught person like John has managed to do a few photo exhibitions during the year 2002-2005. But now, he is quite firmed to just work in the film industry say it’s producing, programming or mentoring.

  • Woo Ming Jin

    Woo Ming Jin has the distinction of being the first Malaysian director to have his films screened in Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. His first film Monday Morning Glory (2005) screened at the Berlin and Locarno Film Festivals, while his second, Elephant and the Sea (2007), won awards in Torino, Cinema Digital Seoul, Portugal and Spain film festivals. Woman on Fire Looks for Water (2009) premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, and has played in Pusan, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and the Pompidou Center in Paris, among many others.

    The Tiger Factory (2010), only the third film in Malaysian history to be selected to the Cannes Film Festival, premiered at the Director’s Fortnight, and won the Special Jury Mention at the Tokyo Film Festival in 2010.

    His most recent film, The Second Life of Thieves (2014), premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and has been supported by the Hubert Bals Fund of Rotterdam, and the Vision Sud Est fund.

    In 2015, he was commissioned by the Busan International Film Festival and KBS Studios to make a documentary on Malaysia’s cinematic history. The resulting film, Return To Nostalgia, premiered at the festival, and was the opening film for the Power of Asian Cinema Series.

    Ming Jin is a founding partner in Greenlight Pictures, which produces TV shows, branded content, commercials and movies. In 2013, he conceived, wrote and directed KL Zombi, which became a box office success and one of the highest VOD films of the year.


  1. Applicants must be 21-30 years old
  2. Applicants must reside in Malaysia and hold a Malaysian Identification Card
  3. Applicants must have a full script in English
  4. Deadline: 29 February 2016 (11:59 PM)

Submission Requirements

  1. Completed and signed Contest Entry;
  2. One (1) clear photocopy of the Contestant’s Identity Card (new); and
  3. Contestant’s Resume/C.V.
  4. Contestant’s Producer’s CV
  5. Full draft script for a max 15 minute short film
  6. Full synopsis (250 words)
  7. Full Treatment (1000-1500 words)
  8. Director’s Statement
  9. Producer’s Statement
  10. Links to previous works of the director (via private Youtube/Vimeo links. Please provide passwords to the links attached)

**All contestants must find their own producer in order to participate in this competition.

Entry Procedure

  1. Applicants are required to complete the Entry Form available at www.shortcuts.my. This entry form will be submitted to astroshaw@astro.com.my
  2. The Applicant’s C.V./Resume shall be uploaded and sent to astroshaw@astro.com.my along with the application form.

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