9 October 2015, Friday was the first ever ASEAN Youth Culture Night organised by the ASEAN Youth Korea Network (AYKN). The moment I entered the ASEAN Hall, I could almost immediately recognise some familiar faces, people who I met at the ASEAN Youth Network Workshop earlier this year.
The AKYN Short Film Fest started off with the opening speech, the introduction of the films, the countries involved and the organising committee.
After all the introduction and formalities, the short films were screened. Some of the films were made by students from countries like Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand. Personally, I felt the films were really well done, even though they were made by students. The films incorporated humour and certain cinematic techniques that really grabbed our attention. The audience, including myself, were all transported into the virtual world of short films – a much welcomed respite, and a satisfying ending to our busy school week.
The turn-up to the event was more than what I anticipated. It was heartwarming seeing students from various countries interacting with one another and actually putting in effort to create quality short film videos despite their busy school schedule. It is without doubt that the event’s success was due to cooperation and teamwork from the different parties all around; from the organising committee, to the people who helped out behind the scenes, and the individual participants. I’m certain that I’m not the only one who feels that the AYNK Short Film Fest was a success, despite it being the very first time. Already, high expectations abound for the second AYNK Short Film Fest which I’m sure will be even better than the first time.
By Sarah Chua, ASEAN Correspondent from Singapore