Tropfest South East Asia (Tropfest SEA) has announced 24-year-old filmmaker Bradley Liew as the winner of its inaugural Audience Choice Award for his film “We Need To Break Up.”
Tropfest SEA, supported by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) and Malaysia Major Events (MME), a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, made its Asian debut on Saturday 25 January at The Esplanade, Penang.
Liew, who represented both Malaysia and the Philippines in the competition, emerged the winner with 446 votes for his 4-minute domestic comedy. The film focuses on a single mealtime during which a young girl teaches her 30-year-old aunt how to break up with her boyfriend.
Describing winning the award as “quite a rush”, Liew went on to thank his producer Bianca Balbuena and the two lead actresses in the film, real-life aunt and niece Sunshine and Juliet Teodoro for “bringing the film to life”.
Tropfest SEA’s online screening partner Viddsee hosted the award, which allowed the public to watch and vote on the twelve finalist films at www.viddsee.com/tropfestsea.
Tropfest SEA 2014 premiered 12 finalist films last month in Penang, Malaysia. The festival’s first, second and third winning entries were “Rice” by Sophea Ines (Cambodia), “The Last Flight” by Ezequiel Paolinelli (Malaysia), and “Duetto” by Polen Ly (Cambodia).
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