I attended the MAS's Detik-Detik MH Short Film Competition with absolutely zero expectation to win any prize let alone the Grand Prize. Why? Read the blog post below.
The day started like any other. Knowing for sure that I will lose, I prepared the required 2 minutes speech for more than 4 hours. Yelah, kalau tak menang pun, biarlah presentation gempak, baru ada impak.
The only moment when I felt like I had a chance of winning was when I was in the toilet withdrawing last morning's account to prepare for MAS's tea deposit. But even then, I was like "Kalau 2 return tickets to Bali boleh jual berapa ek?" The thought of winning 2nd or 3rd place was still tolerable but never, never first place!
After 11 groups presented their short film, it dawned upon me that my highest peak of the day has arrived. I will now present my 2 minutes speech (which took me 4 hours to prepare). And surely enough, I think my presentation was the best that day. Mission accomplished. Presentation gempak. Thank you architecture. I can start occupying the rest of my time by taking pictures now.
They first annouced the Audience Favourite Award. The Award went to one of the group from Curtin University Sarawak.
Then the second runner up went to Lim Kok Wing's Shams for his documentary in a documentary. I thought he was going to win first prize because his short film is my all time favourite.
The second prize went to Hadi from.... where are you from eh Hadi? He is the pendek-cool-selamba man behind Teh Tarik.
Since my predictions have all gone wrong, I had no clue on the final winner's announcement. I prep-ed the camera, pasang flash, tukar function and then waited for the announcement so I can catch the winner's first response.
"Afiq Deen with Tok Nab's Guest Room."
I knew then that I am genuinely a rabbit boy according to the chinese horoscope. I jumped up and down like it was nobody's business. The rest, as they say, is history.
I won three return tickets to anywhere in the world and my short film will be featured in MAS's in flight movies! Ya Allah, thank you thank you thank you thank you!
(Ye, memang berbaloi tahan doa panjang lagi meleret Imam masjid Subang waktu sembahyang Jumaat tadi)