Yahoo-MAS award-winner disqualified, runner-up declared champ
By Digital News Asia November 28, 2013
- Original winning video too similar to another uploaded to Vimeo two years ago
- Inaugural event which ran from Oct 28 to Nov 11 pulled in a total of 264 entries
THE short film Accepted, originally the top-placed entry for the Yahoo-Mas Cili Padi Awards 2013, has been disqualified and the first runner-up Sly declared the new winner, organisers of the inaugural awards competition said in a statement.
“The entry’s disqualification has come about due to the fact that the video is too similar to a video titled One Step Forward, which was uploaded to Vimeo two years ago,” they said in a joint statement.
“As such, Yahoo! Malaysia cannot in good conscience allow Accepted to be among the prize-winners of the Cili Padi Awards. Sly is now declared the winner of the Cili Padi Awards, followed by Tiger. The second runner-up spot goes to Life, created by Dan Khoo,” the statement read.
Accepted was produced by a 21-year-old mechanical engineering student. The new winner Sly was produced by 22-year-olds Soo Wei Wen and Nicholas Chin; while Tiger was produced by four friends – Toh Jia Voon, 25, Chia Sheng Wei, 24, Ong Jun Tien, 24 and Cheng Wei Heng, 22.
The first prize winners walked away with RM20,000 in cash and will also be offered a six-month internship at Malaysian production company KRU Studios, one of the partners of the awards competition organised by Yahoo! Malaysia and national carrier Malaysia Airlines.
The second and third place finishers received RM12,000 and RM8,000 respectively. [RM1 = US$0.31].
All three top films will be screened at TGV cinemas nationwide for a period of three weeks and are also available for viewing at the Yahoo-MAS Cili Padi Awards page.
The online-only awards competition was for movies three minutes or less in length, and was open to anybody residing in Malaysia and above 18 years of age. It ran from Oct 28 to Nov 11, pulling in a total of 264 entries, according to Yahoo! Malaysia.
Films were judged on the basis of four criteria – presentation of the core concept, quality of content, originality of the idea, and presentation and creativity.
“We are thrilled with the success of the Yahoo-MAS Cili Padi Awards both in terms of quality and quantity,” said Yahoo! Malaysia country editor and audience head Marc Lourdes.
“The success reflects the credibility of the Yahoo platform as a creator and facilitator of original content. We are even more encouraged to develop engaging and compelling content to entertain millions of our Malaysian consumers,” he added.
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