Eric Ong’s film Adiwiraku (My Superhero) has been shortlisted in the Best Story category at the 58th Asia-Pacific Film Festival (APFF 58).

The festival is held at Taipei, Taiwan from Aug 31 to Sept 1. Winners will be announced on Sept 1.

When contacted Ong said: “I am glad that Adiwiraku can once again represent Malaysia in a prestige film festival such as APFF58. I do hope we could bring back an award for Malaysia to celebrate the Merdeka month.”

The 2017 film which won Best Film at last year’s Malaysia Film Festival also travelled to Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) the same year.

Adiwiraku is a story of an English teacher Cheryl Ann Fernando (Sangeeta Krishnasamy) who gets posted to a rural school, SMK Pinang Tunggal in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

She has a tough time getting through to her students – some are rebellious and others just can’t be bothered to learn. But Cheryl nonetheless tries her best to make a difference in her students’ life.

The inspiring film written by Jason Chong is based on true life events and features students Irdina Tasmin, Ahmad Adnin Zidane and Balqis Sani playing themselves. It was released in Malaysian cinemas in March last year.

Meanwhile Dain Said’s Interchange received two nominations at the same festival in the Best Visual Effect and Best Sound Effect categories.
Starring Shaheizy Sam and Indonesian actor Nicholas Saputra, the 2016 title melds fantasy with noir thriller.

The cast and crew of Adiwiraku receiving the award for Best Film at the 29th Malaysia Film Festival. Photo: The Star/Shaari Chemat