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Published by Afterschool.my on May 26, 2014, 11:58 am
Multimedia University (MMU) plans to boost the country's local creative industry through the establishment of a new scholarship programme.
Worth RM5.5 million, the Rhizophora-MMU Cinematic Arts Programme is sponsored by Rhizophora Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd, which was set up to oversee Khazanah's investment into creative and media content. One of Rhizophora Ventures' board member, Michael Lake, is the CEO of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia studios.
The scholarship programme is for Malaysian students, below 20 years old of age, and have an active involvement in co-curricular/sports activities. Applicants are tasked to write an original 2,000-word short story and a presentation of production video/short film/comic/animation production/photography or other form of creative production.
For a start, five students will be awarded of this scholarship programme, which covers their entire study expenditure, including tuition fees and monthly stipend.
This October intake, they plan to take in another seven recipients. Every year, the programme aims to support 10 to 13 students.
The scholarship programme not only aims to increase the number of creative talents in Malaysia but also to internationalise the filming industry. The scholarship programme coincides with MMU's collaboration with University of South California, one of the premier film schools in the world.