Published on August 23rd, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


BMW Shorties 2018 Winner Premiers ‘Liar Land’

BMW Shorties 2018 grand prize winner, Ananth Subramaniam, got to present his latest film at an event hosted by BMW Group Malaysia last night. Here’s some information about the film ‘Liar Land’ and how you can enter this year’s competition.


True to his bold narratives interwoven with heart-wrenching and provocative storytelling techniques, ‘Liar Land’ is a gripping story of siblings from a broken family, pushed into a life of crime perpetuated by their rogue parents’ criminal activities. Having garnered nationwide recognition for his short film ‘Colourless’ last year, Ananth’s creative use of visuals and lighting perfectly portrayed the hidden emotions of his characters once again.

Employing the immense acting talent of his young casts, stunning visuals and an emotion-evoking soundtrack, Ananth crafted an ode to social complications in ‘Liar Land’ that mirrors the reality children of criminals grow up in. His telling of ‘Liar Land’ not only exemplified the negative effects of childhood negligence but also a premature desensitivity to violence and aggression in children.

The BMW-funded short film features up-and-coming talents like Mia Deen (who plays the daughter in ‘Liar Land’, Maya) and Syed Muhammad Baqir (Maya’s brother), along with acting veterans like Edgar Gary Quah (father) and Mandy Chen (mother). With ‘Liar Land’, Ananth gives his viewers a sordid glimpse into the livelihoods of these young siblings, the same
magical way he gave viewers a tear-jerking insight of a troubled father-daughter relationship in ‘Colourless’.

This year’s line-up of judges comprises of award-winning filmmakers and veterans of the local film industry. They include Saw Teong Hin (Puteri Gunung Ledang and Rise: Ini Kalilah); Indrani Kopal (The Game Changer and Incarcerated Rhythm), Amanda Nell Eu (Lagi Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu), as well as panel advisers for the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) – Nadira Ilana (The Silent Riot) and Adrian Teh (Ice Kacang Puppy Love and PASKAL The Movie).

The BMW Shorties 2019 will award the grand prize winner a production grant of RM 80,000. Recognition for filmmaking talent will also be awarded in an extensive range of supporting categories, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Sound Design and the People’s Choice Award, along with this year’s new category for Best Student Award.

The BMW Shorties is open for entries from 8 th August 2019 and aspiring filmmakers, as well as digital content creators, will have until 11 th October 2019 at 6:00PM to submit their entries. For further information on the BMW Shorties and how to participate, visit the official BMW Shorties website at or the official BMW Shorties Facebook page at and Instagram page at .

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