AS part of the Malaysian Book Policy, government-linked local agency Perbadanan Kota Buku is mandated to promote book development in the country. In pursuit of its goals, Kota Buku recently collaborated with Kumpulan Media Karangkraf and the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) for the inaugural Page to Pitch (P2P) Media 360 competition.
P2P however has two categories, which involves two different processes – Idea to Publishing (Category 1) and Book to Development (Category 2). Up to 100 entries were received for each category, but only ten were shortlisted to pitch their ideas and book in front of esteemed judges.
Judges for the first ever P2P included Saniboey Mohd Ismail, Assistant Vice President Drama Comm of Astro, and Slaium, Head of Comic Department, Kadokawa Gempak Starz, among many other significant contributors to the local creative industry.
The grand prize winner for Category 1 was Saadon Ishak, whose work (inspired by his private art journal What a Colourful World) features various sceneries, architectures, historical artefacts, and others in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. His win granted him an opportunity to publish with Karangkraf, as well as an international marketing opportunity as well as RM5, 000 from Kota Buku
Runner-ups in the same category include Noor Irwan Junaidi who submitted an epic adventure fantasy titled Legends of Langkawi: The Rise of the Sea King, and Nazihah Ab Mumin with her IP on a children’s book series called Baba Batik, featuring a sheep with batik-printed wool. Noor Irwan bagged RM2, 000 while Nazihah took home RM1, 000 in prize money.
For Category 2, Sinn Chun Hou’s Disappear — a graphic novel about two young brothers who stumble into a magical realism in Sabah — received a FINAS development grant worth up to RM500,000 which can be put into adapting her work 2D animation series, as well as a RM5,000 grand prize from Perbadanan Kota Buku and an international marketing opportunity.
Runner ups for Category 2 were Raymond Yeoh for Animal tales from the Quran and Saadon Ishak with his IP on P.S.T, an animation about highly-trained peacemakers who try to keep the planet safe while balancing a hectic student lifestyle. They both also took home RM2, 000 and RM1, 000 respectively.
“We started this competition with the hope of finding talented Malaysian writers and IP owners, and we did,” stated Sayed Munawar Sayed Mustar, CEO of Kota Buku.
“I believe there are a lot more promising talents out there and we will strive to reach out to them and enrich the publishing industry as a whole.”
P2P was held in conjunction with the ninth edition of the Kuala Lumpur Trade and Copyright Centre (KLTCC), simultaneously held with the annual Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair in Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Srdang (MAEPS) from 7 – 9 May 2016.
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