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15 Shorts: The Buddy
Hidayat is an 8-year-old boy tasked to be a buddy to his classmate, Tam, and finds that he is frightened by Tam's erratic behaviour. Despite having Tam's parents and teachers dismiss him as reclusive and "weird", Hidayat chooses to accept Tam as different and tries to understand his behaviour and the two develop special relationship.Although Tam's condition is not explicitly stated, the film addresses the topic of autism, and the lack of knowledge behind this disorder, especially in the 90s. Delivered in the spirit of acceptance, the film aims to portray the innocence of childhood, and centers on Hidayat’s dilemma in doing the right thing for his friend.The director dedicates this film to Autism Association (Singapore).The Autism Association (Singapore) is one of the Social Service Organisations in Singapore dedicated to supporting individuals with autism and helping them lead meaningful and quality lives in society. It provides a broad spectrum of services for people with autism in Singapore, encompassing education, vocational and life skills training and residential care. Since 1992, they have impacted the lives of over 1000 clients and students.Director's Statement:No two autistic persons go about things in exactly the same way and it is incontrovertibly unjust to label them as a mere category. Just like any other individual, they have the ability to experience emotions and to give affection. In 'The Buddy', we see Tam, a primary school boy, who builds a friendship with Hidayat, his classmate-buddy. The friendship is innocent, pure and genuine.

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Road To UCIFEST 11
[Indonesian] UCIFEST - UMN Animation & Film Festival merupakan festival film yang diselenggarakan oleh Universitas Multimedia Nusantara khususnya dari program studi Film. Pada tahun 2020 ini, UCIFEST - UMN Animation & Film Festival sudah memasuki tahun ke 11.UCIFEST 11 akan dilaksanakan secara online pada tanggal 21 - 22 April 2020. UCIFEST 11 akan memutar 24 karya yang akan dikompetisikan dalam 5 buah program dan juga sebanyak 16 karya non-kompetisi yang akan diputar dalam 4 program selama festival berlangsung.Terhitung tanggal 4 April 2020, Channel Road To UCIFEST 11 hadir sebagai Pre - Event dari acara utama UCIFEST 11 berkolaborasi bersama Viddsee sebagai Festival Partner. Dalam rangkaian Road To UCIFEST 11 juga terdapat sesi tanya jawab dengan filmmaker dari 7 film pemenang UCIFEST 10 yang akan dilakukan dalam 2 platform yaitu di dalam panel community Viddsee dan juga Live Streaming mengikuti jadwal yang telah ditentukan yakni pukul 21.00 di YouTube channel UCIFEST - UMN Animation and Film Festival.Selamat menikmati![English] UCIFEST - UMN Animation & Film Festival is a film festival organized by Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, especially from the Film Study Program. In 2020, UCIFEST - UMN Animation & Film Festival has entered its 11th year.UCIFEST 11 will be held online on April 21-22, 2020. UCIFEST 11 will play 24 films that will be compete in 5 programs and also 16 non-competition films which will be played in 4 programs during the festival.As of April 4, 2020, Channel Road To UCIFEST 11 is present as the Pre-Event of the main event UCIFEST 11 collaborates with Viddsee as a Festival Partner. There will be a question and answer session with 7 filmmakers of UCIFEST 10 winners which will be conducted in 2 platforms, Viddsee community panel and also Live Streaming at 09.00 pm on UCIFEST – UMN Animation and Film Festival’s YouTube Channel. Enjoy!