The origin of The Wayoung
The Wayoung Film Festival (WFF) is a ﬁlm event in Penang, Malaysia organised by Han Chiang College. Founded in 2016 by Daniel Cheang and his batch of Broadcasting students year 2016, the Festival focuses on showcasing films and providing a platform for the best of Penang cinema.
The twist of the project title has gotten its name when 2 committee members Charmaine Chee Hwe Min and Frank Lee Shen Yeh suggested ’Wayoung’ instead of spelling ‘Wayang’ (traditional Malaysian film making) here ‘Wa’ in Hokkien means us while ‘young’ stands for the young generations and young minds that are inspired to continue to art of filmmaking as the technological world progresses to address issues in society as a whole
With its focus on groundbreaking Asian cinema, this prestigious event is known for its dynamic programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture.
Always at the forefront of independent filmmaking, The WFF continues to be a platform for both established and aspiring filmmakers to showcase their films to an audience of local and international film buffs. Han Chiang College’s CEO & Principal, Dr. Chow Yong Neng seeing the quality of the productions in The Wayoung 2016 suggested to the originators of The Wayoung to “donate” this brand to be used by future broadcasting students as a platform to showcase their work.
The Wayoung 2016
The graduating class of 2016 was comprised of 51 students who had formed themselves into 10 production teams. Seven teams went on to create short films while the remaining three teams concentrated their efforts on public service announcements and commercials.