Perbadanan Kota Buku in collaboration with Kumpulan Media Karangkraf and the NationalFilm Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) had announced the grand prize winners of the inaugural Page to Pitch (P2P) Media 360 competition; Saadon Ishak for Category 1: Idea to Publishing and Sinn Chun Hou for Category 2: Book to Development.
Saadon Ishak who is the Managing Director of Don Studio Sdn Bhd, won the first category with his original illustrated travelogue sketchbook idea tiled, ‘What a Colourful World’ inspired by his private art journal that features various sceneries, architecture, historical artefacts, and others in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. As the first prize winner, Saadon, who is also known as Kartunis Don has secured the opportunity to publish the sketchbook with Karangkraf, apart from RM5,000 grand prize from Kota Buku and an international marketing opportunity.
Likewise, Sinn Chun Hou, a Creative Director of All for One Productions won the grand prize for the second category for ‘Disappear,’ a graphic novel about two young brothers who tumbles into a magical realism in Sabah. He secured a FINAS development grant worth up to RM500,000 in value to turn the graphic novel into a 2D animation series, apart from RM5,000 grand prize from Kota Buku and an international marketing opportunity.
The winners for both categories will discuss with Karangkraf and FINAS respectively to come to a consensus on the plans for the development of their ideas. Besides, the second and third winners for the first category were awarded to Noor Irwan Junaidi, with his idea ‘Legends of Langkawi: The Rise of the Sea King,’ an epic adventure fantasy story and Nazihah Ab Mumin with her IP, ‘Baba Batik,’ children book series featuring a sheep with batik-printed wool. As the second winner, Noor Irwan took home RM2,000 and Nazihah bagged RM1,000 for the third place. Whereas, the second and third winners for the second category were conferred to Raymond Yeo, with ‘Animal Tales from the Quran’ and Saadon Ishak with his IP, ‘P.S.T’ an animation about highly-trained peacemakers who try to keep the planet safe while balancing a hectic student lifestyle. Similarly, Raymond Yeo took home RM2,000 and Saadon Ishak bagged RM1,000 for the third place.
Kota Buku received over 100 entries for the competition and together with Karangkraf and FINAS, they had shortlisted 10 entries for each category. Subsequently, the finalists were invited to pitch their ideas and book in front of esteemed judges; Sri Diah Shaharuddin (General Manager of Karangkraf), Razin Abd Rahman (Senior Manager of Trade Division Kota Buku), Mikyeong Min (CEO of Woongjin Thinkbig), Zarul Hafizh Hamzah (Investment Manager of MyCreative Ventures), Zaki Haji Abdul Rahim (Head of Broadcasting and Film Department of Kolej Teknologi MEA), Saniboey Mohd Ismail (Assistant Vice President Drama Comm of Astro), Elain Lockman (Co-Founder of ATA Plus) and Slaium (Head of Comic Department, Kadokawa Gempak Starz). The winners were chosen based on the idea, concept, originality, viability, saleability, purpose, and presentation.
Sayed Munawar Sayed Mustar, CEO of Kota Buku said, "We started this competition with the hope of finding talented Malaysian writers and IP owners, and we did. 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."