The Filmmaker-in-Residence program brings in promising local filmmakers to mentor students in the production of short and documentary films. Former Filmmakers-in-Residence include:
In 2013 Jules Ong oversaw a campus-wide documentary film proposal competition, which was funded by the School of Arts and Social Sciences and the Social Economic Transformation in Asia (SETA) program. The theme of the competition was “Civil Society in Malaysia: Transformation from Below.” Judges Dr Joel Moore, Dr Hah Foong Lian and Jules Ong unanimously agreed that the best proposal should go to Agnes Ong, a first year student majoring in Communication and minoring in International Studies, with runner up prizes going to Sheril Bustaman, Boipelo Dlamini, and Munira Mutaher and Jonathan Lim. Jules Ong mentored the students in the production of their films and helped with other filmmaking workshops on campus.
In 2012 the School of Arts and Social Sciences appointed Azharr Rudin as Filmmaker-in-Residence, a key figure in the Malaysian independent film scene and director of the feature film Punggok Rindukan Bulan (2008). Azharr served as mentor to students interested in making their own short films and organised a number of additional film-related extracurricular activities. These included filmmaking workshops and the Origins omnibus film project, for which students developed and produced short films under his guidance.
The school’s inaugural Filmmaker-in-Residence was Fikri Jermadi, an award winning filmmaker and former SASS student. During his time as Filmmaker-in-Residence he conducted workshops, curated the Nasi Bungkus Cinema film screenings and oversaw the production of the Monash Anthology, a collection of short films made by Monash students.