Shari, a once successful filmmaker in his youth, is now stripped away from the glory and fame he had in the past. Now living a lonely life, an illness creeps over him slowly, consuming away the confidence of making a return to the film industry.

Upon encountering the daily people of his life, Shari faces a strong dilemma to return to a room he locked up for a very long time. A supernatural event occurs, bringing a few familiar faces of his past work to bloom to life, to convince the dying filmmaker to make a comeback.

  • Kavivarmen Vigneswaran
    Eat Up!, Boo!
  • Kavivarmen Vigneswaran
    Eat Up!, Boo!
  • Mary Grace Liew
  • Mior Hashim Manap
    Key Cast
    Hamba Iblis, Kapsul
  • Jasmine Suraya Chin
    Key Cast
  • Chris MJ
    Key Cast
    "Detective Ros"
  • Charles Roberts
    Key Cast
    "Liutenant Atilla"
    Kopitiam, The Bridge
  • Jeffrey Teong
    Sting, Khilaf
  • Shankari Sukumaran
    Art Director
    Samudera, Eat Up!
  • Eunice Alexander
    Weeping Birds
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    Fantasy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,830 USD
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    English, Malay
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Director Biography - Kavivarmen Vigneswaran

A film graduate from Multimedia University, Kavivarmen has a strong ambition to create films that is both creative and entertaining. A trained writer/director, he has worked in nearly 20 films, ranging from short films to documentaries.

Now currently with more projects in line, Kavivarmen aims to leave a positive imprint not only in the Malaysian film industry, but also internationally.

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Director Statement

THE DYING ARTIST is by far my most personal project, among the shorts I have made. The fear of not finding a place as a filmmaker and eventually being forgotten, engulfed me for a period.

The fantasy in the film is not just a fantasy without a cause. It is a representation of the vivid imagination writers tend to have, including myself. The idea of the creator meets creation always fascinated me; hence it became one of the core themes of the film.

THE DYING ARTIST is a love letter to the generation of artists before me and to everyone with an insecurity of chasing their dreams.