Slide Submission RED RIBBON



A short film competition to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS among youth


The Red Ribbon Short Film Competition, also known as The Red Ribbon Shorties, is back. Initiated in 2015, the film competition is given a new life with the help of the Yayasan Sime Darby Sponsorship. The competition aims to encourage Malaysian youth aged between 18 – 30 years old to gain interest in HIV/AIDS, do thorough research about the topic and present these issues in a short film format (less than 5 minutes). Entrants will be judged on both technical merit and accuracy of content. With the Red Ribbon Shorties, we wish to create an artistic platform that activates the interest of youngsters, attracts film enthusiasts and stakeholders to generate dialogues within the whole society about key issues related to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS.

The Red Ribbon Shorties also marks a major step in our AIDS awareness programme as we seek to promote more direct youth participation in creating the campaign content, most notably secondary and tertiary education students. By taking part in the short film contest, our participants will embark on a journey of discovery when they conduct their research on the various issues related to HIV/AIDS during their film-making process. The themes for this year revolve around sexual transmission, advances in HIV treatment and prevention and also stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV (PLHIV).

The Malaysian AIDS Foundation aims to set a higher bar with the revival of the Red Ribbon Short Film Competition. To ensure the credibility of the competition, the selection process will be presided by a panel of distinguished personalities representing the entertainment industry, media, civil society and people living with HIV. Winners of the Red Ribbon Short Film Competition will be announced in the month of August.



The Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) was formed in 1993 to raise and administer funds to support the activities and programmes of the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) and its Partner Organisations. MAF funds prevention, treatment and care programmes conducted by MAC. MAF also distributes corporate donors’ funds to support projects that have been unable to secure government funding or projects located in parts of the country where resources are scarce. Learn more>>YAM.ORG.MY



Yayasan Sime Darby, or Sime Darby Foundation, was established in 1982 and is the philanthropic arm of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad, Sime Darby Property Berhad and Sime Darby Berhad.

With a vision to lead and make a sustainable impact and difference in the lives of others, YSD’s objectives are supported by its five pillars: education; environment; community & health; sports; arts & culture. While led by independent members of a Governing Council and managed by a dedicated team, YSD works closely with the three Sime Darby companies in areas of mutual interest.

Since its inception, YSD has awarded scholarships worth RM289.9 million to 4,460 students both in Malaysia and abroad. Under its Community & Health pillar, YSD supports initiatives to promote the well-being of disadvantaged people irrespective of race, culture, religion, creed or gender — the YSD Sinar Harapan initiative commits RM1,000,000 annually, majority of which goes to the provision of school supplies for the underprivileged and a smaller amount for in-kind assistance during festive seasons.




Fill up submission form online or email PDF form to

We accept submissions from 15 May 2020 – 30 April 2021 and there will be no entry fee!

1This year, we will accept submissions via social media platform which is YouTube Channel.
2Participants are required to have their own YouTube account to upload their short film to the platform and ensure their video is “unlisted” and share the link by emailing to us.
3Alternatively, you may generate the sharing link via WeTransfer.
4If you have any enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact us at
5Films submitted via YouTube or sharing link via WeTransfer must be uploaded by 11:59PM on FRIDAY, 30 APRIL 2021.
6Online Submission Form - Please fill in the provided form by clicking HERE

RRSF Video Online Submission Form

Please go through and download materials on our HIV 101 to learn about HIV and the correct terminology (Eng)/(BM) to be used for your short film.

NOTE: Any insensitive remarks or phrases present in the film whether intentional or not will be potentially disqualifies your submission.




(If applicable)
Please fill in full Name (as per IC) & I.C Numbers (000000-00-0000) of group members. (to be use for participation certificate)


Video link.



I/We have read all Red Ribbon Short Film Competition rules and guidelines.

I/We understand and have complied with all these rules. I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of my/our submission.

I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct.

I/We agree to hold the MAF-YSD Red Ribbon Short Film Competition harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all the claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the MAF-YSD Red Ribbon Short Film Competition.

I/We declare that I/we hold all necessary releases for all images, personnel, music, script and any other previously copyrighted material.

I/We understand that all submitted materials are authorized by the filmmaker and/or producer for use in publicity purposes for the MAF-YSD Red Ribbon Short Film Competition, and has the right to use any or all of these materials for any use (publicity, promotion, advocacy and graphics). Modification or waiver of any of the provisions of this agreement must be in writing and signed by myself/us and a representative of MAF-YSD Red Ribbon Short Film Competition.

7or Download the PDF form, fill up, scan and email to:


Submission for the Red Ribbon Youth Short Film Competition can be made under one of the following themes:
  • Sexual Transmission
  • Advancement in HIV Treatment and Prevention (PrEP / PEP / U=U)
  • Stigma and Discrimination
Language shapes beliefs and may influence behaviours. Considered use of correct and sensitive terms has the power to eradicate stigma often associated with HIV and AIDS, as well as people living with or are affected by HIV.
English BM
The competition is open to all Malaysian citizens and/or permanent residents, aged between 12 – 30 years, in the following categories:
  • Secondary Education Students (13 – 17 years old)
  • Tertiary Education Students / Public (18 – 30 years old)
  • The competition is open to all Malaysian citizens and/or permanent residents, aged between 18 – 30 years, with no entry fee charged. Participants are required to download and read the HIV 101 KIT that has been prepared on the official website before participating in the competition.
  • Films should be no longer than 5 minutes, including titles and credits.
  • Films must be original pieces of work and contain no copyright material without permission.
  • Films should be submitted in high-definition MP4 format through the official website of the competition and our official YouTube Channel Malaysian AIDS Foundation.
  • All forms/genre of work are accepted, including animation, documentary, drama or musical, etc.
  • English is the preferred medium. Submission in any other languages must be accompanied with English subtitles.
  • The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film(s) and must have obtained permission for the inclusion of copyrighted materials within the film, when necessary.
  • The film must not contain the following:
    – Sensitive topics regarding race/religion/politics and etc.
    – Any other topics that may contain elements which are sensitive in nature.
  • Commercial or advertisement (product placement) is not allowed.
NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, participants are encouraged to use their creativity to work with the limitations of staying indoors during the Movement Control Order and practising social distancing. We do not encourage participants to work with their film in high-risk situations and conditions e.g. crowded places, meeting with more than 20 people in one place.
By entering the Competition, the entrants agree to provide the organiser with the right to use the competition materials to showcase any and all works produced by the entrants under the competition for the organiser’s promotional, education and fundraising purposes. The entrants further agree that the organiser reserves the right to use their name in connection with such uses, but shall have no obligation to do so.
The Organiser, its group of companies and its employees hereby disclaim any and all liabilities that may arise in connection with the Competition Entries. Further, the Organiser and its employees shall not be held responsible for any Competition Entries that are lost or damaged in transit. Competition Entries are automatically rejected if they are incomplete, unreadable, damaged, or otherwise not in compliance with the Competition Rules and Regulations. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, suspend or extend the Competition at any point of time.
The distinguished panel of jury will comprise:
  • Yayasan Sime Darby
  • Malaysian AIDS Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Representative of People Living with HIV community
  • Red Ribbon Celebrity Supporter
  • Representative of FINAS
  • Ministry of Health
1. Content: 70%
  • Relevance to the theme
  • Originality/creative interpretation of the theme
2. Technicality: 30%
  • Videography
  • Screenplay
  • Sound editing
  • Art direction
Winner of the People’s Choice Award will be determined based on entries with most ‘likes’ or ‘views’ on the competition’s official Facebook or YouTube page.