Fairview Girls Win Global Film Award

August 07, 2017

Two teenagers studying at Fairview International School has just won an international film award in the open category for their short film titled “Wake Me Up”. This is the first time Malaysians had won an award at the Contact Dance International Film Festival.

Celine Poon and Sonya Janejit Kaur

Celine Poon and Sonya Janejit Kaur

Director of REAson D’etre Dance Productions Kathleen Rea said that the film have successfully captured the jury’s attention. “Even though they (Sonya Janejit Kaur and Celine Poon) are new to contact Improvisation and filmmaking, they have made an exceptional film,” said Rea.

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REAson D’etre Dance Productions organises, the Contact Dance International Film Festival, which was held in Canada. The girls won the Bronze Jury Award, at the international film festival, which featured a dance choreography alongside drawings of the dance steps in the beginning of the video.

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Sonya and Celine

According to Poon, the short film was done as part of the duo’s school project. In compliance to the school’s International Baccalaureate curriculum, the girls were required to film a dance for their Contact Improvisation class. The curriculum was established as a non-profit international education which caters to students of all different age groups.

According to Fairview’s principal Dr. Vincent Chian, the award is firm indication that Fairview is making bug strides on the international stage. This is the second time in less than six months, the school had gained international recognition in the field of music and the performing arts. Early this year, Fairview was chosen by the Associated Board of Royal School of Music to be the first school outside the United Kingdom, to use the music medal curricular in the classroom.

Chian said that the school is also in the World’s Scholar’s Cup final that will be held soon. We expect to win that competition too. He added that, Fairview’s goal is not restricted to bringing out the best in its students academically, but the curricular at Fairview is designed to create world beaters and innovators. Academically, Fairview has emerged as the best IB school in the country with an average score of 36.4 points out of a maximum 45 points, had seen nearly ten per cent of the said diploma programme, to qualify for an entrance at Oxford and Cambridge university.




Formed in 1978, Fairview International School (FIS) is the country’s largest International Baccalaureate (IB) education provider in Malaysia. Our network of 5 IB schools stretches from Kuala Lumpur to Johor in the South and as far as Penang in the North of Peninsular Malaysia. The Kuala Lumpur campus offers the IB programmes from the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) under ONE ROOF.

University College Fairview (UCF) is the FIRST IB certified educational institution in South East Asia that is allowed to train IB teachers in the standards set by the Geneva based International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).