Surprise! Surprise! FINAS announced some information regarding the upcoming Malaysian Film Festival this August in Kota Kinabalu. It appeared in Berita Minggu. I doubt any of the English language papers carried the article or announcement today.
The FINAS Director-General Mahyidin Mustakim is over the moon saying that the event is the biggest in festival's history. According to him 193 works will be participating the festival. Wait..wait..of course not 193 feature films lah...that number includes 64 short films, 71 documentaries, 25 animated shorts, 6 digital films and 27 feature films.
Wow...we do really have a great and burgeoning film industry. In fact, if there are already 71 documentaries participating, don't you think there should be a Documentary Film Festival already existing? I mean, I am a fan of good documentaries and the Best Documentary award winner shouldn't be a second class citizen to the winner of the Best Film award winner. At least that's what I think.
Anyway, this posting is to inform you guys - those who were invited, those who were not but planning to go anyway, those who are in Sabah and wondering what the heck is going to happen next month.
6th-8th August Free film screenings at One Borneo cineplex.
3rd-7th August Video Production, Screenwriting and Acting workshops.
5th August Official Opening and Film Premiere at One Borneo.
6th August Film Symposium at Resitel Hall, UMS
6th August Film Appreciation: Deddy M. Borhan
6th August Gala Dinner at Magellan Resort
8th August Gala Awards Night Ceremony, Dewan Canselor, UMS
No mention of how the public are to attend these functions or whether it's free or payable. Will keep you guys informed.
LIST OF FEATURE FILMS COMPETING FOR AWARDS:
LOS & FAUN, JIN HUTAN, TALENTIME, GENG: PENGEMBARAAN BERMULA, JALANG, CICAKMAN 2, MOMOK THE MOVIE, KAMI THE MOVIE, BUDAK KELANTAN, SIFU & TONGGA, ANTOO FIGHTER, BOHSIA, SKRIP 7707, RASUKAN ABLASA, JANGAN TEGUR, BRAINSCAN, SELAMAT PAGI CINTA, SYURGA CINTA, SENARIO THE MOVIE EPISOD 1, TIPU KANAN TIPU KIRI, MAUT, HISTERIA, SETEM, PAPADOM, JOMLAH C.I.U.M.,SAYANG YOU CAN DANCE, JANGAN PANDANG BELAKANG CONGKAK and ESTET.
If I am not mistaken, Ahmad Idham has five movies in the running (Jangan Tegur, Syurga Cinta, Brainscan, Senario The Movie and Jangan Pandang Belakang Congkak). Afdlin has two (Los & Faun and Papadom) whilst prolific Razak Mahideen has three ( Skrip 7707, Rasukan Ablasa and Sifu & Tongga).
From the list, there's hardly a movie that stands out artistically. Sell Out! is not mentioned here but could be in the running in the Digital Film category. Or it is not allowed to compete since it is not in Bahasa Malaysia.
But honestly, I doubt anyone has since each and every movie listed here. Only the jurors would have the ineviable task of viewing all. I have viewed only three movies on that list - that's how bad the selection is. Estet, Geng and Budak Kelantan.