Ideal plat­form

The sec­ond Malaysia In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val will fo­cus on fe­male di­rec­tors.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies - By SETO KIT YAN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

FOL­LOW­ING the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral pre­sen­ta­tion of Malaysia In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (Miffest) and Malaysia Golden Global Awards (MGGA) ear­lier this year, the or­gan­is­ers have an­nounced that the sec­ond edi­tion will be held in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Malaysian ac­tress-singer Lee Sinje, who was the face of the fes­ti­val this year, has agreed to en­dorse the fes­ti­val once again.

In keep­ing with the theme for this year which is Hu­man­ity, the 2nd Miffest & MGGA un­veiled its of­fi­cial poster il­lus­trat­ing the two faces of Hu­man­ity – Hope and De­spair, dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held at Kuala Lumpur last week.

Ac­cord­ing to Miffest and MGGA chair­man Joanne Goh, the fes­ti­val acts as an ideal plat­form for the ex­change of cul­tures as “the world of films is bor­der­less”.

“We aim to pro­vide op­por­tu­nity by in­tro­duc­ing world-class lo­cal­lypro­duced Malaysian films to the rest of the world,” adds Goh.

Non-com­mer­cial for­eign films are usu­ally not as ac­ces­si­ble to lo­cal movie­go­ers as such films don’t of­ten man­age to se­cure a re­lease in cin­e­mas here, and that is where Lee says the fes­ti­val comes in.

“With Miffest, peo­ple can grab the op­por­tu­nity to watch th­ese great films,” says Lee.

Lee says there will be two main high­lights in the up­com­ing Miffest: A fo­cus on South-East Asian films and fe­male di­rec­tors.

“Four fe­male di­rec­tors will be join­ing us dur­ing next year’s film fes­ti­val to share their thoughts on film­mak­ing. Malaysian film en­thu­si­asts can take this op­por­tu­nity to learn from th­ese for­eign film­mak­ers,” says the mul­ti­ple-award-win­ning ac­tress who has clinched act­ing awards at Ger­many’s Ber­lin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Awards, Tai­wan’s Golden Horse Awards, Hong Kong’s Golden Bauhinia Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards as well as Malaysia’s Golden Wau Awards.

At the press con­fer­ence, Lee – based in Hong Kong – also re­vealed that she would be rais­ing her twoyear-old twin sons in Malaysia. She says mem­o­ries of a happy time grow­ing up in Kedah is why she is choos­ing to move back. I had the most de­light­ful child­hood mem­o­ries grow­ing up in this coun­try.

“Malaysia is a won­der­ful place; the pop­u­la­tion is rel­a­tively small and it is not a fast-grow­ing coun­try, and hence has much po­ten­tial for growth,” says Lee, 41.

The 2nd Miffest is a six-day af­fair that is set to run from Feb 25 to March 2, while the MGGA award pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony will be held on March 3.

For de­tails, visit www.miffest. com.my.

Lee will serve as am­bas­sador for the 2nd Malaysia In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val and Malaysia Golden Global Awards. — SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

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