Animasia Studio with their co-partner from South Africa.
One of Malaysia’s pioneer animation studio, Animasia Studio, celebrated its 10th year anniversary at Armada Hotel recently. The studio has come a long way since its inception as intellectual property (IPs) owners to being a one-stop centre for animation production support.
To-date, Animasia Studio has achieved numerous awards as a result of its persistent efforts that started with humble 7 animators to more than 150 animators – such as New Best Animation for EMMY Kids Award; Silver Award at Xiamen Animation Festival for Best Animation; Most Recognized Animation by China State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT); Special Jury Award at FCCI FRAME Awards; First Prize in Innovative Telecommunication Category at Bai Du 91 Award and many more.
While the studio’s objective is to produce original content in Malaysia and export it to the rest of the world sounds easy, it is not always the case as gathering funds for their projects proved to be a drawback. However, the studio managed to rise above the challenge and credited the government as its backbone. As Mr. Edmund Chan, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Animasia Studios said, “Animasia Studios is happy to have such strong supporters like Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), which has contributed significantly to the success of the studio. We look forward to more of such rewarding partnerships as we explore opportunities to grow our presence in both local and international animation industry. “
The Director General of FINAS, Dato’ Kamil Othman echoed the sentiment as he felt that the government plays a significant role in driving the local animation industry to success. Additionally, he attributed a good and universal storyline as the key to connect with the audiences around the world. Hence, in conjunction with its anniversary celebration, Animasia Studio announced the plan to launch its brand new animation titled, ‘Harry and Bunny’ next year and debut another exciting animated film, which is slated to be announced during American Film Market (AFM) this year.
The rest of Animasia Studio's team.