Rezal Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios highlighted co-production opportunities between Japan and Malaysia during UniJapan seminar at this year’s TIFFCOM 2015 – held as part of Japan Content Showcase (JSC), a multi-content market featuring music, film and animation, held in Tokyo, Japan from 21st to 24th October 2015.
The seminar explored further into cross cultural collaborations and content for Japan and Southeast Asia with the aim of fostering greater understanding, interaction and impetus for international co-productions.
“The Filming in Malaysia Incentive (FIMI) is one of the best incentives in the world as the Malaysian government offers 30% cash rebate. It also covers feature film, TV series and TV game shows. The incentive is in full force and we have attracted numerous productions to Malaysia, most recently, UK’s Channel 4 epic drama ‘Indian Summer’ that has wrapped up the first season.”
“In addition to that, Malaysian producers have access to development grants and that gave them the base to reach out to other foreign producers,” he added.
Furthermore, market such as TIFFCOM provides the environment for local players to meet international producers to collaborate and educate on current market trends as well as the story that works globally – and those are the key elements that contribute to a successful co-productions.