Dato’ Kamil Othman Urges Malaysian Filmmakers to be Original

Published by Amzar Anizam @ 31/10/2015

“What is our identity? Are we targeting to be Hollywood or are we aiming for an Asian aesthetic?” asked Dato’ Kamil Othman, Director General of FINAS at #tanyaKP Finas… event held at the Content Malaysia Pitching Centre, on 30th October 2015.

He further explained that there are so many untapped original stories that could be adapted on a silver screen rather than coming up with the next Transformers. Likewise, he commented that filmmakers should not rely heavily on the government for funding, but rather rely on developing a strong script instead as it can pull investors and attract foreign financiers. As example, a solid script about James Birch film may attract the likes of BBC and Channel 4 to invest hence creating a co-production that will bring audiences all over the world.

Besides, he said local film directors should listen to the critics and feedbacks from the international film distributor so they can market their film globally – subsequently growing the Malaysian film industry. So far, FINAS’ commercialisation department has sent out more than 12 scripts to experts from countries like Japan, UK, US and more to gather their feedbacks and see if the scripts have the potential to go international.

To conclude, Dato’ Kamil Othman reiterated, “I hope local film directors will challenge themselves with a Malaysian interpretation of universal topics in their movie. A good recent example would be ‘Redha’ where the film explores on autism.”

#tanyaKP Finas… Dato’ Kamil Othman will be held every last Friday of the month as a continued effort to create the best platform for local industry players to engage with the Director General publicly.

The event was attended by the veterans in the Malaysian film industry including Khir Mohd Noor, President of Professional Film Workers Association of Malaysia (PROFIMA); Mamat Khalid, film director; and Hassan Muthalib, President of Malaysia's Animation Society among others as well as FFM27 Best Director, Liew Seng Tat.

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