Firdaus and Zaki.
The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) and Grup Buku Karangkraf plan to work closely in developing the local creative content by discovering new writers and refining established authors. Recently, the agency and the publishing giant partnered with Perbadanan Kota Buku to organise the inaugural ‘Page to Pitch (P2P) Media 360;’ the world’s first publishing to media pitching competition.
As a partner, Karangkraf offered the winner an exclusive opportunity to publish their book idea with the publishing house worth up to RM50,000. Whereas FINAS awarded a ‘green lane’ to its Development Grant worth up to RM500,000 to turn the winning publication into digital media.
Firdaus Hussamuddin, Executive Director of Publishing at Karangkraf said that she is “always on the lookout for new and out-of-the-box ideas from newcomers and experienced writers alike.” She asserted that they are proud to work closely with Kota Buku and FINAS discovering numerous great contents of various genres through the competition.
FINAS representative, Zaki Abdul Rahim, Head of Broadcasting and Film Department, Kolej Teknologi MEA shared in her sentiments and applauded Kota Buku’s effort for organising ‘P2P Media 360’ as it is a remarkable platform to recognise Malaysian talents. He commented, “There are so many good novelists and writers, but they are not well-versed in telling the story on screen.” The FINAS Development Grant plays a role in that it trains and polished potential content creators to become good scriptwriters adapting their work onto digital media.
Moreover, both Firdaus and Zaki agreed that the future is bright for Malaysia in the publishing industry, as the country is booming with a variety of content; therefore the local market is not limited to a specific kind of genre. By working closely with each other and the right partner such as Kota Buku, the company and the agency believe the local creative content can be elevated to greater heights.
Held in conjunction with the 9th edition of Kuala Lumpur Trade and Copyright Centre (KLTCC) in concurrent with the annual Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair, the competition aims to open up opportunities and provides a platform for budding writers to publish their ideas and develop established writers’ intellectual property (IP) into diverse digital media content.