The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) plans to monitor the development process of Disappear, the winning story from Page to Pitch (P2P) Media 360, Kota Buku's inaugural publishing to media pitching competition.
As one of the partners for the competition alongside Kota Buku and Karangkraf, FINAS awarded a ‘green lane’ to its Development Grant worth up to RM500,000 to Sinn Chun Hou, for the graphic novel originally written by Aks Kwan about two young brothers who tumbles into a magical realm in Sabah.
Zaki Abdul Rahim, Head of Broadcasting and Film Department, Kolej Teknologi MEA and panelist at the Content Malaysia Pitching Centre (CMPC) explained, "We will be looking into the structure of his research method, the story treatment and script. After the development of the finalised script, Chun Hou will have to present it to the CMPC panel for approval. If everything goes well, he will also be offered to pitch for the production."
TV series and film productions adapted from selected novels in the market is not new in the industry, as evident from the number of novel-to-TV series adaptation that has dominated the local screens lately. However, Zaki voiced his confidence on Disappear as it offers something fresh to the table.
"The idea for Disappear is excellent. The issues of illegal logging and forest spirit are something different from what we can see on TV. Additionally, I am very confident with Sinn Chun Hou's subject matter as he tabulated his research well, and he really knows his product. As a filmmaker, I can see that if his graphic novel is manipulated well, it can even attract interest from the international market."
Zaki also applauded all participants who took part in the competition as everyone showed potential to further expand their ideas and IPs. He asserted that the finalists are welcome to pitch the content again at CMPC through its Lambak Pitching session.
Zaki Abdul Rahim, Head of Broadcasting and Film Department, Kolej Teknologi MEA and panelist at the Content Malaysia Pitching Centre.