The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) will be introducing Best National Film and Best Malaysian Film award categories in the upcoming 28th Malaysia Film Festival (FFM 28). Best National Film was announced to honour the best film produced by Malaysians using Bahasa Malaysia as the main language, in line with its position as the national language in the Constitution of Malaysia. Whereas Best Malaysian Film was introduced to award the best film produced by Malaysians using any language spoken by Malaysians as the language of the film's dialogue.
The agency also retracted the Best Director (Non-Bahasa Malaysia) and Best Screenplay (Non-Bahasa Malaysia) categories as all films in those categories will be competing in the existing Best Director and Best Screenplay categories. The revision was made following the recent meeting with Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Salleh Said Keruak, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, Malaysian Film Producers Association (PFM), Film Director's Association of Malaysia (FDAM), Professional Film Workers Association of Malaysia (PROFIMA), SENIMAN, and TV Producers Association of Malaysia (PTVM).
Dato’ Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib, Chairman of FINAS commented, “As the organiser, FINAS welcomes all feedbacks and suggestions about FFM 28 as means to further improve the festival in the future. Hence, we hope all parties will accept the new mechanism without prejudice and view it positively, as the main objective of the festival is to recognise the achievements and excellence by those in the local film industry.”
The 28th Malaysia Film Festival will run on 1st and 3rd September 2016. FINAS will announce the winners for 10 categories on 1st September at FINAS Sound Stage, including Best Costume, Best Special Effects, Best Original Soundtrack, and others. While the main 21 categories will be presented on the 3rd September at Planery Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.