10 Aug – Celebrated local filmmaker, Osman Ali says that he wishes not to be involved in the current Malaysia Film Festival (FFM) segregation fiasco.
However the director has said that he will continue to make more Malay films.
"I understand that both sides of the FFM issue have their own principles they believe in, but what is important is to champion Malay films," he was quoted as saying to Sinar Harian.
Added the "Langit Cinta" director, the local film industry is seen to be heading towards making more films that showcases the nation's diversity.
Osman said that he has been a loyal fan of FFM a long time now, but that is slowly fading as there seems to be controversies and issues surrounding it every year.
Following that, Osman hopes that a change will be seen in future FFM editions.
In fact, he also suggested to have two different festivals where one would be for Malay films only, while the other will be more 'global' by including both Bahasa Malaysia and non-Bahasa Malaysia films.
"For the latter festival, we can also invite other Southeast Asian films to compete in a special category."
FFM 28 will take place this 3 September at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
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