25 Feb – Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) recently revealed that it wants in on the Oscars race.
Malaysian-produced films have so far never been in the running for one of the coveted golden statues, but FINAS is determined to change that soon, Free Malaysia Today reports.
FINAS director general Kamil Othman revealed that the corporation is currently in preparation to produce a film worthy of an Oscar.
"The ministry definitely hopes that Malaysia will be able to win in the Best Foreign Language Film category in about two or three years' time," said Kamil Othman in an interview with Agenda AWANI, "That's what FINAS is working towards now."
The director general added, however, that local movies suffer from the lack of strong script content. "A script is the backbone of a film. Many of our films are good, but lack in terms of storytelling."
Movies such as "KL Gangster", "Ombak Rindu" and "Hantu Bonceng" have been dominating the box office collection in Malaysia, hence the reason for most of the local films being produced falling under the action, romance and comedy genres with relatively 'lightweight' scripts.
However, with last year's "The Journey" dominating the chart with its RM17.17 million gross, it might just open the door for more drama films with meaningful scripts to be made, which in turn will lead to Malaysia one day achieving its Oscars dream.