FINAS finally gets rid of FFM segregation but introduces new category

FINAS finally gets rid of FFM segregation but introduces new category

Director General of FINAS, Datuk Kamil Othman has before this said that he is ready
to make the changes for FFM 28.

11 Aug – The local industry has been shaken and stirred quite a bit after the segregation of the Malaysia Film Festival (FFM) nominees for the main categories were first announced. However, things are finally settling down as the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (FINAS) has issued a statement.

Through their Facebook page, FINAS has announced that all films regardless of language will be allowed to compete in the main Best Film category.

The amendment comes after Malaysia's Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak announced that all Malaysian films will be competing under the main category and there will also be a new category introduced especially for films in the national language called, Best National Language Film.

The nominees for the new category would be from the previous Best Film nominees which were all in Bahasa Malaysia.

The other categories; Best Director for a non-Bahasa Malaysia film and Best Screenplay for a non-Bahasa Malaysia film are removed.

All the non-Bahasa Malaysia nominees previously mentioned in those categories will be absorbed into the main Best Director and Best Screenplay categories.

There will be no other changes made to the other categories this year.

Earlier on, the whole FFM 28 debacle started following the announcement of the nominations last week, which saw the segregation of non-Bahasa Malaysia productions into their own non-Bahasa Malaysia categories – an act that was quickly deemed racists by the public, including key people in the local film industry.

Here are the nominations for the three main categories:

Best Film
- Polis Evo
- Nota
- Munafik
- Jejak Warriors
- Mat Moto: Kami Mat Moto Bukan Mat Rempit
- OlaBola
- Jagat
- The Kid From The Big Apple
- Huat The Fish
- Maravan

Best Director
- Ghaz Abu Bakar (Polis Evo)
- Shamyl Othman (Rembat)
- Saw Teong Hin (Jejak Warriors)
- Syamsul Yusof (Munafik)
- Wan Hasliza Wan Zainuddin (Love Supermoon)
- Chui Keng Guan (OlaBola)
- Shanjhey Kumar Perumal (Jagat)
- Jess Teong (The Kid From The Big Apple)
- Yee Kwan Wah/ Silver (Huat The Fish)
- Puvanendran A/L Selvaraja (Maravan)

Best Screenplay
- Feroz Kader (Suamiku Encik Perfect 10!)
- Joel Soh/Kyle Gooting/Anwari Ashraf Hashim/Adib Zaini (Polis Evo)
- Wan Hasliza Wan Zainudin (Love Supermoon)
- Bea Tanaka (Nota)
- Pekin Ibrahim (Mat Moto: Kami Mat Moto Bukan Mat Rempit)
- Puvanendran Selevaraja (Maravan)
- Lim Teik Yin/Jack Lim/ Wong Jee Meng/Nick Wing (Huat The Fish)
- Chan Yoke Yeng/Tan Pik Yee (OlaBola)
- Shanjhey Kumar Peruval (Jagat)
- Jess Teong (The Kid From The Big Apple)

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