17 Aug – In the future editions of Malaysia Film Festival (FFM), the public might have the chance to be a little more involved in the voting process.
Even though it will only be for one category, Most Popular Local Film, it is still a step in the right direction for the film festival, which was recently broiled in controversy over its formerly race-segregated categories.
The voting may be done online once implemented, as disclosed by National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) director-general Datuk Kamil Othman.
"It has not been planned in detail yet, but the voting for FFM in the future can be done online. At the end of the day, FINAS' believes that since audiences have paid money to watch the films, 20 per cent of the voting can be allocated for online votes," said Datuk Kamil.
It was one of the possibilities raised during the meeting between FINAS, key people in the local movie industry and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.
Currently, the parties involved in the organising of FFM are looking for ways to improve future editions of the film festival, following the ruckus it recently sparked when many, professionals and the public alike, voiced out their dissatisfaction with the way the current FFM is being handled.
The 28th edition of the Malaysia Film Festival is still scheduled to run from 1 to 3 September, with the main award ceremony taking place on the final day at Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
(Photo source: FINAS' Facebook)