"Miimaland" wins two accolades at Toronto festival
Writer: Heidi Hsia
1 Apr – After the success of Dayak film, "Belaban Hidup: Infeksi Zombi" at the International Symbolic Art Film Festival held in St Petersburg, Russia, another Malaysian film, "Miimaland" has also been honoured with an international accolade.
The film, directed by Nevin Hiong, recently won Best Horror Film at the AltFF Alternative Film Festival Spring 2021 in Toronto, Canada, as well as Best Director for Hiong himself.
Hiong, who shared the good news on social media, expressed, "Two awards received from AltFF Alternative Film Festival, Toronto Canada. Really big and meaningful to me. Thank you [to] my team and all the people who [have helped] and contributed to this film."
Hiong with lead actor Fattah Amin
The 50 year-old filmmaker stated that they were just trying their luck when they submitted the movie to the festival, and didn't expect to win, besting other movies including UK's "Dead Destination" and "Thousand of Years" from the US.
"The movie received criticisms from film critics on YouTube. So, we are proud of this victory because it is important for the team. At the same time this success will be our benchmark for our future films," he said.
The cast and crew during the filming of the movie in 2019
The movie, which was released last year, revolves around a group of content creators who experience horrors following a trip to the defunct theme park, Mimaland. It stars Fattah Amin, Sophia Albarakbha, Zandra Ridhuwan, Camelia Natasya, Hazzy Alzeeq and Zalif Sidek.
Cinema Online, 01 April 2021
On the other hand, Hiong revealed that "Miimaland" was also nominated in several other international film festivals such as the Portland Horror Film Festival, Brussels Independent Film Festival and Europe Film Festival.