KUALA LUMPUR: Despite criticisms about the Kuala Lumpur World Film Festival being hastily organised, at least 32 movies have been submitted by the deadline yesterday.
National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) director-general Datuk Mohd Shariff Ahmad said the latest entry came from Colombia.
The festival, a run-up to the 13th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit fromFeb 20 to Feb 25, would be held on Feb 17 and 18.
There would be 96 screenings of the films at four Tanjong Golden Village cinemas at KLCC and at four Golden Screen Cinemas at the Mid Valley Megamall.
There would be six screenings at each cinema per day. Entrance is free and patrons can obtain tickets at a special booth at the cinemas on both days.
“Despite the negativity of some whom we asked for help in getting foreign films to participate, the response is very encouraging, especially since we had only a month to organise the event,” Mohd Shariff said at the Park Plaza Hotel in Jalan Ampang yesterday after a meeting with the media on the promotion of the event.
Asked if the films would continue to be screened after the festival, Mohd Shariff said it was not possible for the cinemas “as they are already diverting and rearranging the standing agreements with film suppliers to accommodate this official event.”
He urged television stations to use the opportunity to meet the film owners to screen the films after the festival.
“This is a new dimension in filmdom for us. The films that will be screened are not for their line-up of renowned actors but for the underlying theme – peace, harmony, non-violence, non-discrimination, friendship and humanity,” he said.
Shariff said the target audience for these “peace movies” was the younger generation like college students, undergraduates and schoolchildren.
About 40 academic institutions would ferry their students to the two-day screenings.