KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur World Film Festival to promote peaceful global co-existence has been made an annual affair.
Finas director-general Datuk Mohd Shariff Ahmad, who announced this on Friday, said the inaugural festival held between Feb 16 and 18 with the theme Peace, Friendship and Humanity marked Malaysia’s contribution towards world peace by screening and promoting films that carried such values.
“We will continue with the efforts and we have decided to hold the event annually.
“This is indeed an important decision for the country’s film industry and we look forward to a better and more successful festival ahead,” he told some 200 guests at an appreciation dinner, attended by staff, representatives from corporations and individuals who had contributed towards the success of the festival.
Also present were dignitaries from various foreign embassies here, including Australia, Austria, Columbia, Cuba, Croatia, France and China.
The festival was organised to coincide with the Non-Aligned Movement Summit held here in late February.
The festival attracted the participation of 48 films from over 30 countries and the grand prizes went to Iran, Germany and Austria.
Mohd Shariff, who is also the festival's secretariat head, said despite the short notice of five weeks to put the show together, the film festival had proceeded smoothly and did the country proud.