PETALING JAYA: A prestigious Malaysian film market event dubbed Temasya 2003, much like the Cannes Film Festival, will make its debut from Sept 16 to Oct 1.
The event, the first of its kind in the region, is specially planned in conjunction with the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit, which is scheduled in October.
It is presented by Neguin Company Sdn Bhd and will comprise three major events like the International Television and Film Market, Films Showcase on Women in the Art of Cinema in Islamic Nations and a conference on the Art of Cinema.
Temasya 2003 chairman Datuk Syed Alwi said more than 20 countries have confirmed their participation including China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Kuwait, Britain, Bahrain and Mexico.
This is a special film market where international television and film producers, distributors, buyers and sellers meet up, discuss and carry out their business dealings.
Temasya 2003 will open up Malaysia as the first film market in this region and film producers will have everything to gain by taking part in this event, said Syed Alwi.
Present at the announcement of Temasya 2003 were Neguin Company managing director Ramin Ahmadi and project adviser Datuk Dr Ahmad Merican, among others.
Syed Alwi said the event will promote Malaysia as a content-creation hub apart from introducing a network of professionals in the film and television market.
The film market will also provide the perfect platform for trading and exchanging cinematic productions and television programmes for film industry players, he said.
One of the more interesting events lined up is the Films Showcase which will provide film enthusiasts an alternative entertainment outlet that is more refreshing and in line with societys social and cultural values.
All films screened during this period will focus on a unique theme the role of women in the art of cinema in Islamic nations.
More than 20 movies are expected to be screened at the Golden Screen Cinemas at MidValley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur, from Sept 16 to Oct 1 in conjunction with the event.
Syed Alwi said the conference will cater to academicians and professionals in the industry and offer the perfect place to exchange their views on cinematic art in six sessions of workshops.
Various established speakers from Neguin Company, Kwik Pay (M) Sdn Bhd, Cinema Online (M) Sdn Bhd and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) will conduct the workshops.
With an impressive track record organising internationally-acclaimed film festivals like the Artistic and Cultural Event in Iran (1989), Teheran Film Market (1996-1998), Iranian Film festival (2000), Iranian Musical Festivals in Europe and North America (1990 & 1991) and the recent Kuala Lumpur Film Festival (2003), Neguin Company intends to hold Temasya 2003 as an annual event.
The 10 films which have been confirmed for screening include Thai movie Taloompuk, four Iranian movies Women Prison, A Girl With the Sneakers, The Last Soccer and Hidden Half, Land for Stranger from Syria and Eliana, Eliana from Indonesia.
Malaysia is offering three of its better movies Perempuan Melayu Terakhir, Embun and Sayang Salmah.