FUKUOKA: The Government has asked the National Film Corporation (Finas) to stop producing feature films and just act as the mover of the local film industry.
Let these films be produced by our local film makers, said Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, adding that Finas, through Filem Negara Malaysia, could still produce informative documentaries and play the role of mentor for the industry.
Finas and Filem Negara, through the government's film making fund, had produced the big-budget films like Embun and Paloh, which both dwelled on the spirit of patriotism and heroism among the defenders of the motherland.
Dr Rais, who is here to attend the 49th Asia Pacific Film Festival (APFF), said his ministry was awaiting the Cabinet's approval to increase the fund to RM50mil to help filmmakers to produce more films in a year.
I hope there will be no hindrance to achieve this, he said, adding that the ministry's goal was for the industry to produce between 15 and 20 quality films annually.
He said while the Government would continue to support the industry, local film producers should sit together to discuss new technique and themes to attract a wider audience.
He said Kuala Lumpur would invite big names from Hollywood, India and Britain to take part in the festival when Malaysia hosts the fest next year.
On the sidelines of the APFF, representatives from the 13 participating nations spent Wednesday morning in a heated debate over a proposal by Japan to merge the fest with the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Tokyo's delegation head, Tan Takaiwa, who moved the idea, said countries could get more recognition and funds if there was a single festival.
After two hours and with no consensus reached, the meeting decided to bring the proposal for further discussion in Kuala Lumpur next year.
It was my understanding that he wanted to dissolve the Asia Pacific Film , Festival. National Film Producers Association information chief Mohd Mahyiddin Mustakim