Annoyed Yusof Haslam to stay out of film festivals

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 09 Aug 2016

A section of the crowd at the dialogue

KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran filmmaker Datuk Yusof Haslam has vowed never to get involved in future Malaysian Film Festivals following accusations of conflict of interest in the nomination of films.

At the Ask Finas dialogue on Monday night, Yusof, who is Malaysian Film Producers (PFM) president, appeared annoyed at the suggestion that his two films were nominated for the upcoming festival due to personal interest.

The films, Munafik and Mat Moto – Kami Mat Moto Bukan Mat Rempit, by Yusof’s Skop Productions were listed for the Festival’s 28th edition on Sept 3.

“If my position is motivated by personal interest and this is being disputed, it is time that PFM wash its hands and completely surrender the organising of the film festival to Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional (Finas).

“I am tired with the various accusations that are being hurled although it is not all true, in fact I do not even know who sits on the jury (that selects the nominees),” he said at the dialogue which was held at the Pitching Centre, KL Sentral.

The dialogue, also attended by Finas director-general Datuk Kamil Othman, was held to receive feedback from industry players over the decision to nominate OlaBola and Jagat under the non-Malay category for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Director.

The suggestions forwarded at the dialogue included the request that Finas and PFM not to separate the nominations based on language and also a call for the best mechanism to be found in order to solve the recent dispute.

There were also suggestions that Finas appoint an independent body to organise the festival to prevent conflicts and questions concerning Finas or other organisation’s private interest.

Kamil said Finas was confident that there was no issue of personal interest in the nominations for the festival.

He said he was also open to any change based on input and views received over the organising of the festival.

“I will not reject any changes that follows as a result of the meeting tonight, however it would require a deeper analysis before a decision is made,” he said.

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