Let's work on winning an Oscar, just like Korea, says Saifuddin

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah wants the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) to embark on a "Project Oscar" roadmap, aimed at getting a Malaysian film to win cinema's most coveted awards.

Referring to the South Korean film, Parasite, which won the 2019 best picture award at the Academy Awards, the Communications and Multimedia Minister said if South Korea could do it, then there was nothing to stop Malaysia from pulling off the same feat.

"Maybe (in) 10 years or 20 years.

"It took Korea about 30 years to win the award. It doesn't matter how long, but the target must be there, and work on this has to start," he said during a press conference after visiting the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) on Tuesday (June 16).

Saifuddin said he was not the first minister to talk about winning an Oscar.

"All I'm saying is let's put the roadmap together and put it on paper.

"Let's calculate the budget and what the strategy is. Learn from India and Korea.. how they managed to get it," he said.

"I know it is an aspiration to all film-loving Malaysians, and especially the filmmakers, but we have to really put it down and work for it," he added.

However, Saifuddin said the project should be a medium or long-term plan.

He said in sports, for example, there were targets to win medals, from SEA Games right up to the Olympics.

He said "Project Oscar" would be one of a four-prong approach in movie-making that should be given emphasis.

Another would be to make the whole industry a success, by improving films, production houses and talents.

A third would be to have an "incubator" stage, while the fourth would be to start a project to inculcate a sense of patriotism among Malaysians.

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