It’s no secret that making films in Malaysia can be a harsh business.
Constantly navigating restrictions and religious conservatism on one hand and a very segmented market stereotyped by race and language on the other; making successful films in Malaysia is a bloody understatement.
But if Malaysian films like Barbarian Invasion (2021) by Tan Chui Mui can snare the Jury Prize at Shanghai’s most recent Golden Goblets Awards, and directors like Ray Lee can win not one, but DOZENS of international film festival with a low-budget zombie film, then there must be a dirty trick to get your Malaysian film noticed.
Or at least, a slew of useful suggestions based on the experience of talented local filmmakers.
We have taken the onerous liberty to actually go and ask some of Malaysia’s most promising directors and producers themselves: what does it take to get a Malaysian film noticed abroad?
They came up with 6 very interesting suggestions we believe you should print out and frame above your desk — or bedstand if you are the romantic type.
Read the full article here.