Budget 2023: Finas hopes govt focuses on creative industry too

25/11/2022 09:52 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 (Bernama) -- The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) is hoping that the government will also focus on the creative industry in Budget 2023 to elevate the local film industry to the international level.

Finas chairman, Senator Datuk Seri Zurainah Musa said an allocation from the government would not only boost the country’s film industry but also help create a healthy bond with other countries.

“It is through films that we make friends, it is through films that we create relationships and the whole ecosystem wins as (films) play an important role in the economy. 

“If the creative industry is developed, it can help boost the economy and revenue,” she said to reporters at the second press conference of the 32nd Malaysian Film Festival (FFM32) here today.

FFM32 hopes to generate strategic networking and cooperation between the government and creative industry players with the implementation of programmes that promote professionalism as well as provide a platform for cinema culture through quality work.

On the proposal to introduce a Malaysian Film Festival at a smaller scale to promote local films to the world, she said it can be considered since local films have the potential to do well at the international level.

“Not only can the films be shown at local cinemas but also overseas by providing English and Chinese subtitles. This is important. I will discuss this matter further,” she said.

FFM32 will be held at Encore Melaka Theatre and broadcast live on Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM)'s TV2 at 9 pm on Dec 2.





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