2022 China Film Festival will strengthen Malaysia-China relations through film industry, says vice minister

Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin speaks during an interview with Bernama at Universiti Malaysia Perlis on August 13, 2022. – Bernama pic

Thursday, September 15, 2022 11:40 p.m. MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 15 — Hosting the inaugural 2022 Chinese Film Festival in Malaysia is part of Malaysia’s and China’s continued efforts to strengthen bilateral relations through the film industry.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the four-day festival, which begins today, not only serves as a platform for filmmakers and producers from both countries to share ideas, but also to identify partnership opportunities to develop the film industry.

“2022 marks the 48th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China. Relations between Malaysia and China are important, not only for economic reasons, but also for cultural initiatives, creativity and innovation in mutual concern and cross-cultural communication.

“I believe this film festival will become an important platform for both sides to enhance the people-to-people understanding and friendship between Malaysia and China,” he said during his speech at the launch. of the festival here today.

He said the ministry will remain committed to supporting local creative talents and ensuring they can break into the international film market.

“Tonight, the opening ceremony will see the screening of the film On your marks, directed by Malaysian-Chinese filmmaker Chiu Keng Guan. The film earned RM8.7 million on its opening day and then collected over RM24 million over the next two days and became the number one film in China on its opening day.

“I am very proud that a film produced in Malaysia has received such attention from China. The Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, through the National Film Development Corporation, facilitates the Malaysian film industry and invites all foreign production houses, especially those from the People’s Republic of China, to shoot in Malaysia said Zahidi.

A total of 20 films, 18 Chinese and two Malaysian, will be screened at the DADI Cinema Pavilion Kuala Lumpur throughout the festival, organized by the Kuala Lumpur China Cultural Centre. — Bernama

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