4th MIFFest - New Strait Times

KUALA LUMPUR: With the temporary closure of cinemas in Malaysia due to the spike cases of Covid-19, the fourth Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest) has been postponed to next year.

MIFFEst chairperson and founder Joanne Goh said that the tentative new date would now be on Jan 2 next year.

“According to the latest SOP announced by the government, activities at cinemas are strictly not allowed during this Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.

“And since MIFFest will physically take place at local cinemas, the festival committee has to consider the health and safety of those involved in the event.

“The health and safety of filmmakers, artistes, audiences, crew and staff members are our priority and concern. This decision has been reached in response to the worldwide efforts in taking preventative measures to contain the pandemic,” she said in a statement today

She added: “The world is going through one of the most difficult challenges. We stand together in solidarity with the rest of the world in dealing with this unfortunate turn of event.”

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors (MAFE) has stated that the association would continue to monitor the situation and react accordingly as market conditions improve.

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MIFFest postponed

(Kuala Lumpur, 10th) “The 4th Malaysia International Film Festival” (MIFFest) was originally scheduled to be held from December 5th to 10th. After Malaysia TV, Lin Yiting’s “Victims” was selected as the opening film. “South Witch” directed by Cheong Keat An and shortlisted for the Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Horse Awards this year was selected as the closing film. However, in Peninsular Malaysia except Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan, there will be In the case of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) until December 6, MIFFest issued a renewal notice and regretfully announced that the “4th Malaysia International Film Festival” will be postponed until next year, and the tentative date is January 2 next year.

4th MIFFest - The Star

The fourth edition of the Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest) is set to take place as a real-world event at the end of 2020.

But organisers will suspend two award events due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Festival organisers said that two competition events, the MIFFest Short Film Competition and the Malaysia Golden Global Awards (MGGA), will be put on hold this year, while the festival runs from Dec 5- 10.

The event was delayed from its original slot in July.

“These events will involve large-scale gatherings, as well as huge invitations and travel of international filmmakers, guests, and crews,” organisers said in a statement.

“The decision is made to adapt to Covid-19 pandemic safety and recovery measures.”

The six-day festival-run will screen 20 films from around the world under the theme of humanity.

Films are grouped under three categories: world cinema masterpieces, highlights of Asian cinema, and spotlight on Malaysian filmmakers.

The full line-up is expected to be announced two months before the new festival dates. The list of filmmakers attending will also be announced later.

As of July 1, the coronavirus has infected 8,640 people in Malaysia and killed 121.

Cinemas are taking precautions such as pre-registration and temperature checks. Audiences are required to wear masks inside the cinema, and they must keep an empty seat between them in an auditorium.

Those aged 12 or under or 60 or above are not allowed to enter the cinema. – Reuters

4th MIFFest | eNanyang

(Kuala Lumpur, 2nd) The 4th Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest) held an online media conference on Monday, announcing that 19 films will be screened this year. The opening film is “The Perpetrator, the Victim” directed by Ji Zhuqing, and Zhang Director Ji An’s “South Witch” is the closing film.

This year’s film festival will implement a free viewing program, and audiences only need to redeem tickets at the designated TGV theater before the screening. The TGV cinema will also implement standard operating procedures and safety measures to ensure the health and safety of all audiences and on-site staff. Ng Pei Ling, Chairman and Founder of the Film Festival, said: “We sincerely hope that through the implementation of this free movie viewing program, the Malaysian film industry can be revitalized.”

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This year the film festival also cooperated with the online streaming platform MUBI to broadcast six of the works from Southeast Asian directors on its Malaysian platform, including Glenn Barit’s “Cleaners”, Liao Kefa’s “Jackfruit”, Arden Rod Condez’s “John DenverTrending, “Many Chickens, Lots of Luck” by ?nar ?narsson and Riboet Akbar), “Day Without Horses” by Yang Yiheng, and “The Long Walk” by Mattie Do. These 6 films will be screened exclusively on the MUBI platform the next day after the end of the film festival. The first one will be the Malaysian work “A Horseless Day”.

In addition, Bront Palarae, who is also an actor, director and producer, will once again serve as the ambassador of this festival. The theme song “We Are One” will be sung and composed by Xu Kai, and director Li Shite will write the lyrics. The 4th Malaysia International Film Festival will be held from December 5th to 10th. For more details, please visit MIFFest official Social media and website www.miffest.com.my.

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4th MIFFest

Despite the impact of the epidemic, “The 4th Malaysia International Film Festival” (MIFFest) will be held from December 5 to 10 as scheduled. This year, a total of 19 films participated and premiered in Malaysia; “Victims” directed by the Chinese female director Ji Zhu Qing was selected as the opening film of this film festival. Keat Aun Chong directed and was nominated as the new director of the “57 Golden Horse Awards” and the original script “The Story of Southern Islet” was the closing film.

4th MIFFest - KwongWah Daily

Live Conference announces the details of the 4th Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest) in 2020

4th Miffest - KwongWah Daily

The 4th Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest) in 2020 will start at TGV theaters from December 5th to 10th. 19 films from various countries will be screened. Movie lovers, students, and the public are welcome to vsiit the scene during this period. Enjoy this series of good movies together.

“Victims” directed by Ji Zhu Qing was selected as the opening film of this film festival, while the film “The Story of Southern Islet ” directed by Keat Aun Chong is the closing film. Each movie has its own characteristics waiting for the audience to go to the cinema to find out.

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Chong Keat Aun “The Story of Southern Islet” was selected as the closing film

The “4th Malaysia International Film Festival ” (MIFFest) will be held from December 5th to 10th. This year, Malay actor Bront Palarae will be invited again as the promotion ambassador. 19 films will be screened one after another.

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The virtual press conference was held on 2 November 2020 and hosted by the festival chairperson, Joanne Goh. Nineteen films will be screened during the 4th MIFFest 2020 and all the films are making their premiere in Malaysia.

‘Victim (s)’ directed by Layla Zhuqing JI is selected as the opening film of the festival, whereas ‘The Story of Southern Islet’ directed by Chong Keat Aun will be the closing film. MIFFest is honored to have the continuous support of award-winning actor, director and producer Bront Palarae as the festival ambassador this year.

MIFFest is also honoured to have the continuous support of TGV Cinemas for their participation as the festival’s cinema partner this year. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and safety measures in the theatres are implemented to ensure the health and safety of all staff members and cinema-goers.

This year’s screenings will be free of charge as the festival is implementing the free cinema admission policy. Audiences only need to redeem their tickets at the selected cinemas prior to screenings. We truly hope that by the implementation of this policy, the festival would be able to assist in revitalizing the film industry in Malaysia, said Ms. Joanne Goh, the chairperson and founder of MIFFest. Ms. Goh hopes that the public will support the film screening during the 4th MIFFest 2020.

The festival has also collaborated with the film streaming service MUBI to present six films from MIFFest’s 2020 line-up on MUBI in Malaysia. Films selected by MUBI come from some of Southeast Asia’s most talented new directors and include ‘Cleaners (Glenn Barit)’, ‘Boluomi (Lau Kek Huat)’, ‘John Denver Trending (Arden Rod Condez)’, ‘Many Chickens, Lots of Luck (Önar Önarsson, Riboet Akbar)’, ‘Malu (Edmund Yeo)’ and ‘The Long Walk (Mattie Do)’. All six films will start showing exclusively on MUBI straight after the festival, starting with the Malaysian entry ‘Malu’.

‘We Are One’, the festival’s theme song sung by Uriah See, will be distributed by Warner Music (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. for the festival promotion. The theme song of the 4th MIFFest 2020 expresses the powerful Malaysian spirit to the world. Mark Lee as the writer composer has lifted the spirit to greater heights. Moreover, ‘We Are One’ is produced by Alex San, executive produced by Joanne Goh, music composed by Uriah, music arranged by Alex San and Chong Yin Fen.

The festivals animated short film was also launched at the virtual press conference.  The 4th MIFFest 2020 which is being organized by Jazzy Universe would like to express its gratitude for the support and contributions of the Co-Presenter: Sunstrong Entertainment, Official Cinema Partner: TGV Cinemas, Official OTT Platform: MUBI, Supporting Partners: FINAS Malaysia, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, EIFX Expresso Infusion FX Sdn Bhd, Official Drink: A BOBA CHA, Special Thanks: J PIN.

MIFFEST would also like to invite the public, students filmmakers, and film enthusiasts to celebrate films from 5 Dec to 10 Dec 2020. For more information, and updates, please stay tuned for more announcements on MIFFest’s social media pages and official website, www.miffest.com.my.

(list of the 4th MIFFEST 2020 Screening Films)