FFM controversy: Second official quits

Film Directors Association of Malaysia (FDAM)

PETALING JAYA: A second official has resigned from the Film Directors Association of Malaysia (FDAM) over the controversy of non-Bahasa Malaysia movies contesting for best movie awards at the upcoming 28th Malaysia Film Festival (FFM).

Filmmaker Jeffrey Chiang submitted his resignation letter today.

He told Malay Mail Online that he did not agree with the current actions by the association and its recent statement that national-level awards at the 28th FFM this year should only be open to Malay-language films.

FDAM assistant general secretary Hafiz Ibrahim resigned on Monday evening.

On Wednesday, the Communications and Multimedia Ministry decided to open FFM’s Best Picture category — previously restricted to films with 70% Bahasa Malaysia content — to all films and created the Best Film in the national language category.

Chiang was nominated for Most Promising Director in 2011’s FFM24 for the Malay feature film Dilarang Masuk.

His animated film Seefood was nominated at 2013’s FFM25 for the Best Picture in the non-Bahasa Malaysia category and also for the Best Screenplay category.

Earlier, FFM organiser National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) said it was abolishing all three non-Bahasa Malaysia categories.

The announcement came after reports that two popular movies — Ola Bola and Jagat would not be eligible for the Best Picture award.