A Review on the Development, Challenges and Contributions of Independent Film Activities in Malaysia Film Industry

By Vimala Perumal, Hamisah Zaharah Hassan, Jusang Bolong and Mohd. Nizam Osman.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Film, as an art form playing a vital role and is a powerful tool in documenting, influencing and shaping the society. Malaysian filmmakers are mainly divided into two categories: mainstream and independent film producers. Increasingly, these independent (or “Indie”) filmmakers have made their presence felt by winning awards at various international film. Working in the digital video (DV) format, a number of independent filmmakers really hit their stride with a range of remarkably strong titles and international recognition has been quick in coming and their works are now regularly in exhibition or in competition, winning many top prizes at prestigious festivals around the world. Certainly the new millennium that was marked as the digital technology revolution has changed the face of filmmaking in Malaysia. This paper reports the development and challenges of independent film activities in Malaysia and its contribution to the local film industry.

Keywords: Independent Film, Development, Challenges, Contributions

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.109-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.036MB).

Vimala Perumal

Lecturer, Aesthetic Media (Special Interest Group),, Soft Knowledge Management (Special Interest Group), Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Vimala graduated from Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Malaysia, in the field of film and animation in 2003. Upon graduation, she began her career teaching visual research and communication at Multimedia University, where she earned a Masters degree in Knowledge Management. She has keen interest in the visual arts and love meeting people, sharing and expanding ideas. The humble effort to create the Indian community film has created a stepping-stone for many future collaboration and to further venture on many more visions. Her recent achievements include accolades for her winning script for the feature film “Chalanggai” from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival in Rotterdam and The Seed Grant from National Geographic All Roads Film Project. She is grateful and delighted that to date; the film has been screened and received numerous awards from many local and internationals film festivals for its realistic and artistic depiction of Indian community life in Malaysia. Her debut short film was among the top 60 in the world, which was screened recently at the 30th Busan International Short Film Festival in Korea. Vimala is currently pursuing her doctorate studies in the field of film production and human communication at University Putra Malaysia.

Dr. Hamisah Zaharah Hassan

Lecturer, Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Hamisah Zaharah Hassan is a lecturer at Department of Communication.

Dr. Jusang Bolong

Lecturer, Department of Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Jusang Bolong is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. He earned his diploma and first degree in Agriculture, his Master of Science in Development Communication, and his Ph.D in Human Communication from Universiti Putra Malaysia. His research interest is on Human Communication,Computer Mediated Communication, and Development Communication. Currently he is involved in a research on the use of ICT and family communication, and mobilizing e-community for inculcating first class mentality.


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