Yesterday, we talked to Lara Ariffin (click here to read our fascinating interview with her!), who won the GZDoc’s Best Pitch Award for her wildlife documentary Wild Wild East. Now it’s time to talk another Malaysian who has also won the award – Chew Han Tah! If you’re familiar with the culinary legend, Martin Yan, you have Chew Han Tah to thank for the show based in Vietnam and Malaysia.
As part of our Crossing Border series, where we talk to documentary filmmakers, we got to talk to Lara Ariffin, one of the winners of the GZdoc best pitch award, GZDoc referring to the Guangzhou International Documentary Festival at The Leipzig Networking Days. The ceremony was held in Leipzig, Germany in late October.
In Malaysia, The National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) plays a significant role in ensuring the exposure of films planning to reach a mass audience. Much like its American counterpart, Motion Picture Association of America, and their creation of the rating system (e.g. R-Rated, PG-13, etc) FINAS establishes guidelines for Malaysian films too.
If you’re familiar with online hit short films “Pekak“, “Bebel” and last year’s interactive “Ngelamun” that took a delightful spin on Malaysian school life with its beautiful color grading, storyline, and composition- you best believe that Adam Zainal and his crew is coming up with something wonderful, but they need YOUR help to get it rolling!