Taylor's and Finas to propel local film industry
By Nadhirah Sofea Rashid
Taylor's University and the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (Finas) will be collaborating to drive the growth of the Malaysian film industry among students.
This follows the signing of an MoU between them that outlines practical training, academic programmes, and efforts in promoting and developing Malaysian films, talent and the film community.
Finas chief executive officer Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri believes that collaboration with Taylor's University is an effective way to engage the youth with all their creative energy.
"We welcome this partnership as we believe Taylor's University is serious in helping the nation achieve this goal by fostering a culture among its students to explore and push boundaries of film making. We look forward to fruitful collaborations and exchanges," he said.
He hopes this MoU will change the mentality of the people in the arts industry.
"Those days, parents will usually say no to their child if they wanted to pursue their dreams in the arts. They believed that there was no future in the arts.
"This is why we are here to collaborate not only with private universities but also with public universities to be the platform for students to have a proper education to be great filmmakers," he said.
Taylor's deputy vice chancellor and chief academic officer Dr Pradeep Nair said he was delighted that the university could play a role in championing the arts in Malaysia's film industry.
"I'm excited about this development because I believe our students have a lot to contribute in the film area and collaborating with Finas will certainly lend the industry exposure and experience that young movie makers need," he said.
The Taylor's University Film Festival (TUFF) that will take place on November 20-22 this year will be one of the results of the MoU.
Taylor's Film Society president Ilyas Zorin said that his goal was to empower young filmmakers.
The Bachelor of Mass Communication student said he felt that efforts such TUFF was important in propelling the industry forward with fresh new ideas.
"Students here have many talents but we are lacking platforms to showcase them. We find it intimidating to submit our work to film festivals as we will be competing with thousands.
"The MoU will be a starter and I hope that TUFF will be a platform for the youth to bring out their talents," he said.
The festival is open to entries from students in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It is also open to new filmmakers with not more than five years of experience.
There are several categories of competition for participants .