Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival

The Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival is a film festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, first held in November-December 2007. It has competition programme, in which the Perdana Awards are given in five regional categories: Best Asian Film, Best African Film, Best European Film, Best North American Film and Best South American Film, as well as awards for Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Animation.


Kuala Lumpur World Film Festival

The Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival had its beginnings in February 2003 when the one-off, three-day Kuala Lumpur World Film Festival was organised by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia, or FINAS. Organised in conjunction with the Non-Aligned Movement Conference being held that year, the theme was "Peace, Harmony, Non-Violence and Non-Discrimination".

Three years later, a consortium of entertainment companies an annual film festival, the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival (KLIFF), be organised by FINA.

2007 festival

With the theme, "Celebrating Cultural Diversity", the inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival screened 50 films from 18 countries. The competition featured 22 films from the five continents of Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America, as well as documentaries, short films and animation. The budget for the film festival was 4 million Malaysian ringgit. [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/awards_festivals/news/e3i1c5324e0fe82849f959266b5076de2e4 22 pics to compete in Kuala Lumpur] , "Hollywood Reporter"; retrieved 2007-11-30] [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/awards_festivals/news/e3i26961e5d24755342ab373e0c2b8ccd8d Kuala Lumpur fest spotlights Malaysia] , "Hollywood Reporter"; retrieved 2007-11-30] [ [http://star-ecentral.com/news/story.asp?file=/2007/11/24/movies/19542673&sec=movies Inaugural Kuala Lumpur film festival to screen 22 entries] , "The Star (Malaysia)"; retrieved 2007-11-30]

Among the competition entries was one Malaysian film, "". A non-competition film making its premiere was "Long Road to Heaven", an Indonesian film about the 2002 Bali bombings. [ [http://www.sgfilm.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=23300&sid=7793fd75647e8846f085b41386c6292f#23300 Making its debut this year, the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival aims to put Malaysia on the international film industry map] , "New Straits Times"; retrieved 2007-11-30]

The festival was held from November 28 to December 2, 2007 with screenings at the Cathay Cineleisure Mutiara Damansara and the Perdana Awards ceremony at the Putra World Trade Centre.



Jury members for the competition were U-Wei Haji Shaari from Malaysia, Andrew Vial from Australia, Jeff Bollow from New Zealand, Sozo Teruoka from Japan and Tikoy Aguiluz from the Philippines. The awards are as follows: [http://www.varietyasiaonline.com/content/view/5077/53/ KL fest wrapped on Sunday] , "Variety"; retrieved 2007-12-03]
*Best Film - "Sunday in Kigali" (Canada)
*Best Actress - Fatou N’Diaye ("Sunday in Kigali")
*Best Actor - Adel Imam ("The Yacoubian Building", Egypt)
*Best Director - Charles Burnett ("The Struggle for Liberation", Namibia)
*Best Screenplay - "American Folk" (USA)
*Best Score - "The Struggle for Liberation" (Namibia)
*Best Sound - "" (Malaysia)
*Best Cinematography - "Not by Chance" (Brazil)
*Best Special Effects (Jury Merit Award) - "Transformers" (USA)
*Best Editing - Raphael Nadjari ("Tehilim")
*Special Jury Award - "1957: Hati Malaya"
*Best African Film - "The Struggle for Liberation" (Namibia)
*Best South American Film - "Cyrano Fernandez" (Venezuela)
*Best North American Film - "Sunday in Kigali" (Canada)
*Best European Film - "Tehilim" (France)
*Best Asian Film - "One Summer with You" (China)
*Best Documentary - "4" (Australia)
*Best Animation - "Upin & Ipin" (Malaysia)
*Best Short Film - "Feng (Wind)" (Singapore/Australia)


External links

* [http://www.klfilmfest.com/ Official site]

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