KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 – The much-awaited 6th Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest) has officially begun, promising a 7-day film extravaganza that cinephiles must not miss. The festival kicked off on July 23 with a grand opening ceremony at LaLaport BBCC, the supporting venue partner of MIFFest. The film screenings will take place at GSC MyTown from July 24 to July 30. At the opening ceremony, various intriguing film festival activities were announced, including two masterclasses by renowned directors Johnnie To and Ryuichi Hiroki, providing valuable insights for film enthusiasts and aspiring filmmakers.

The festival’s film lineup is nothing short of impressive, featuring 40 superb films from various regions, including Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Azerbaijan, Iran, France, India, Ukraine, Spain, and Turkey. Among the highlights are ‘My Small Land’ by Emma Kawawada, ‘Let the Dance Begin’ by Marina Seresesky, ‘Snow and the Bear’ by Selcen Ergun, ‘The Sunny Side of the Street’ by Lau Kok Rui, ‘Plan 75’ by Chie Hayakawa, ‘Iron Mask’ by Kim Sung Hwan, ‘Hong Kong Family’ by Eric Tsang, and ‘2 Women’ by Ryuichi Hiroki. The lineup also features outstanding Malaysian films like ‘Eraser’, ‘Adoiii Jiwaku!’, and ‘Shuttle Life’, with post-screening sharing sessions by the film teams.

The Malaysia International Film Festival has grown in prominence over the years, and this year’s submission of films has reached a record-breaking number of 113 short film entries, selected into the Top 10 finalists and to be screened during the festival at GSC MyTown and MIFFest Open Air Cinema. This year’s theme ‘NEW TAKE’ introduces new and diverse activities, including the MIFFest Open Air Cinema at LaLaport Rooftop Garden, showcasing outstanding local films in a lively atmosphere.  The festival will also host the MIFFest Marketplace from 22nd to 30th July, offering diverse vendors to complement the festival experience.

The founder and president of MIFFest, Joanne Goh, expressed gratitude for the growing support and interest in the festival. Collaborations with Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia (TECO) have added to the festival’s vibrancy, offering forums and film screenings. Film enthusiasts can catch the highly-anticipated opening film ‘Eraser’, directed by Mark Lee See Teck, and the closing film ‘See You at the Rally’ by Taiwanese director Kanny Chang, which promises to captivate audiences with their compelling stories.

The 6th Malaysia Golden Global Awards ceremony will be held on July 29th at Zepp Kuala Lumpur, live-streamed on RTM TV2, MIFFest’s official Facebook page, and MIFFest TikTok account, with a delayed broadcast on Viu TV HK. The 6th Malaysia International Film Festival is set to captivate audiences with its diverse and exciting lineup, showcasing the best of cinema from around the world. Cinephiles are in for a treat, as they embark on a week-long cinematic journey filled with powerful stories and creative brilliance.

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