Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sarawak Poise To Become Destination Of Choice For Asean, Asian Film Producers
KUCHING, April 10 (Bernama) -- With Sarawak again hosting the ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (Aiffa), the state is set to become the latest destination for more local and foreign film producers and directors for their films and documentaries.

State Tourism Ministry permanent secretary Datuk Ik Pahon said the prestigious biennial festival augured well for the state tourism and film industries.

The Chinese delegation, for instance, would visit the Bakun hydro dam area after the festival to check on possible sites for future film and documentary projects, he said when launching the Aiffa Film Biz World seminar and exhibition at the Sarawak Tourism Complex here today.

Some 14 film producers and directors are from China and 11 from Korea are among the 238 delegates, including from the 10 ASEAN countries who have arrived here for the festival being held from yesterday until this Sunday,

Later speaking to the media, Ik said this year's Aiffa was all the more special with the appearance of world film superstar Datuk Jacky Chan who would be flying in tonight.

Besides him, Malaysian very own Hollywood superstar Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh will also be coming.

Meanwhile, a love story film has been shot entirely in the Bako National Park and Santubong near here.

The film "Nota" (Note) starring Hans Issac and Maya Karim was shot in Bako National Park and the seaside village of Santubong by Japanese producer Yasu Tanaka who also wrote and directed it.

Nota debuts nationwide this August.

Tomorrow Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek is expected to officiate at the China Korea film forum in conjunction with Aiffa at the Sarawak Tourism Complex here.


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