Tuesday 4/2/2003

Kuala Lumpur to host world film festival

Malaysian fans can watch free movies from various countries when the Kuala Lumpur World Film Festival kicks off from Feb. 16.
So far, 16 countries have confirmed participation in the three-day festival which will be held in conjunction with the 13th Non- Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Kuala Lumpur from Feb. 20 to Feb. 25, a spokesman of the organizing committee said Saturday.
Among the entries submitted for the festival are "Bend It Like Beckham" (England), "La Grande Illusion" (France), "C.E.O" (China), "Agni Dahaya" (Sri Lanka), "Under The Moonlight" (Iran), "Gloomy Sunday" (German) and "Remade or No Man's Land (Bosnia Herzegovina).
Others are "Comrade Bojkenzhaev" (Uzbekistan), "Slap Behind The Wings" (Vietnam), "Leo Sonny Boy" (Switzerland), "Price of Milk" ( New Zealand), "The Profession of Arm" (Italy), "Seven Song From The Tundra" (Findland), "Voyage of The Pacific Peacemaker-Home of The Ranch" (Australia), "Mekong Full Moon Party" (Thailand) and " In Case I Won't See You Again" (Mexico).
There will be three grand awards and four jury awards given to successful entries that reflect the theme of the festival on peace, harmony, non violence and oppression, according to the spokesman.
Winning entry for the first grand award will receive US$15,000, second grand award US$12,000 and third grand award US$10,000. The four jury award winners will get a trophy and certificate each.
Some 50 countries are expected to take part in the festival which will be the first to be held in Malaysia and at any NAM Summit.