Animating Malaysia: A Spotlight on the Malaysia Animation Film Festival 2023

Golden Screen Cinemas is hosting the first ever Malaysia Animation Film Festival 2023, in collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) through MDEC’s platform “Kre8tif!”. This collaboration aims to pave broader opportunities for aspiring digital content creators, film-makers and animators with a widespread platform to showcase their stories! This aligns with the nation’s goal to position Malaysia as a regional hub for digital content.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Golden Screen Cinemas, Ms. Koh Mei Lee, This collaboration reiterates their shared commitment towards supporting the growth of the local entertainment industry by showcasing locally-relevant digital content amongst creative talents. GSC wishes to provide a platform to nurture the potential of these creative talents to reach their dreams.

The Chief Executive Officer of MDEC, Tan Sri Mahadhir Aziz echoes this sentiment by highlighting their deep commitment into elevating Malaysia’s animation scene with this partnership. Aligned with the Malaysia Digital national strategic initiative and Pemangkin programs, MDEC remains steadfast in cultivating long-lasting relationships with industry players to achieve digital transformation. Together, they are proud to showcase the immense creative potential of our nation’s animators to the world.

Throughout the duration of the Malaysia Animation Film Festival, the short animated films that they will be screening are:

  • “Pillar of Strength” by Aie Ibrahim
  • “Walinong Sari” by Eugene Foo
  • “Kuihpocalypse” by Han F
  • “The Muralz” by Jeremy Lee
  • “The One That Got Away” by Jared Lee
  • “Footprints In The Forest” by Juhaidah Joemin and Sandra Khoo
  • “Framed Memories” by Mclelun Lee

Here’s my honest take: I was very impressed with all the films that were screened. Many of them told local stories that were very relatable to not just the overall Malaysian values that we hold dear such as our unity in local communities that run deep but also highlight the indigenous cultures that Malaysia is rich with! Some also highlight real issues concerning the depleting flora and fauna of our land.

However, my favourites by far have to be “Walinong Sari” for its stunning visuals reminiscent of Wayang Kulit and “Framed Memories” for its heartfelt and very relatable story, especially as a creative talent myself. These were just a visual delight on the eyes while also sharing stories that truly touched the heart – I actually almost ugly cried in the cinema while watching these… Overall, I found that they were very deserving of the awards they’ve received at a global scale as they’ve truly showcased the beauty, diversity and unity of Malaysia.

Whether you’re an aspiring animator, film-maker, artist or even just a movie fanatic such as myself, I highly recommend you check out these amazing films to show your support to our local budding animation industry! (P.S. Remember to bring some tissues with you because some of them hit a little too deep…)

These bold and imaginative animated films by multiple award-winning Malaysian talents have been compiled into a full length movie for the public’s enjoyment with tickets priced at RM15 per ticket, at selected GSC Locations: 

Klang Valley

  • GSC Mid Valley
  • GSC 1 Utama
  • GSC Lalaport BBCC
  • GSC IOI City Mall

Johor Bahru

  • GSC Paradigm JB


  • GSC Gurney Plaza


  • GSC CityONE Megamall

Kota Kinabalu

  • GSC Suria Sabah

Don’t wait around to decide though as the Malaysia Animation Film Festival will only be screening from 5 – 25 October 2023! Get your tickets here!

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