The much delayed 31st Malaysia Film Festival (FFM31) was finally held last week, 10 December, with the Oscars-submitted film Roh emerging as the biggest winner, taking home 6 awards.
Produced by Kuman Pictures and directed by first-time filmmaker Emir Ezwan, the horror thriller nabbed Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Musical Score, Best Child Actress (Putri Qaseh), Best Supporting Actress (Junainah M. Lojong), and the festival’s top prize – Best Film.
FFM31, which honours the best local films released in 2019, was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020, but was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.
This edition of the festival saw 55 entries, with almost half of the entries being in the Malay language, including Roh.
Besides trophies and critical acclaim by the industry, the movie’s creators also received a whopping RM500,000 prize from the government’s Digital Content Fund for their Best Film win.
Meanwhile, the sports drama film Sangkar won five awards, taking home Best Director (Khabir Bhatia), Best Actor (Zul Ariffin), Best Supporting Actor (Remy Ishak), Best Art Direction, & Best Makeup.
The Best Actress Award went to Sinje Lee for the film The Garden Of Evening Mists, which also won Best Original Story and Best Visual Special Effects.