FINAS Aims to Collaborate with Oscar Winner Kartiki Gonsalves

FINAS Aims to Collaborate with Oscar Winner Kartiki Gonsalves

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) aims to establish collaboration with the director of the documentary film “The Elephant Whisperers,” Kartiki Gonsalves, to elevate the local documentary production industry to an international level. Datuk Azmir Saifuddin Mutalib, the CEO of FINAS, stated that collaborating with Kartiki, who won an Oscar at the 95th Academy Awards last year, would bring positive synergy and impact to the Malaysian film industry. He said that understanding the process and business networks are crucial in producing the best documentaries overall.

“The knowledge gained from the production journey of ‘The Elephant Whisperers,’ from pre-production to the Oscar campaign, provides inspiration and can shape the future of documentary filmmaking in Malaysia. “The shared expertise of the main force behind the documentary, its director Kartiki, along with Krish Makhija as the cinematographer and editor Sanchari Molick Das, can serve as valuable guidance to local documentary makers, paving the way for international success,” he said in a statement after the closing ceremony of the Documentary Masterclass with Oscar Winner at the MyIPO Auditorium here on Friday.

Azmir said that Kartiki, in her lecture, also advised filmmakers to strive to produce films that appeal to all audiences, such as those about wildlife and natural life, even if such projects take a long time to complete. Additionally, Kartiki shared her experience of taking six years to complete “The Elephant Whisperers” and overcoming various challenges. The jointly organized program by FINAS and Universal Zest Sdn Bhd, which began last Monday, was attended by 85 participants from various backgrounds and experiences in the local creative industry. Also delivering a lecture at the program was local documentary producer Ahmad Yazid, who has over 20 years of experience in documentary production for both local and international markets.


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