The second Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest) has officially kicked off in Kuala Lumpur on February 25.

A total of 24 titles from various countries are scheduled to be screened at TGV Cinemas Suria KLCC as part of the film festival. This year, the MIFFest is turning heads around as it puts on a huge emphasis on female directors, making up almost half the films selected for the festival. A rather timely notion that responds to Hollywood’s current predicament. Movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp serve as a respond to the continuous sexual misconduct in the industry and call for more diversity within the film industry.

In addition, there will also be a Female Filmmakers in Focus talk where directors Shin Su-won, Roya Sadat, Tan Chui Mui and Kamila Andini will discuss the challenges and struggles of being a filmmaker in Asia. This is certainly a wonderful opportunity for Malaysian film enthusiasts to learn from these foreign filmmakers. The MIFFest 2018 serves as a testament that our society believes in the importance of diversity as well as gender equality.

From Left: Love Actually, Pop Aye, Glass Garden

Among the movies that will be screened at the MIFFest 2018 are Malaysian titles Shuttle Life, AQERAT, Year Without A Summer and The White Girl as well as Love Education (Taiwan), Pop Eye (Singapore), Glass Garden (South Korea), and more.

The second MIFFest is a six-day affair that is set to run from February 25 till March 2, while the MGGA awards presentation ceremony will be held on March 3.

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