The 4th Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFest) will be held virtually this month, in partnership with streaming platform MUBI.
The annual festival will run from January 15 to 21 on MUBI, where audiences in Malaysia can stream the selection for free with the platform’s 30-day trial subscription, as Variety reports.
Originally scheduled as an in-person event last December, MIFFest was set back by increasing coronavirus restrictions in the country that caused cinemas across Malaysia to close.
MIFFest chairperson Joanne Goh initially announced plans to put the festival on hold until it was safe to run it on-site, but the extension of Malaysia’s Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and its continuing impact on movie theatres have forced the festival to go online.
“The most important factor that caused this action is to avoid audiences and the festival team from being exposed to the risk of the pandemic,” said Goh at the 4th MIFFest Gala Night on December 30.
MIFFest will open with Victim(s), Layla Zhuqing’s film about Chinese high-school bullying in Malaysia. There will also be a spotlight section of four titles by Malaysian filmmakers.
Watch the trailer for Victim(s) below.
The rest of the line-up will also feature a world cinema section, with titles such as Korea’s Light For The Youth by Shin Su-won, China’s Summer Knight by Xing You, and the Philippines’ John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez.
View the full line-up below.