The Malaysian Film Festival celebrates the very best of Malaysian cinema here in Singapore at the Old Parliament House (the Arts House) for 3 days from 28th September to 30th September 2018 and will run in conjunction with the CausewayEXchange festival.  We have the honor once again to have veteran Malaysian filmmaker, Mr Hassan Muthalib, who has been an integral part of the Malaysian film industry for the last 50 years, to curate this year’s lineup.

The festival will also feature panel discussions and talks by the directors of some of the featured films.  This is where we encourage dialogue between Singaporeans and Malaysians about their respective film industries.

The Malaysian Film Festival in Singapore is organized by DMR Productions. DMR Productions produce CausewayExchange (CEX), an annual arts exchange festival between Singapore and Malaysia that provides a platform for creative industries from both Singapore and Malaysia to share their work, network and explore new possibilities. The festival has been going on for 8 years and has presented over 356 artists across all genres and has attracted an audience of over 38,000.


Mr Hassan Abd. Muthalib is a self-taught artist, designer and filmmaker who has been involved in the film scene for 50 years. He directed the popular, animated Sang Kancil series and Silat Legenda, Malaysia’s first animated feature film. He is officially recognized as the Father of Malaysian Animation and as an Animation Pioneer by Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

Hassan is a film historian and a film critic. His writings appear in many books and academic journals overseas. His book, Malaysian Cinema in a Bottle, published in 2013, is a history and analysis of Malaysian cinema from the first film screening in 1897 right up to 2013.

He conducts film and animation workshops in many countries on story development and visual storytelling and is also a jury member for numerous local and international film festivals. For his achievements, he was awarded an Honorary Masters in Creative Technology by UiTM where he was an Artist-in-Residence.