PETALING JAYA, 18th August 2014 — Grand Brilliance’s feature films have swept all the Top 5 nomination spots for Best Film for the upcoming 26th Malaysian Film Festival (FFM 26). Grand Brilliance also dominates all five nomination spots for Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Sound. This is the first time in the film festival’s history that such a sweep by a production house has occurred.

The five films nominated for Best Film are KIL, KL Gangster 2, Penanggal, Rock Oo, and Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil. KL Gangster 2 is co-produced with Skop Productions while Penanggal is a collaboration with Astro Shaw. Besides the five categories, Grand Brilliance’s films have received at least one nomination in most major categories including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Story, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Art Direction, and Best Special Effects, bringing a total of 60 nominations altogether, the most by a studio in the festival’s history.

“We feel honoured with the nominations and it is a testament to the injection of quality that we put in all our projects, be it a heavy drama such as KIL or a light-hearted comedy such as Rock Oo. Some of these films have travelled internationally and now, to be recognized in their own country is an honour. We hope that this tradition will be continued in our future projects, and we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the individual nominees,” said Tengku Iesta Tengku Alaudin, General Manager of Grand Brilliance.

The Malaysian Film Festival, organized by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), is one of the most recognized accolades in the Malaysian film industry. Held since 1980, the 26th edition of the festival this year continues to honour the best film productions in the country with its theme, Malaysian Cinema Transformation. The awards ceremony is scheduled to be held in October.

In September last year, the period horror film Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil made headlines when it clinched a record-breaking 12 out of the 23 film category awards at the Profima Awards in Kuala Lumpur. Besides receiving critical success locally, some of Grand Brilliance’s nominated films have participated in esteemed film festivals globally as well. The 2013 thriller drama, KIL, received its worldwide premiere at Marche du Film in Cannes, France before representing Malaysia at various festivals including Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan 2014, Southeast Asian Film Festival 2014 in Singapore, and Fantaspoa 2014 in Brazil.

Full Nomination List of the 26th Malaysian Film Festival

Best Film

KIL (Grand Brilliance, Primeworks Studios)

KL Gangster 2 (Grand Brilliance, Primeworks Studios & Skop Productions)

Penanggal (Grand Brilliance, Primeworks Studios & Astro Shaw)

Rock Oo (Grand Brilliance, Primeworks Studios)

Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil (Grand Brilliance, Primeworks Studios)

Best Non-Malay Film


The Wedding Diary II

Paper Moon

The Collector

The Golden Couple

Best Director

Ellie Suriaty (Penanggal)

Kabir Bhatia (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Mamat Khalid (Rock Oo)

Nik Amir Mustapha (KIL)

Syamsul Yusof (KL Gangster 2)

Best Short Film

Jahit (Reservoir Production)

Cerita Satu Malam (Nazri Mohd Annuar)

Kekasih (Diffan Sina Norman)

The Pillar (Thumbs Up Team)

Mimpi Mah Meri (Yu Chee Boon)

Best Animated Film

The Adventure of Hoggie, Pinky Zero, Ali and Abu (Fakulti Teknologi Kreatif dan Warisan UMK)

The Curse (Thumbs Up Team)

Jinggo (El Videographics)

Best Screenplay

Alfie Palermo (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Ellie Suriaty (Penanggal)

Mamat Khalid (Rock Oo)

Nik Amir Mustapha (KIL)

Syamsul Yusof (KL Gangster 2)

Best Actor

Azry Iskandar (Penanggal)

Bront Palarae (Psiko Pencuri Hati)

Faizal Hussein (Longkai)

Rusdi Ramli (Tanda Putera)

Syed Hussein (Psiko Pencuri Hati)

Best Actress

Diana Danielle (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Kalpana (Dhusrajanam)

Lisa Surihani (Istanbul Aku Datang)

Sharifah Amani (Psiko Pencuri Hati)

Ummi Nazeera (Penanggal)

Best Supporting Actor

Azad Jazmin (Kolumpo)

Khir Rahman (Rock Oo)

Rosyam Noor (KL Gangster 2)

Sharnaaz Ahmad (Juvana)

Zizan Nin (Tanda Putera)

Best Supporting Actress

Anne James (KIL)

Nell Ng (Kolumpo)

Normah Damanhuri (Penanggal)

Ruminah Sidek (Kolumpo)

Umie Aida (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Best Original Story

Ellie Suriaty (Penanggal)

Kabir Bhatia (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Mamat Khalid (Rock Oo)

Amin Shakib (Psiko Pencuri Hati)

Fadzil Zahari (Tokan)

Best Cinematography

S.Y. Chong (KIL)

Haris Hue Abdullah (Istanbul Aku Datang)

Raja Mukriz (Penanggal)

Filus Ghazali (Tanda Putera)

Norhanisham Muhammad (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Best Editing

Rewan Ishak (KIL)

Wong Hui Lynn (Istanbul Aku Datang)

Akashdeep Singh (Penanggal)

Syamsul Yusof/Hisham Jupri (KL Gangster 2)

Adilan Azemi (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Best Music Score

Sharon Paul (Tanda Putera)

Bell Foo/JT Ng (Paper Moon)

Nik Mustaza Nik Mustapha (Tokan)

Hafiz Hamidun (KL Gangster 2)

Hafiz Hamidun (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Best Art Direction

Rewan Ishak (KIL)

Zahid Othman (Rock Oo)

Nazrul Asraff (Penanggal)

Aida Fitri Buyong/Kamarul Nizam (Tanda Putera)

Mazalan Zulkifli (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Best Sound

Mohsin Othman (KIL)

Mohd Rashid Othman (Rock Oo)

Adzrey Abdul Kamal (Penanggal)

Syamsul Yusof/Hisyam Jupri (KL Gangster 2)

Hafiz Hamidun (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Best Original Theme Song

Aku Datang (Istanbul Aku Datang)

Tika (Rock Oo)

Tokan (Tokan)

Puisi Sang Dewi (Lemak Kampung Santan)

Tanda (Tanda Putera)

Best New Director

Ellie Suriaty (Penanggal)

Nam Ron (Psiko Pencuri Hati)

Esma Daniel (Zaiton Ceritaku)

Nik Amir Mustapha (KIL)

Syed Hussein (Langgar)

Best New Actor

Ahya U (Tanda Putera)

Shukri Yahaya (Ular)

Karl Shafek (Zaiton Ceritaku)

Syazwan Zulkifli (Juvana)

Zul Ariffin (Penanggal)

Best New Actress

Cristina Suzanne (KIL)

Nadia Aqilah (Zaiton Ceritaku)

Nelyda Senrose (Cinderella)

Siti Saleha (Kerat 14)

Uqasha Senrose (Paku Pontianak)

Best Child Actor

Farrah Nadiah (Bisikan Syaitan)

Nur Adriana (Bencinta)

Putri Balqis (1 Lawan 1)

Rykarl Iskandar (Ajiboy)

Ahmad Ashraff Fahmy (Lemak Kampung Santan)

Best Costume Design

Hasnan Yaccob/Fadzilah Abdullah (Tanda Putera)

Akma Suriati Awang (Rock Oo)

Ameen Mustajab (Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil)

Sarah Lee Ann (Kara King)

Nasirah Ramlan (Penanggal)

Best Special Effects

Tanda Putera (Pesona Pictures)

Ular (Showbiz Productions)

Husin, Mon & Jin Pakai Toncit (Tayangan Unggul)

Lemak Kampung Santan (Tall Order Productions)

Penanggal (Grand Brilliance, Primeworks Studios & Astro Shaw)

Best Film Poster
KIL (Grand Brilliance, Primeworks Studios)

War of The Worlds: Goliath (Tripod Entertainment)

Bencinta (MIG Pictures)

Balada Pencinta (Grand Brilliance, Primeworks Studios)

Kolumpo (Otto Film)

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About Grand Brilliance & Primeworks Studios

Grand Brilliance is the film production imprint of Primeworks Studios, and consistently churns out an average of 10 feature films annually across various genres. Critically and internationally-acclaimed films which have been featured in film festivals around the world include Cinta, Songlap, Istanbul Aku Datang and the works of the late Yasmin Ahmad, Mukhsin and Talentime.

Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd is the content creation subsidiary of Media Prima Berhad and Malaysia’s largest production company. Producing TV content since 1984 and feature films since 1994, it generates an average of over 5,000 hours of TV content annually. Primeworks Studios’ business activities encompass content creation as well as content distribution and marketing. Content for the 4 commercial television channels in the Media Prima group i.e. TV3, NTV7, 8TV and TV9 constitutes a large part of the business and includes entertainment, magazine, documentary, drama and sports programmes. Flagship and popular shows include Anugerah Juara Lagu, Majalah 3, Nona, Welcome to the Rail World, Best in the World, Hip-Hoppin’ Asia, Jalan Jalan Cari Makan, Mentor, Melodi and Jejak Rasul.


For more information, please contact:

Lyn Nazlina Nasihin

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Juliana Mokhtar

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