Monday, 6 March 2017 : The Golden Wau Awards (GWA) has been put on hold for the time being, the Chinese FiIm Association of Malaysia (CFAM) recently announced.
The first ever GWA was held in 2013, and it was Malaysia’s first Chinese film awards celebrating local Chinese language cinema. However, while CFAM was planning for the next awards, the 28th Malaysian Film Festival (FFM) resolved its language segregation controversy by opening nominations to all Malaysian films regardless of language.
Since that development allowed fair competition amongst local films, CFAM decided to put a halt to the GWA for now. CFAM chairman Adrian Teh said: “Even so, CFAM will continue to serve as the bridge between Finas and the local film industry.”
The biggest winner of GWA 2013 was Ice Kacang Puppy Love (2010), the directorial debut of Penang-born musician Aniu (Tan Kheng Seong), which nabbed five awards: Best Film, Best ition in 2015 and 2016.
Only Ho turned up to accept award, as Chiu was outstation, and Teong was hospitalised for pneumonia. “Filmmaking is really tough. Hopefully, everyone will continue to work on making better movies, so that more people will get to see outstanding Malaysian productions” said Ho, whose latest film Mrs K opened the 12th Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan on March 3. The film also stars Hong Kong actors Kara Wai and Simon Yam, Taiwanese rocker Wu Bai and Malaysian actor Faizal Hussein.
There was also a special award for Best Film Investor/Sponsor, which went to dry food and marine goods producer Soon Thye Hang.
The CFAM also announced that five local Chinese films will be released this year: Mrs K, Teh’s comedy Goodbye Mr Loser, Saw Teong Hin’s Hokkien film You Mean The World To Me, Bryan Gao’s supernatural thriller Therapist and David Tian’s horror film The Returning.
Source : Internet