7 Mar – Previously, it is very common to hear complaints from local movie producers and directors about the delayed screening of their pieces in Malaysia's cinemas due to a ruling by the Compulsory Screening Scheme or "Skim Wajib Tayang", which only allowed one Malaysian film to be screened in every two weeks, although this has now been rectified.
Come this 24 May, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) and Syarat Wajib Tayang (SWT) have amended their ruling to allow up to two local films to be shown in Malaysia's cinemas in a week.
According to FINAS's director, Mohd Naguib Razak, the decision is made after taking a deeper look at the increasing number of movies that are waiting to be released. To date, there are 70 films still pending, while there were 48 pending films back in 2011.
"We think that changes need to be made in the Compulsory Screening Scheme. By making a new ruling that allows up to two films to be released in a week, producers will not have to wait too long in getting their turns to have their movies in the cinemas," said Mohd Naguib.
However, he claimed that producers would not have to worry about being threatened by the amended scheme. "We will make sure the movies are released in different genres and that no same actors will be featured in the two movies that are screened in that week."
Local producers were also invited to join a conference with SWT during FINAS's open day on 16 March 2012 in order to field questions and improve communication.