Directed by Syamsul Yusof, who also starred in the movie, Munafik took home three other awards at the event that was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Sept 3. These awards were for Best Editing, Best Director and Best Actress, which went to Nabila Huda.
Prior to the event, Munafik won in the best sound editing category at a separate ceremony held by FFM28 organisers on Sept 1. At this event, 11 awards were given out.
Meanwhile, critically-acclaimed Tamil film Jagat was hailed as the Best Malaysian Film, beating nine other competitors that included the much-publicised OlaBola, multiple record-breaking buddy cop film Polis Evo and the refreshing movie, The Kid From The Big Apple.
Jagat‘s Shanjhey Kumar Perumal received the award for Best New Director.
The awards night went without a hitch despite earlier controversies that saw several filmmakers and producers pulling out of FFM28.
The problems began when FFM28 organisers National Development Film Corporation Malaysia (Finas) announced its decision to separate nominated films into Bahasa Malaysia and non-Bahasa Malaysia categories.
Titles like OlaBola, Jagat and The Kid From The Big Apple were not eligible to compete in the Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay categories as neither met Finas’ “70% Bahasa Malaysia” criteria. (As part of the requirement, 70% of each local film script must be written in BM for it to qualify in the award categories.)
After much debate, this ruling was overturned by Multimedia and Communications minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak on Aug 10. The non-Bahasa Malaysia categories were scrapped and a new main category for nominees that meet the 70% Bahasa Malaysia requirement was introduced for the first time at FFM28 – Best Film in the National Language.
FFM28 presented a Lifetime Achievement award to Sabahan filmmaker and producer Deddy M. Borhan for his major contributions in the Malaysian film industry, having revived a worrying, sluggish scene in the mid-1970s. Deddy formed Sabah Film Productions in 1975 and produced (as well as directed) Azura, the first BM film from Malaysia to hit a record RM1mil collection at the box-office.
Special Jury Awards were also handed out that night to OlaBola, Polis Evo and The Kid From The Big Apple. OlaBola received three other awards for Best Original Score, Best Theme Song and Best Costume.
Other FFM28 winners include Pekin Ibrahim (Mat Moto: Kami Mat Moto Bukan Mat Rempit) for Best Actor. Pekin also nabbed the Best Original Story award for the same film. Nota won the Best Screenplay award, while Polis Evo received a nod for Best Cinematography.
Fauziah Ahmad Daud (Langit Cinta) won Best Supporting Actress while Hushairi Hussain (Polis Evo) received the trophy for Best Supporting Actor.
Falisha Crossley (Mat Moto: Kami Mat Moto Bukan Mat Rempit) won for Best New Actress and Adam Shahz (Juvana 2) took home the award for Best New Actor.