Gubra,the follow-up to writer/director Yasmin Ahmad'sinter-racial love drama Sepet,walked away with best film, best original screenplay and best actress for Sharifah Amani at the 19thMalaysian Film Festival ceremony Sunday night.
It is the second time in a row that an Ahmad filmreceived the top honours after Sepet swept six awards last year.Sepet wenton to pick up the best Asian film award at the last Tokyo International FilmFestival.
Ahmad, widely considered one of
But Ahmad was beaten in the best director categoryby Shuhaimi Baba for horror Pontianak HarumSundal Malam IIwhich also took best art direction and best theme song.
Comedy Buli Balik bagged both best actor for AfdlinShauki who is also the director and best supportingactor for Hans Isaac while the best supporting actress went to SazzyFalak for Bernard Chauly's futsal comedy Gol & Gincu
A special box-office award was given to Madya Abdul Razak Mohaideen's Bu
As the event for the first time accepted non-Malay language films, The 3rd Generation has becomethe first Chinese-language Malaysian film to compete at the event and Carmen Soo won the best promising actress award.
A total of 23 nominated features were screened overthree days from August 11. Another 40 shorts, 23 documentaries and 17animations were also in competition, making it a record year.
This year's event was organized by the Malaysian Film ProducersAssociation (PFM) and the Federation of Screen Guilds Malaysia (GAFIM) with thesupport of the National Film Development Board (FINAS) and the Ministry ofCulture, Arts and Heritage (KEKKWA).