Filem Negara Malaysia
|Filem Negara Malaysia
|Executive agency overview|
|Formed||1 April 1986|
|Dissolved||2013 (merged with FINAS)|
|Headquarters||Petaling Jaya, Selangor,
|Parent department||Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture|
The National Film Department of Malaysia (Malay: Filem Negara Malaysia, FNM) was a government department under the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, which was responsible for the filming and documentation of national events. Its headquarters were located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. On 2013, Filem Negara was merged with the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) to form a single agency.
Prior to 22 November 1963, the National Film Department (NFD) was known as the Malayan Film Unit. The Malayan Film Unit started its operations in April 1946 and was based in Jalan Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. It was a unit under the National Communications Department (Jabatan Perhubungan Raya), thereafter known as the Department of Information.
The present National Film Department complex is situated at Jalan Utara, Petaling Jaya. It was officiated by the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni Al-Marhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail on 24 August 1965. In his inaugural speech during the official opening ceremony of the NFD's new complex, Allahyarham Datuk Senu bin Abdul Rahman, the then Information and Broadcasting Minister, had announced that the ministry decided to incorporate NFD to be one of its departments.
The NFD's logo was created by Mr. Gillie Potter, the Art Director at the Motion Pictures Division. He had incorporated the picture of a tiger in the logo to symbolise activeness, patience and strength. These traits were crucial for the Malayan Film Unit at that time as it was facing many obstacles to prove its capability.
NFD has a branch office situated at Kompleks RTM, Jalan P.Ramlee, Kuching, Sarawak. Sarawak's NFD branch, which was established in the mid 1960s, used to be the Sarawak Information Department Film Unit with the role of broadcasting and screening films produced by the NFD.
Act and functions
Filem Negara Malaysia's functions are clearly defined by an Act of Parliament which is the Functions of Ministries Act, 1969 P.U (A) 126 - Film Division and Production.
Among the functions of the department include:
- Production of documentary films and trailers
- Coverage of national events (archive)
- Storage and restoration of audio visual aids
- Selling of films and audio visual storage
- Distribution of the department's produced films
- Providing filming services
- The rental of the department's produced films