FIMO: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is FINAS?
The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) was established in 1981 through the Film Development Corporation of Malaysia Act 1981 (Amendment 1984) Act 244 (Amendment of the A589). It is the lead government agency responsible for the Malaysian film industry’s development which includes activities to promote, nurture and facilitate the development of the film industry in Malaysia.
Any foreign film producer planning to shoot in Malaysia should first contact the “Film In Malaysia Office” (FIMO) in FINAS for information on filming procedures and film incentives available in Malaysia.
What is the “Film in Malaysia Office” (FIMO)?
The Film in Malaysia Office (FIMO) is a department in FINAS that administrates the FILM IN MALAYSIA INCENTIVE (FIMI).
What is the FILM IN MALAYSIA INCENTIVE (FIMI)?
The “FILM IN MALAYSIA INCENTIVE” (FIMI) is the Malaysian Government’s incentive for content development specifically for film, television and other screen production in Malaysia. The incentive, a 30% CASH REBATE on QUALIFYING MALAYSIAN SPEND, is available to foreign and domestic producers covering pre-production, production and post production.
What is PUSPAL?
PUSPAL is “The Central Agency Committee for Apllication for Filming and Foreign Artists Presentations” under the aegis of the Ministry Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. It was established to assist and facilitate applications from foreign film producers planning to shoot in Malaysia. All foreign film producers need to apply to PUSPAL first to get approval for filming in Malaysia. FINAS is a permanent member of PUSPAL. For further information on PUSPAL please visit their website at: https://epuspal.kkmm.gov.my or Film In Malaysia Office.
What is required of foreign producers in order to film in Malaysia?
Follow these steps:
- Communicate with FINAS for advise on proper filming procedures.
- Appoint a Local Sponsor (also known as a Location Support Services Company) registered with FINAS to facilitate filming application and approval from PUSPAL on your behalf.
- Obtain approval from PUSPAL to film in Malaysia.
- Should your project be eligible for the FILM IN MALAYSIA INCENTIVE, please obtain application forms and guidelines to be submitted to the Film In Malaysia Office (FIMO).
How do foreign producers qualify for the “Film In Malaysia Incentive”?
Please refer to the foreign production guidelines
How do I prepare for the “Film In Malaysia Incentive” application?
- Please contact the Film in Malaysia Office at:
T: +603 4104 1362 / 1456 / 1387 / 1307
F: +603 4106 8509
Kompleks Studio Merdeka, Lot 1662, Batu 8, Jalan Hulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia.
Are visas and work permits required for foreign production?
Visas and work permits are required for foreigners. Information about this matter can be obtained at http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/foreign-worker and at www.imi.gov.my.
How do Malaysian producers qualify for this incentive?
Please refer to the domestic production guidelines
Are there production and post –production services available in Malaysia?
Are producers allowed to bring their own production equipment?
Yes, producers are allowed to bring their own production equipment. However, Malaysia also has several film equipment rental companies. You can either contact your Product Service Company for your requirement or obtain a list of filming equipment rental.