The country is the perfect destination for world-class film and television filming location, and there are many wonderful reasons for it.
A melting pot of mixed cultures
The country boasts its wonderful and harmonious living through respect and cultural understanding of different racial backgrounds. The Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians, Baba and Nyonya, Kadazans, Ibans, Orang Aslis (indigenous people) and many more provide delightful blend of rich cultural heritage, as showcased in their daily lives, and indeed in the delicious and delectable dishes from their culture.
Malaysia provides a great financial-saving alternative for filmmakers due to its low-cost of living as compared to its neighbouring countries. It is indeed favourable for large scale productions with larger technical crew, art department or background actors, to spend cost-effectively.
Malaysia’s creative tax reliefs are recognised as being the most transparent and inclusive in the world, with payable cash rebates of up to 30% on qualifying Malaysian production expenditure (QMPE). It is now one of the most cost-effective production hubs in the world.
Malaysia authorities have a positive approach to film productions shooting on public properties, provided with the requirements for proper authorised permits and approvals.
The country prides itself in having Iskandar Malaysia Studios, a premier destination for film entertainment production in Southeast Asia. It houses state-of-the-art film stages, TV studios, water filming tanks, and extensive production support facilities with the capacity to facilitate long and short-term productions of any size.
Crew & Talent
Malaysian film crew and manpower have excellent work ethics and are known to be extremely hard working. From the lighting or special effects technicians to production assistants, they don’t only meet the expectations, but also exceed them. Furthermore, they communicate well and are well-conversed in basic English as it’s widely spoken in the country.
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Key Important Documents For Production
Professional Visit Pass
State Filming Permit
State Government (For films taking
place in Borneo)
Local Authorities (City Council,
National Park, Wildlife Department)