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Filipino star director Brillante Mendoza has been named as president of the competition jury at next year’s Malaysia International Film Festival. The second edition of the festival will run Feb. 25 – Mar. 2, 2018.

Earlier this year at the festival’s first edition, Mendoza won the best director award with his film “Ma Rosa.” “Mendoza’s gritty, powerful socially-conscious films are proof that cinema can play a vital role in illuminating and eliminating the social ills that plague our modern societies,” said Joanne Goh, MD of MIFFest.

Other jurors at the second edition will include directors Dain Iskandar Said (Interchange”), Tran Anh Hung (“Scent of the Green Papaya,” “Norwegian Wood”), Patrick Tam (“After This Our Exile”), actor-producer Lee Lieh (“Jump Ashin!,” “Monga”), and actor-writer-director, Suhasini Maniratnam (Bandhana, Suprabhata”).

Award-winning Malaysian actress Angelica Lee Sinje (“The Eye,” “Murmur of the Hearts”) continues her involvement with the festival as MIFFest Ambassador. MIFFest is supported by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) and Tourism Malaysia.