11 Oct – Dain Said's second directorial feature film, "Bunohan", once again opened the world's eyes to Malaysian productions, after it was listed as Malaysia's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the 85th Academy Awards in February 2013.
The action drama film will compete with 70 other films from around the world in the same category.
Other films that have been submitted for competition in the same category include Singaporean actress-turned-director Michelle Chong's directorial debut "Already Famous", and Indonesia's romance drama film, "The Dancer".
Despite the fact that "Bunohan" is still not a finalist, being given the chance to compete is considered an honour and mark of success in elevating Malaysia's movie industry to Hollywood's prestigious stage.
The five final nominees will only be announced on 10 January 2013.
Last year, "Bunohan" gained attention by nabbing international awards like the NETPAC Award at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival as well as being selected for screening at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival.
The film tells a gritty and tragic story of three brothers who have been separated and their eventual reunion in Bunohan, their hometown, steeped in conflict, betrayal and heartbreak. "Bunohan" stars local actors Zahiril Adzim, Faizal Hussein, Pekin Ibrahim and Bront Palarae.