The Malaysian government offers a 30% ‘Film In Malaysia Incentive’ for qualifying Malaysian production expenditure. This incentive is offered for domestic and foreign production, for production and post production approved activities.
A 30% cash rebate on Qualifying Malaysian Production Expenditure (QMPE).
Qualifying formats include feature film, telemovie, TV (mini) series, theatrical documentary, commercials, animation (theatrical & television), games shows and reality shows.
Minimum Malaysian Spend Requirement:
Foreign companies using Malaysia for location filming and/or post‐production should have a minimum in country spend of MYR 5 million (approx. US$ 1.6 million) for production regardless of nationality (inclusive of post‐production); or MYR 1.5 million (approx. US$ 485k) for post‐production activity solely.
Television series must spend a minimum of MYR 385,000 (approx. US$125k) per broadcast hour.
The rebate is subject to a salary cap of MYR 7.5 million (approx. US$2.4 million) per person.
Malaysian Crew and Intern Requirement:
At least 30% of the production crew must be Malaysian and a minimum number of interns are required based on the production size;
MYR 16,000 – 47,000 million (approx. US$ 5 ‐ 15 million): 3 trainees
MYR 47,000 – 140,000 million (approx. US$15 ‐ 45 million): 5 trainees
MYR 140,000 million and above (approx. US$45 million & above): 7 trainees
An applicant producer must apply to the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) for a provisional certificate before production commences.
Following the completion of the production and after QMPE receipts have been audited, the applicant producer applies to FINAS for final certification. FINAS will then assess the amount of QMPE incurred by the company.
For more detailed information, please go to http://filminmalaysia.com/index.php/incentive1