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.
To see current incentive application status visit FILM IN MALAYSIA - INCENTIVES.
A 30% cash rebate on Qualifying Malaysian Production Expenditure (QMPE).
Qualifying formats include feature films, television show (including Reality TV), theatrical documentary features, animated features and IMAX.
Minimum Malaysian Spend Requirement:
Foreign companies using Malaysia for filming and/or post‐production with a minimum in country spend of MYR 5 million (approx. US$ 1.2 million) for production regardless of nationality (inclusive of post‐production); or MYR 1.5 million (approx. US$ 350,000) for post‐production activity solely.
Television series must spend a minimum of MYR 385,000 (approx. US$90,000) per broadcast hour.
The rebate is subject to a salary cap of MYR 7.5 million (approx. US$1.7 million) per person.
Malaysian Crew and Intern Requirement:
At least 30% of the production crew must be Malaysian and a minimum number of 5 interns required.
An applicant producer must apply to the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) for a provisional certificate 3 months 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.