The first Pesta Filem Kita took place in 2016 on Malaysia Day at Cinetheque at KL Sentral. It was conceived as a festival to bring Malaysians of all backgrounds together with film as the medium.
Curated by activist Maryam Lee and filmmaker Muzzamer Rahman, it featured complimentary screenings, forums and workshops that were attended by over two hundred people.
Muhammad Shahrazif, Daniyal Kadir, and Kubendera MS Mahadevan had received RM7,000 each to produce their films in seven weeks, while Yow Chong Lee from Sabah and Lau Ung Ing from Sarawak received RM9,000 each.
This first film festival became a catalyst of sorts, and we knew that our story of growth had just begun.