APPARAT is an independent film production company set up in 2009 by Malaysian filmmakers, Nandita Solomon and Dain Iskandar Said, to produce narrative fiction and documentary films, in collaboration with other filmmakers & storytellers from the Asian region and beyond.

Apparat’s first feature, Bunohan (2011), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was pre-sold to Universal Pictures for a slew of territories, with North American distribution by Oscilloscope Labs. Apparat released the film in Malaysia, where it received unprecedented praise from the Malaysian public, critics and industry practitioners alike. It was Malaysia’s 2nd-ever submission for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Apparat’s second feature, Interchange (2016), first made its world premiere at the 69th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. The film was picked up by Paris-based Reel Suspects for international distribution and XYZ Films representing North American sales. The film has since been to a number of international festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London IFF and the Singapore IFF among others, and is set to screen in several upcoming festivals this year.

The team at Apparat is currently working on a slate of feature film projects that range from supernatural to sci-fi thrillers.

  • Nandita Solomon - Producer Nandita is an award-winning creative producer, who believes in bridging the local and global via films with distinctive stories, characters and international production values. Her films have been screened and distributed both domestically and internationally, while projects in development have been presented at various international markets and forums. She has an Msc. in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a BA. in Anthropology from the University of Georgia, USA.  

    Photo Credit: Remin Anuar(The Daily Seni)

  • Nikki Tok - Finance & Accounts Nikki Tok Suh Ying is one of the rare production accountants in Malaysia. She has been honing her skills at Apparat since 2010 and has worked on Bunohan (2011), Interchange (2016) and other Apparat projects. She holds diplomas in both photography and accounting.
  • Dain Iskandar Said - Writer & Director Dain Iskandar Said is a Malaysian writer, visual artist and filmmaker whose stories explore themes of memory, cultural hybridity and the human condition. Dain returned to Malaysia from London in the early 90s to begin a versatile career that spans features, tv commercials, creative documentaries, video installations and experimental works that have been produced and screened internationally. His feature films Bunohan (2011) & Interchange (2016) established Dain as a force to be reckoned with in Malaysian cinema.  

    Photo Credit: Mountain Lin