FreedomFilmFest is organised annually by the Freedom Film Network, a not-for-profit body established to support and develop social documentary filmmaking within the context of freedom of expression and values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Malaysia.
The first FreedomFilmFest was first organised in 2003 by Pusat KOMAS, a human rights popular communications NGO. It was created and conceptualized to promote human rights through social films.
The Festival has expanded and grown over the years where we realised its growth would be better served by a new entity, Freedom FIlm Network, which is now its organiser.
Making films that highlight the unseen, unheard and untold in Malaysia requires passion and grit. There is very little support to produce, distribute and produce these “social films” in Malaysia.
We believe that social films serve as an important alternative and counter-narrative in Malaysia’s tightly controlled media landscape.
It can return the power to the disenfranchised and marginalised in our society, through the representation of their voices.
Freedom Film Network aims to develop a sustainable model for social filmmaking, through a network that supports, inspires and produces powerful and relevant films at the boundaries of our constraints.
We conduct programmes on capacity building for filmmakers, development and production of social change films, consult on impact strategy and network building and cooperation.
A major aspect of our work that cover all these aspects is organising the annual FreedomFilmFest and sharing the best of human rights films from across the world.