The Freedom Film Festival 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 FreedomFilmFest was first organised in 2003 by Pusat KOMAS, a Malaysian popular communications human rights NGO, who initially created and conceptualized the festival to promote human rights through social films. The Festival has expanded and grown over the years to a point where we felt its continued growth would be better served by becoming its own entity.
Making films that highlights the unseen, unheard and untold in Malaysia requires much passion and grit. There is almost no support to produce, distribute and produce what we call “social justice films” in Malaysia.
Nevertheless, in a national landscape where information and media is tightly controlled, social justice films provide an accessible form of alternative and counter narratives. In many circumstances, it can return the power of representation back to the disenfranchised and marginalised in our society.
Recognising this crucial and strategic role of social films and filmmakers, FFN aims to create a sustainable model for social filmmaking in Malaysia by building a dynamic network of social filmmakers who can support, inspire and work together to produce powerful and relevant films within the constraints of our reality.
Freedom Film Network conducts many programmes on skills capacity building for filmmakers, development and production of social change films, impact strategy & production as well as network building and cooperation. A major aspect of our work that cover all these aspects is organising the annual FreedomFilmFest and bringing social documentaries and human rights films from across the world.