The Freedom Film Network (FFN) is 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.
We are a collective of filmmakers with a passion for sharing stories that can make an impact and contribute to a more just, equal and peaceful world.
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 self sustain from producing 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.
Skills and capacity building
for social filmmakers
Development and production
of social justice films
Impact strategy and production
Annual international human rights documentary film festival
Network building & Cooperation
community, national, regional and international level
The FFN was conceptualized and created by Pusat KOMAS, a Malaysian popular communications human rights NGO established in 1993. Pusat KOMAS organized the first FreedomFilmFestival in 2003 to promote human rights through social films. Since then this activity has expanded and grown to a point where we felt it would better serve its cause by becoming its own entity.
Freedom Film Network was formed as a not-for-profit entity under the registrar of companies in Malaysia. The FFN network and its activities are managed by a core team consisting of the Executive Director, a Program Coordinator and a part time Programme Consultant.