FreedomFilmFestival 2017

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
– Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Festival Programme

This year the festival focused on the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in particular the recognition that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” FFF 2017 screened a total of 39 documentaries and short films. The festival programme included nine workshops, a SEA Video for Change network meeting, FreedomTalks, a series of panel discussion and events related to some of the themes carried in some of the films.

Film grants were given out:

  • Andrew Ng – The Hills and The Sea
  • Nor Arlene Tan & Grace Cho – Selfie with The Prime Minister

Award Winners for FFF2017 are:

  • Best International Festure: “An Insignificant Man” by Khushboo Ranka & Vinay Shukla
  • Best SEA Film: “Nokas” by Manuel Alberto Maia
  • Best Short Film: “Sittwe” by Jeanne Marie Hallacy

FreedomFilmFest2017 Report


In the News


FreedomFilmFest (FFF) 2017 may be over in the Klang Valley, but it's still fresh in the hearts and minds of the organisers and participants. This year's week-long festival successfully brought together thousands of members of the public at PJ Live Arts, who engaged in...


FreedomFilmFest (FFF), Malaysia's leading human rights film festival is back and proud to announce a diverse host of hard-hitting and courageous documentaries for 2017. Returning to PJ Live Arts, this year's festival offers a compelling line-up of 40 must-see films,...

Digital story telling for Seniors

New technology gives new opportunities! This workshop aims to encourage life-long learning and empower seniors to use digital technology to share their stories

Abai | Neglected

The Orang Asli population which consists of 18 tribes makes up of only about 0.5% of the 30 million population in Malaysia. Their culture is strongly tied to the land and nature.

#6054 – Bangsa Malaysia Workshop (BMW)

Malaysia’s slogan “Malaysia Truly Asia” best exemplifies the spirit of unity in diversity. But after years of independence, is the country really free of racism and discrimination?

The Hills and The Sea

This is the story of the hills and sea’s of Penang, highlighting the struggle of Mohd Ishak, a coastal fisherman and Joleen Yap, a wildlife researcher on Dusky Leaf Monkey.

Winners of the FreedomFilmFest 2017 Film Grants

The FreedomFilmFest is happy to announce this year’s recipients of the Malaysia Film Grants for the production of short documentaries with human rights theme. The submitters of 7 shortlisted proposals...

FreedomFilmFest 2017 Launch Event

FreedomFilmFest 2017 was successfully launched on the 17th March 2017 at the PJ Live Arts theatre  in Petaling Jaya. About 150 people were present to help us kick off this year’s festival call for entries and watch two documentaries – Seeking Justice by Norhayati...

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