“If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind.“
– Salman Rushdie, Author

Past FreedomFilmFest Awards

Past FreedomFilmFest Awards

The Freedom Film Festival sets out a theme each year to inspire regional and international filmmakers to explore and engage with topical human rights and social issues of the day. The Freedom Film Festival then celebrates the finest international and regional feature films, documentaries, shorts that tell the most compelling human rights stories with the Justin Louis Award.

In 2018 The Festival starts to award the prize to student film makers as we realized the need to recognise student filmmakers for their unique perspectives and the immediacy of their voices to our cinematic tableau.

The best of the Films in Competition each year are selected by the Festival Jury and awarded the Justin Louis Award, in recognition of the human right activist, in the following categories.

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Feature Film from South East Asia (regional)
  • Best Feature Documentary
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Short Documentary
  • Best Student Film
  • Special FFF Film Grant Program Winners

In addition to its regular films in competition, the Freedom Film Festival Film Grant is a highly competitive pre-festival Call to Pitch program to grant funding to selected films that we believe address issues that need greater exposure and financial backing.

Past FreedomFilmFest Award Winners

FFF2019

Harga Naik, Gaji Maintain

(Prices Rise, Wages Stagnate)

Best Feature Film
Pengidup Aku by Albert Bansa – Freedom Film Fest Grant Winner
Best Feature Documentary

Push by Fredrik Gertten

Special Jury Prize
Sisters for Sale by Ben Randall

Best Short Documentary

Mother, Daughter, Sister by Jeanne Hallacy

Special Jury Prize
50 Years of Silence by Tham Seen Hau

Best Student Film

Day of a Doctor by Fahmi Sani

Special Jury Prize
Bridge Commuters by Venus Oh

Freedom Film Fest Film Grant Winners
Pengidup Aku by Albert Bansa – Freedom Film Fest Grant Winner
Azreen Madzlan for Demi Paymitra -– Freedom Film Fest Grant Winner

FFF2018

Mend The Gap

Best Feature Film
Putri Purnama Sugua for Aku Mau SKola – Freedom Film Fest Grant Winner
Best Feature Documentary
The Cleaners by Hands Block & Moritz Riesewieck (Germany/Philippines)
Best Short Film
Retouch by Kaveh Mazaheri (Iran)
Best Short Documentary
Rising From Silence by Shalahuddin Siregar (Indonesia)
Best Student Film
Vani: A Flower in the Void by Eunice Alexander (Malaysia, 10 mins)
Freedom Film Fest Film Grant Winners
Putri Purnama Sugua for Aku Mau SKola
Lawrence Jayaraj for The Story of Kam Agong
Low Watan for In The Dark
Yusri Sapari for Trailer Boys

FFF2017

All Human Being Are Born Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights

(Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Best Feature Film
An Insignificant Man by Khushboo Ranka & Vinay Shukla (India) 2016, 96 mins
Best Feature Film South East Asia
Nokas by Manuel Alberto Maia (Indonesia/Timor-Leste) 2016, 76 mins
Best Short Film
Sittwe by Jeanne Hallacy (USA/Thailand) 2017, 18 mins
Freedom Film Fest Film Grant Winners
Andrew Ng for The Hills and The Sea
Nor Arlene Tan & Graco Cho  for Selfie with the Prime Minister

FFF2016

What Lies Beneath

Best Feature Film

A Syrian Love Story by Sean McAllister (United Kingdom) 2015, 75mins

Special Jury Prize
Among the Believers by Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Ali Naqvi (Pakistan/ USA) 2015, 84mins

Best Feature Film South East Asia
Emak dari Jambi by Anggun Pradesha & Ricky M.Fajar (Indonesia) 2015, 38 mins
Best Short Film

Unsilent Potato by Sein Lyan Tun (Myanmar) 2016, 22 mins

Special Jury Prize
Stories from my Father by Ashleigh Lim (Malaysia) 2016, 25 mins

Freedom Film Fest Film Grant Winners
Ashleigh Lim for Stories of my Father
Nova Goh for Unlocking Bengoh

FFF2015

Unseen, Unheard, Untold

Best Feature Film
Viral Sial by David Buri, Freedom Film Festival Film Grant Awards
Best Feature Film - International
I Will Not be Silence by Judy Rymer (Australia)
Best Feature Film - South East Asia
1987: Untracing the Conspiracy by Jason Soo (Singapore), 2015
Best Short Film
Living in the Drains by Marcel Simok
Freedom Film Fest Film Grant Winners
David Buri for Viral Sial
Nizam Andan for Sindiket
Chan Seong Foong & Victor Chin for Memory as Resistance: Grandma Kong defending her Village
J. Arrivu Jacob for Di Sebalik Runcit
Jason Soo for 1987:Untracing the Conspiracy

FFF2014

Freedom

Freedom Film Fest Film Grant Winners
Ronasina for Anur Nak Sekolah
Zunar & Mic Hoo for Fight through Cartoon
Azhar Rudin for Lebuh Agraria