Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: FREEDOMFILMFEST is now calling for entries for their Film Grant Program and for films to be featured in the festival. The closing date for the Film Grants is 4 April 2015 and Film Entry is 1 June 2015.

FreedomFilmFest supports independent storytellers, whose stories illuminate people, issues, countries, communities or events in powerful ways, giving others a chance to deepen their understanding of the realities unknown to them. The thematic focus for this year will be films that open up new perspectives about freedom and human rights.

Films selected will stand the chance to win awards in these categories: Best SEA Human Rights Film, Best Malaysian Film, Best Short Film and Best Long Film. Malaysian and Singaporean filmmakers who have a film idea and need some financial support can submit their ideas to the Film Grant Program, whereby if their idea is short listed they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges and stand to win up to RM 8000 and SGD 5,000 to complete their films.

FreedomFilmFest will be organising activities in March to raise awareness for documentaries from South East Asia and to give new talents from the region a professional perspective. There will be an online release of the three winning pitch films from last year’s Film Grant Program for online viewing on the 6th of March at 9pm. The films “Fight Through Cartoon” by Mic Hoo and Zunar; “Anur Nak Sekolah” by Mohd Affandi @ Ronasina; Lebuh Agraria by Azharrudin will remain available for online viewing on the FreedomFilmFest website after the release date.

For budding filmmakers and those interested to submit a proposal for this year’s Film Grant Program, there will be a Proposal Workshop on the 15th of March conducted by MyDocs (Malaysian Documentary Association) and KOMAS, on how to present and pitch film ideas successfully and also give an idea of what the panel of judges are looking for in the FreedomFilmFest 2015 proposals.

Established in 1993, FFF is the most established annual documentary film festival on human rights in Malaysia and showcases a variety of thought provoking, daring and award-winning films that are not easily accessible on mainstream media. The festival is the birthplace of many Malaysian activists and social filmmakers and have focused on highlighting issues that are of relevance to Malaysia as well as our neighbours in South East Asia region and internationally. Last year, FFF received more than 320 entries from all over the world and screened 30 films in 6 states across Malaysia. A selection of our festival was also screened in Singapore and Nuremberg, Germany. This month, a selection of our films will be screened at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague, Czechoslovakia as well as the South East Asia Symposium in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

For more information on the Film Grant Program and and to submit films online, please visit our website freedomfilmfest.komas.org or email us at freedomfilmfest@komas.org.

Released by Anna Har
On behalf of FreedomFilmFest

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