FreedomFilmFest ended its weeklong run at PJ Live Arts last weekend on a celebratory note, kicking off its nationwide tour to cities around Malaysia. Compact versions of the festival will screen in Johor Bahru, Penang, Muar, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Ipoh and Singapore. The audience was supported by various international and local sponsors as well as close to a 1,000-strong audience from the Klang Valley.

“The FreedomFilmFest has enjoyed the steady and growing support of sponsors who believe in film and creative arts as a powerful agent of change and transformation,” said Festival Director Anna Har at the closing event of the festival. The finale screened a second run of A Syrian Love Story by British director Sean McAllister.

This year, festival organiser Pusat KOMAS screened its first animation documentary film – Moving Voices, in collaboration with Dasein Academy and BFM. The animation film featured six personal stories of people in the community of Jinjang Utara, and the screening was attended by members of the Jinjang Utara community.

The festival finale gave away three awards –

Best International Feature won A Syrian Love Story by Sean McAllister,

Best Southeast Asia (Long) won by Emak dari Jambi by Anggun Pradesha and Ricky M Fajar

Best Southeast Asia (Short) by Unsilent Potato by Sein Lyan Tan.

These awards were presented based on how well the film portrayed personal stories affected by national issues in a way that was compelling and emotive.

FreedomFilmFest’s nationwide tour will go to Johor Bahru (24th September), Muar (25th September), Penang (30th September to 2nd October), Ipoh (8th October), Kota Kinabalu (15th October) Kuching (5th November) and Singapore (19th to 20th November).

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