This theme is inspired by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set out by member states of the United Nations that “No one should be Left Behind”.
Despite the advancement in science, technology and economy, humankind is further than ever from achieving an equitable society, it is reported that “82% of the global wealth generated in 2017 went to the most wealthy 1%.” (Oxfam at the World Economic Forum in Davos) (1)
The Cutural Gap between different groups is no less worrying. Despite the presence of social media and other new ways of communication, many cultural and social groups are becoming more alienated from one another – which some experts claim, is the cause of increasing religious tension, violence and extremism in the world. (2)
FreedomFilmFest would like to harness the power of film and great storytelling to create more awareness and empathy; and facilitate a deeper exchange between groups in order to close these gaps and inspire real change.
To ensure “No one is left behind” this year, FFF is introducing a Student category in our film competition. This competition will be open to all Malaysian college and university students and will be accepting films in any format (fiction/ non fiction/ animation) that fits our theme.
Last year, FFF screened a total of 39 films – twelve about Malaysia, fifteen about South East Asia and twelve international or other countries. We recorded a total of 114 screenings in the year, and went to not less than 10 cities nationwide and reaching out to not less than ten thousand people. (FFF2017 Report)
In conjunction with our launch of our call for entries, we are putting three Malaysian films premiered during FFF2017 online for a limited time only. We are also inviting people to organise small group screenings in schools and communities.
Deadline for submission of Proposals for Film Grants – March 31, 2018
Deadline for submission of completed entries – May 1, 2018
Freedom Film Festival 2018, Petaling Jaya – 12 – 21 October, 2018