FreedomFilmFest 2018, which will be held from 29th September – 6th October 2018 at PJ Live Arts, in Petaling Jaya and organised by the Freedom Film Network is excited to announce this year’s IDFA pitch.

The IDFA Pitch is open to any filmmaker who wishes to pitch their social and environmental justice film project at FFF2018 and will stand the chance to win a grant to participate in the IDFA Academy and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam in November 2018.

Documentaries pitched can be at any stage from early production to near completion but should focus on social issues in Malaysia. Filmmakers who pitch their documentary should also commit to submitting their documentary to IDFA 2019.

Film proposals should be submitted online [HERE] by 14th September 2018. Successful applicants will participate in our IDFA workshop on 1st October 2018 and pitch their stories on 4th October 2018.

This year we are proud to bring together two award-winning filmmakers to mentor the IDFA workshop and pitching session – Huang Hui-Chen and Joakim Demmer.


Huang Hui-Chen is an activist and documentary filmmaker from Taiwan whose films feature intimate profiles of the less fortunate and the exploited and is used for social change. Hui-Chen’s personal and thought-provoking documentary, “Small Talk” will be screened during FFF2018 and has garnered international attention by winning the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

Joakim Demmer is an independent journalist and filmmaker based in Berlin. Demmer has produced numerous reportages and documentaries focused specifically on social and political issues. His most recent work, “Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas” which will be screened at FFF2018 deals with land investments and disputable development aid in Ethiopia. It has been screened in over 35 countries and received several prizes.


For further information please don’t hesitate to contact

For more information on FreedomFilmFest and the Freedom Film Network visit our website. Full film listings will be up on our website soon –

The Freedom Film Network (FFN) is a not-for-profit body established to support and develop social documentary filmmaking within the context of freedom of expression and values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Malaysia.

The FreedomFilmFest (FFF) was conceptualized and established in 2003 by Pusat KOMAS, a human rights organisation as a creative platform to promote human rights and social filmmaking. In 2017, the organising of the festival was passed on to the FFN.

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