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The 3rd Luang Prabang Film Festival

1-5 December 2012

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 Filmmaker Present

Outdoor Night Venue

Indoor Day Venue

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Night Venue

Our outdoor screening space, the Handicraft Market, was renovated by UNESCO in 2003. At the main intersection in town, this venue is ideal for cultural and public events, and can accommodate over 1,500 people.

Day Venue

Amantaka, a 5-star resort housed in stately French colonial buildings, will serve as our screening venue during the day. We will show three films each day in their Exhibition Room in the main building, which can accommodate around 40 people.

Public Discussions

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Increasingly, film productions in Southeast Asia involve companies based in different countries. Sometimes filming takes place in more than one nation, or distribution is handled overseas, or directors work outside of their motherland. In this panel discussion, we will explore the advantages of multi-national collaboration.


  • Luke Cassady-Dorion, Director
  • Ananda Everingham, Actor and Producer
  • Sherman Ong, Filmmaker
  • Kong Rithdee, Journalist, Filmmaker, and Curator
  • Nicholas Simon, Producer

Documentary filmmaking has become more and more popular throughout the world, with many new productions being geared towards commercial tastes. The varied and colorful stories across this region lend themselves towards a filmic record. We will ask our panelists to share their experience making documentaries in Southeast Asia, and why they chose the medium for conveying a certain message.


  • Ian Bromage, Producer
  • Bradley Cox, Director
  • Peter Livermore, Filmmaker
  • Thanapanont Phithakrattanayothin, Producer
  • Shalahuddin Siregar, Director


Films Around Town

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From Opium Poppies to Coffee Beans
Director: Matt Robinson


Free the Bears
Director: Adri Berger

Portraits from Luang Prabang
Director: Adri Berger and Paul Bloxham

Song of the Lao Elephant
Director: Hyun Cheol Son and Adri Berger


Tai Dam Courtship Games
Director: Peter Livermore

A Lao Wedding in Luang Prabang
Director: Peter Livermore


Selected Short Films
Director: @ My Library Students


House of Dream
Director: Joshua Freedman


The Call of the Loom
Director: Nicholas Sauret and Joanna Smith

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Short Film Programs

Lao Shorts

Memory of Souls // Nicholas Sauret // 2005 // 18′
The Akha of Northern Laos have their own traditions and way of living.

Sleepless Nights // Xaisongkham Induangchanthy // 2012 // 17′
In Vientiane, a young working woman and a young night guard cross paths in an office.

Happy Laos // Vannaphone Sitthirath // 2012 // 17′
What makes Lao people happy? Let’s get a few answers.

Mom… I… // Phanumad Disattha // 2008 // 9′
A simple girl is living a simple life in Thailand with her beloved mother.

Phuan Folk Song // Doklao/Padetc // 2011 // 6′
Young Lao singers keep their traditional folk songs alive by learning this art from their elders.

Creative Juice for Lao Kids // Bounthanh Phongphichid // 2011 // 26′ 
Three illustrators show their artwork and discuss their impact on a new generation in Laos. 

Environmental Chongkham Phonekeo // 2008 // 1′
Two kids are on the way to enjoy the countryside, but are not prepared for nature.

Letter Back Home // Nith Lacroix // 1994 // 13′
Young Lao and Cambodians who live in San Francisco talk about missing their homeland and introduce us to their daily life.

The Cage // Anysay Keola // 2010 // 6′
A young woman is trying to find her own identity behind a closed door.

Lives of Ou River // Bouttasing Namthipkesone // 2012 // 24′
The Nam Ou is one of the main rivers in Laos, where the Khmu people have lived and died from one generation to another. 

Making Messages: Filmmaking for Public Service Announcements

Produced by the US Embassy and the Luang Prabang Film Festival, this workshop for 15 participants took place in July of 2012.

Throughout the world, documentary films are more popular than ever. Small, inexpensive high definition cameras and computer editing systems make it possible for nearly anyone to make his or her own film and filmmakers all over the world are telling their stories and the stories of those around them. In addition to empowering individual people, these new technologies are extremely useful in helping to educate people on social issues, including health, the environment, and public safety. Short films and commercials designed to change the public interest by raising awareness of an issue, affecting public attitudes, and potentially stimulating action are commonly called public service announcements (PSAs). 

Led by American filmmaker Bill Megalos, this workshop was devoted to teaching the skills necessary to make PSAs and issues-based media campaigns.


Peter Livermore: Selections from 20 Years of Filmmaking in Laos

British documentary filmmaker Peter Livermore first came to Laos 23 years ago for a film project and became profoundly attached to the people and the culture. Since then, he has relentlessly pursued the valorization of Lao culture through film, music, publications, and cultural actions, and now has permanent bases in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

With proximity to his subjects and the aesthetic quality of his images being central to his art, he feels it is essential to be on the ground and operate his cameras and microphones himself to try to capture the life and emotions of a people.

Livermore carries out his filmmaking activities between France and Laos, but also has many film missions throughout the world. In 1997, Livermore founded SevenOrients, a film production company with its own ethic and vision to serve culture and society, and equipped with a wide range of high-quality equipment in order to be able to better serve long-term documentary projects. In future years, SevenOrients wishes to participate in the rise of Lao film production and be able to offer its creativity to further this sector.



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