The 5th Luang Prabang Film Festival
6-10 December 2014
Outdoor Night Venue
Indoor Day 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.
Hotel de la Paix, a 5-star resort housed in stately French colonial buildings, will serve as our daytime screening venue. We will show three or four films each day in their meeting room at the rear of the property, which can accommodate around 50 people.
Short Film Venue
For the duration of the festival, we will be showing short films at the Friends Visitor Center, the headquarters and gallery space for the Lao Friends Hospital for Children. The screening room can accommodate around 25 people.
Every fifteen minutes, a free shuttle is available to bring guests between the two venues.
THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION WITH MAJOR CINEPLEX
Founded in 1994, Major Cineplex is one of the largest movie theater chains in Southeast Asia, with over 500 screens in 75 locations in Thailand alone. Now, the company has expanded into Cambodia, and is looking into Laos and other countries in the region. Two executives from Major will share the process of selecting and marketing films for successful theatrical distribution.
- Anusorn Chailertrit // Marketing Manager (Thailand)
- Noparat Srisaeng // Marketing Manager (Thailand)
SCRIPTWRITING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
The challenges of creating a good script are universal. From writer’s block to censorship constraints to story structure, there’s nothing easy about the task, but it’s arguably the most important ingredient to a great movie. In this panel, we will hear from both fiction and documentary filmmakers about their methods, tools, and inspirations.
- Daniel Ziv // Filmmaker (Indonesia)
- Anysay Keola // Filmmaker (Laos)
- Pimpaka Towira // Filmmaker (Thailand)
- Azharr Rudin // Filmmaker (Malaysia)
- Alfonso Torre // Filmmaker (Philippines)
TROPFEST SEA 2014
A regional version of the world’s biggest short film festival (based in Australia), the first Tropfest Southeast Asia was held in George Town, Malaysia in January 2014. The festival night drew a crowd of over 5,000 people to celebrate the screening of 12 finalist films, all made in Southeast Asia, and with a theme or “signature item” of rice. The grand prize, given to the Cambodian film simply titled Rice by Sothea Ines, was $10,000 USD and a five-day film immersion trip to Los Angeles, California.
SELECTIONS FROM THE FIRST MINI-VIENTIANALE
The Mini-Vientianale, the country’s first short film festival, held its inaugural event in Vientiane this past March with the aim to promote the makers of short films in Laos, the region, and further afield. The short film competition of the festival centered around the theme “You + Me,” and 16 brand-new Lao short films were screened. The three most outstanding films received prizes and lots of cheers from an enthusiastic audience. You + Me = One, directed by Vilayphone Phongsavanh, won both first prize and the popular vote. Lost in the Shadow by Khampa Pimmachack and Nirankoon Singpraseuth received second place, and The Candle by Yupalad Phedtanee came in third. The collection being screened at this year’s Luang Prabang Film Festival represents the top picks from the Mini-Vientianale organizers.
CROPSHOTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL SOUTHEAST ASIA 2014
Organized by DocNet Southeast Asia, CropShots showcases the best new independent documentary films from across Southeast Asia and the world in Jakarta, Indonesia, and then sends a best-of selection of the films on a festival tour through the region. Award winners of the SEA Best Shorts competition have the opportunity to travel with their films and meet with their producers, decision makers, and other Southeast Asian film students on their trips.
Among the 26 films in th e2014 program, 18 flms from the region competed for 3,000 euro and 1,500 euro cash prizes. Through the various films, Southeast Asian filmmakers share their perspectives on their own countries today – their hope, their longing, their struggle; their pride, their worry, and sometimes, the horrific past that continues to shape the present and mirror who they are today.
EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS (60′)
Alexander Cruz // Philippines
Hands Around in Yangon
Moe Satt // Myanmar
Aryo Danusiri // Indonesia
Soe Moe Aung // Myanmar
Another Colour TV
Yovista Ahtajida and Dyantini Adeline // Indonesia
THIRD SEX (57′)
Talking to My Best Friend
Le Ha Nguyen // Vietnam
Josh Kim // Thailand
Daughter and the Palmae Blossom
Polen Ly // Cambodia
Panu Saeng-Xuto // Thailand
CROPSHOTS VI: MY FOREST,
MY RIVER, MY MOUNTAIN (76′)
Children of Kubu
Benny Sumarna // Indonesia
The River, Our Ayeryarwaddy
Tay Zar and Pe Maung Same // Myanmar
Of the Dancing Leaves
BW Purba Negara // Indonesia