We have moved down into the heart of UNESCO’s World Heritage Zone for this year’s festival. The outdoor courtyard of the Luang Prabang Primary School, once attended by Prince Souphanouvong, the first president of the Lao PDR, can accommodate over 800 people.
Sofitel Luang Prabang, a five-star resort housed in stately French colonial buildings, serves as the festival’s daytime venue. Our feature film screening room can seat 75 people, while our short film screening room can seat 20 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.
In the past decade, less than 2% of Hollywood’s films were directed by women. For this public discussion, we bring you five female filmmakers from five different countries to discuss the challenges of bringing their visions to light.
Bianca Balbuena (Philippines) – That Thing Called Meant-to-Be
Veteran Hollywood filmmaker Stephen Lim (The Insider, Wall Street, Born on the 4th of July) will lead a discussion on the integral role of the producer in film production, including how to maximize resources, managing expectations, as well as budgeting, scheduling, and other preparation work. Lim will explain how “making it their idea” will greatly improve the working dynamic on set, while allowing you to accomplish your own goals with efficiency.
Laos has hosted a few major international feature film productions in the past few years, namely from Australia, Canada, and Japan. Generally, these productions are a terrific injection of skills and experience into the domestic film industry and funds into the local economy. However, operating in a country with limited infrastructure and control of the media can also create challenges in cooperation. Panelists from both the public and private sectors will discuss how to make Laos an appealing and welcoming country for foreign filmmakers looking to shoot in Laos.
Sok Visal, LPFF’s Motion Picture Ambassador for Cambodia, will act as our guide on this full-day snapshot of the film industry in his home country. Using his expertise and position within the community as a producer, director, and curator, Visal will contextualize Cambodia’s current film renaissance, through ongoing discussion and screenings of a collection his recommended feature films and shorts. This Spotlight is our way of acknowledging and celebrating the great strides the Cambodian film industry has made in recent years.