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Freedom Film Fest Opens For Submissions, Seeks To Expose ‘What Lies Beneath’

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 March — International human rights documentary film festival Freedom Film Fest (FFF) has begun calling for submissions for this year’s edition. The festival, to be held from 20 – 28 August 2016 at PJ Live Arts, will this year explore the theme of What Lies Beneath.

FFF is a Malaysian initiative which aims to shine light on human rights and public interest issues through film. It began in 2003 as a response to the lack of support and promotion of documentaries and social filmmaking in Malaysia.

Organised by non-governmental organisation Pusat Komuniti Masyarakat (KOMAS), FFF has resulted in over 40 local Malaysian human rights documentaries seen by more than 100,000 people around the world.

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Filmmakers wishing to participate may submit documentaries up to 60 minutes in length and short films up to 20 mins, completed after 2014 and adhering to this year’s theme. All selected films will be evaluated by a special jury to be nominated for the festival’s local, regional and international awards.

This year’s theme is a call for everyone to dig deeper into the many urgent issues that individuals, groups, society and humanity are facing today. It is also an invitation to filmmakers and activists to unearth stories that help us see beyond the surface to bring about more meaningful insight and the appropriate action.

There is also a grant program courtesy of the festival which offers up to RM20,000 (or SGD5,000) for new or unfinished documentary films available for amateurs, first-timers and veterans.

In conjunction with the launch of this year’s FFF, a screening of critically-acclaimed documentary Frame by Frame will be screened on 31 March. Directed by Alexandria Bombarch and Mo Scarpelli, the documentary presents a rare look at Afghanistan, a nation deprived of photography during Taliban rule.

Winners at the festival include Azharr Rudin‘s Lebuh Agraria, which went on to travel to the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival and Clermont International Short Film Festival, as well as Nadira Ilana‘s historical documentary The Silent Riot, recipient of FFF’s Justin Louis Award for Most Outstanding Human Rights documentary in 2012.

For further information, contact Pusat KOMAS at or call 03-79685414. Make sure to follow FFF on Facebook too!

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