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KOMAS invites proposals from social films or human rights documentaries from Malaysian citizens for the FreedomFilmFest 2011

Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS), a Malaysian Popular Communications Centre for Human Rights, was set up in August 1993 after two years of close consultation among several grassroots organizations and individuals in Malaysia. It was established with the main intention of servicing the organizing needs of groups involved in a whole range of issues in Malaysia today.

FreedomFilmFest (FFF), a human rights film festival was developed by KOMAS in 2003 to advocate human rights awareness and issues through the use of the film medium. The eighth annual KOMAS FreedomFilmFest (FFF) 2011 has been announced and entries are being invited for the same from social films or human rights documentaries for screening throughout October, 2011.

About the FreedomFilmFest 2011

The theme “DARE TO DOCUMENT” adopted since the festival’s inception 8 years ago expresses the spirit of social activism through filmmaking. The festival film screenings will provide a platform for ordinary citizens to express their views about the Malaysian social reality.

FFF 2011 will continue to feature the film proposal competition and its production into films. Other highlights of the program will include community and premier film screenings, roadshows & workshops in colleges and different sectors of Malaysian society.

Eligibility and Grants

All Malaysian citizens can submit film proposals based on any human rights issues. Three of the chosen best film proposals will be awarded a grant of RM6,000 each and supported by KOMAS to transform their proposals into a film. Finally one of these winning films will be selected as the “Most Outstanding Human Rights Film”.

Winners will also receive the Justin Louis Award and have their films premiere at the FFF2011 screenings in November 2011.

This is the 2nd year that the FFF is working hand in hand with the Selangor state government to  co-organise the premier and community film screenings in Selangor. This collaboration is done through the portfolio of the Selangor state Exco for Culture YB Rodziah Ismail.

Submission criteria:

-              Subtitled in English.

-              Mini DV/DVD format.

-              Duration of film: Less than 30 minutes

Including:

-              A short synopsis in English (less than 200 words);

-              A short biography on director (less than 200 words);

-              Still photograph/poster/artwork of the film

Last date for submitting the proposals is August 20, 2011

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