The Art of Fighting Wildlife Crime

8 December 2018, 10am @ Sofitel Luang Prabang

The Mekong region is a perfect storm - a source, transit route and final destination for many of the world’s most valuable and threatened wildlife species. This multi-million dollar trade significantly threatens the survival of endangered species including tiger, Asian and African elephant, and all rhino species, as well as pangolins - the most trafficked animal in the world. Illegal wildlife trafficking represents the third-largest illicit trade in the world, with an estimated value of up to $19 billion per year. Five filmmakers from the Mekong region will discuss how filmmaking can be used as a tool to raise awareness about illegal wildlife trade and reduce the prevalence of the practice. Panelists include:

  • Zarchi Damloup (Myanmar), Bo Bo & Mo Mo

  • Souksamlan Laladeth (Laos), Wildlife Photographer, Chasing Wildlife

  • Phan Lê Hạ Long (Vietnam), Breath

  • Linh Luyen (Vietnam), In Zebedee’s Memory

  • Sonepasith Phanphila (Laos), Children of the Jungle

LGBTQ Representation in Southeast Asia

8 December 2018, 2pm @ Sofitel Luang Prabang

The discussion of LGBTQ rights is often considered taboo, hindering the support of such communities within Laos and other parts of Southeast Asia. This panel will explore the importance of portraying untold stories on film, as well as the relationship between LGBTQ media representation and acceptance. Panelists include: 

  • Anucha Boonyawatana (Thailand), Malila: The Farewell Flower and The Blue Hour

  • Anysay Keola (Laos), Noy – Above it All, Founder of Lao New Wave Cinema

  • Bảo Châu Nguyễn (Vietnam), Founder/Director of Hanoi International Queer Film Project

  • Cha Roque (Philippines), Filmmaker/Activist, What I Would Have Told My Daughter If I Knew What to Say Back Then

Many Voices, One Laos

9 December 2018, 2pm @ Sofitel Luang Prabang

This short film program showcases the stories people who are young, elderly, LGBTQ, indigenous/ethnic, disabled, and/or women. Panelists and their projects for the “Many Voices, One Laos” program include:

  • Xam Keodouangdy, The Apprentice Singer

  • Vilaxay Khodmontry, Who Are You?

  • Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, Luang Prabang Soul

  • Soupha Rawady, Queerability

  • Mitpasa Sitthihakpanya, Dancing Styles

  • Ting Veu, The Flower on the Mountaintop

Finding Your Audience

10 December 2018, 10am @ Sofitel Luang Prabang

Around the world, it is difficult for arthouse cinema to reach an audience. Cinemas are closing, mainstream productions are consuming markets, and internet services and cheap DVDs are taking over. Though these trends are global, how do they uniquely affect and influence Southeast Asian filmmakers?

Hosted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

  • Sophie Bourdon (France), Locarno Film Festival

  • Xaisongkham Induangchanthy (Laos), Raising a Beast

  • Jeremy Sim (Singapore), Aurora Media Holdings

  • Lim Ying Xian (Malaysia), Siri

  • Edmund Yeo (Malaysia), We the Dead

Film & Social Change

10 December, 2018, 2pm @ Sofitel Luang Prabang

The language of visual storytelling resonates across cultures. With this versatility, film has a great capacity to encourage social progress. Whether taking the form of an LGBT short film or an environmental advocacy PSA, films can influence public thought. Panelists from various ASEAN countries – from feminist video-bloggers to documentarians working with refugees – will discuss how they use their art to envision a better world, amplify meaningful stories, and work towards change. Panelists include:

  • King Catoy (Philippines), Filmmaker, Video for Change Coordinator at EngageMedia

  • So Chandara (Cambodia), Double Jeopardy

  • Catherine Harry (Cambodia), Video-blogger/Activist at A Dose of Cath

  • Andrew Lowenthal (Australia), Media/Technology Activist, Executive Director of EngageMedia

  • Nor Arlene Tan (Malaysia), Filmmaker/Human Rights Journalist, Selfie to Freedom

Outsourcing Animation to Southeast Asia

11 December 2018, 2pm @ Sofitel Luang Prabang

As the animation industry develops worldwide, more Western projects are being produced in Southeast Asia than ever. In collaboration with its concurrent animation workshop, the American Film Showcase has invited animators from across Southeast Asia and the United States to discuss these global collaborations in animation. Panelists include:

  • Patrick Effendy (Indonesia), Director of CJR the Movie: Lawan Rasa Takutmu

  • Arthur Fong (United States), Visual Development Artist on Kung Fu Panda 3 and The Croods

  • David Kwok (Singapore), Founder and CEO of Tiny Island Productions

  • Juck Somsoman (Thailand), Founder of The Monk Studio

  • Aron Warner (United States), Academy-Award Winning Producer of Shrek, Shrek 2, and The Book of Life