Activities - American Film Week 2013
Partnering with the US Embassy, the Luang Prabang Film Festival organized the first American Film Week in Vientiane in May 2013.
Through the U.S. State Department's American Film Showcase program, the event hosted two American film experts, editor and filmmaker Mary Sweeny, and documentary filmmaker Eric Neudel. These visitors spent the week working with aspiring and established Lao filmmakers, helping them develop their talents. For five evenings, there were lectures and discussions open to the general public about various topics related to the American and Lao film industries by these guests, as well as other noted speakers representing international production companies, film in academia, and the U.S. State Department. A free screening of an American film followed these activities each evening.
The American Film Week also included the introduction of several new public service announcements created by young Lao filmmakers on the topic of Intellectual Property Rights. The screening of these public service announcements encouraged Lao audiences to think critically about why intellectual property rights matter to the local economy, and how the violation of those rights hurt foreign investment in Laos, as well as the viability of a domestic film industry.
On the final day of the American Film Week, a networking event for local filmmakers and their supporters was held. This reception also launched and raised money for the Lao Filmmakers Fund.