Public Discussion


Date: 9 December 2017 // Time: 2pm

Pirated copies of films have been ubiquitous in Asia for some time now, but with the rise of the internet across the globe, piracy is now rampant and universal. The easy access to free streaming films with few (if any) consequences remains a threat to the livelihood of filmmakers everywhere, particularly independent filmmakers. Panelists will discuss the issue of piracy, particularly as it applies to filmmakers in the Southeast Asia region, as well as potential preventative measures.

  • Panelists
  • Adeana Greenlee, iflix
  • Josephine Alon, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines
  • Peter Fowler, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Susan Lee, Motion Picture Association of America


Date: 10 December 2017 // Time: 2pm

In spite of the popular association of Southeast Asia with Buddhism, the region's most practiced religion is Islam, with adherents comprising about 40% of the region's total population. The panel, which is made up of Muslim film professionals and filmmakers who tell stories with Muslim themes and characters, will discuss how the culture and religion of Islam plays a role in their filmmaking or in the films of others.

  • Panelists
  • Harlif Mohamad, Rina 2
  • Kong Rithdee, LPFF Motion Picture Ambassador
  • Nurain Peeraya, Rina 2
  • Sheron Dayoc, Women of the Weeping River
  • Tunku Mona Riza, Redha


Date: 11 December 2017 // Time: 2pm

Kong Rithdee, LPFF's Motion Picture Ambassador for Thailand, will be our guide on this daylong excursion through Thai cinema. As film critic for the Bangkok Post and a filmmaker himself, Kong will use his comprehensive film knowledge to give context and add nuance to a screening program containing contemporary Thai features and shorts, as well as a special screening of the recently-restored 1954 classic, Santi-Vina.

  • Panelists
  • Boonsong Nakphoo, Wandering
  • Kong Rithdee, LPFF Motion Picture Ambassador
  • Laddawan Rattanadilokchai, The Couple
  • Sanchai Chotirosseranee, Santi-Vina
  • Sompot Chidgasornpongse, Railway Sleepers

Financing Your Nonfiction Film

Date: 12 December 2017 // Time: 2pm

Finding funding for a documentary film is no easy task. Approaching potential investors can be daunting, and mastering the best approach takes time, practice, and, perseverance in the face of rejection. Panelists will discuss the financing process and advise filmmakers on how to get the money they need to realize their projects. They will touch on different pitching strategies and the various sources of funding available.

  • Panelists
  • Bryce Norbitz, Tribeca Film Institute ®
  • Kenneth Lipper, American producer
  • Nontawat Numbenchapol, Thai director
  • Ramona Diaz, Motherland
  • Varadila Daood, In-Docs